CoVantage Cares

A financial institution that gives away money? That's us. Our CoVantage Cares Foundation contributes to hundreds of organizations that assist the needy and improve the quality of life in our local communities.

At CoVantage, we put our money where our heart is.

At CoVantage, we're not just passionate about providing great financial services. We're also passionate about supporting the Wisconsin and Michigan communities we serve. That's why we contribute thousands of dollars and provide hands-on support to organizations that assist residents facing financial challenges and to efforts to improve the quality of life and long-term viability of our communities through our CoVantage Cares Foundation. Our Foundation Board of Directors awards grants four times a year. It gives priority to organizations and efforts that:

  • Improve the vibrancy and livability of CoVantage communities.
  • Make long-lasting improvements to the quality of life for CoVantage members.
  • Improve financial wellness and financial education for a specific group.
  • Promote the credit union mission of working with members experiencing financial challenge.
  • Use foundation resources wisely while meeting a specific community need.

CoVantage Cares Foundation Pledges $150,000 in Matching Funds

The 4th Annual CoVantage Cares Foundation Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign will run Dec. 3 through Dec. 17. Funds generated will be matched with up to $150,000 in contributions from CoVantage Cares Foundation. Local non-profit organizations to receive funding from this year’s campaign were selected by CoVantage staff and are located throughout the communities served by CoVantage.

Charities selected to receive funding from the fourth annual Giving Tuesday initiative and their sponsoring CoVantage branches include:

  • United Way of Langlade County (Antigo)
  • The Neighbors’ Place (Wausau, Weston, Rib Mountain, Rothschild)
  • Elcho Food Pantry (Elcho)
  • Midwest Indian Mission, Inc./New Hope Shelter & Transitional Housing (Crandon)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Lakes (Rhinelander)
  • Operation Bootstrap Inc. (Stevens Point)
  • Bridge the Gap, Inc. (Shawano)
  • Suamico Fire Department (Suamico)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Fox Cities (Neenah, Menasha, Appleton)
  • Iron Endurance/Crystella Rec. Assoc. (Crystal Falls, MI)
  • Sons of American Legion Reino Squadron No 21 (Iron River, MI)
  • Menominee Opera House (Menominee, MI).

Last year, checks totaling over $307,000 were presented to local non-profit organizations that were the recipients of our 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign. These funds came from $181,763 in business and individual donations, with an additional $125,000 added from the  matching grant from CoVantage Cares Foundation. This year, we are hoping to give the selected charities a total of $350,000, including the Foundation’s matching funds.

To make a donation, login to MyCoVantage, stop at any CoVantage branch, or download and mail the PDF form.

Application Process

  • A Grant Request Application can be completed by downloading an application. Grant Application Guidelines are also available to download.
  • Completed applications must be submitted either online or by U.S. mail and received no later than 5 p.m. on the first working day of March, June, September, or December.
  • The Foundation Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis and will consider requests received prior to the above deadlines.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application shortly after such Board consideration.
  • Requests not typically funded include: Operating expenses, losses, or salaries; Improvements to personal property of an individual; Requests that would primarily benefit individuals; Requests to support individuals or groups outside CoVantage Credit Union's charter area.

Assist Through AmazonSmile

When shopping at Amazon, please begin at smile.amazon.com every time you shop and support the CoVantage Cares Foundation, Inc. by selecting us as your charity! It doesn't cost you anything extra. Amazon makes a donation to CoVantage Cares on every eligible purchase you make. You'll get the same products and prices, with the added bonus that Amazon will give .5% of the purchase price from your Amazon order to the Foundation. You use the same account on amazon.com and smile.amazon.com, and your shopping cart and other settings are the same.

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