Capitol Federal®, and our customers, give back in a grand way. For many years, CapFed® has supported communities and non-profits with a contest in which the winner gets a prize and then gives a non-profit of their choice a surprise donation. These ‘get and give’ contests allow winners to reward local non-profits for the great work they do in their communities, and allows the non-profit the opportunity to use the money for whatever they need most. Lives were changed and communities benefited from the amazing charities that were supported. Here are just a few of their stories.
Last year, the Grand Giving winner chose CASA of Shawnee County to receive $1,000. CASA volunteers provide a voice for children in the court systems. “The money we received from your Grand Giving went towards volunteer recruitment and training” said Executive Director Jessica Lehnherr. “Because the work our volunteers do is so sensitive in nature, we require extensive background checks and 30 hours of pre-service training before they are assigned to their first child. The more volunteers we recruit and train, the more abused and neglected children we are able to advocate for!”
In Wichita and Salina, local non-profits also received $1,000. The Treehouse, an organization in Wichita that helps women acquire basic baby necessities, used the money to buy 79 containers of baby formula, enough to make 735 four-ounce baby bottles. The Salina Rescue Mission used the money to offer a hand-up to men who have lost their way. Both organizations helped those in need through the Grand Giving contest.
In 2013, CapFed® held a ‘Stay Fed with CapFed’ contest in which the winner picked a food pantry to receive a $5,000 donation. Harvesters - The Community Food Network in Kansas City, MO, received a large replica Capitol Federal check just after the holidays. Harvesters’ President and CEO said “This generous donation will help harvesters provide 1,667 meals in our region at a time of year when many families in need are struggling to decide whether to heat their home or buy groceries. This gift will make a difference for many, many people in our region.”
These are just a few of the wonderful stories we wanted to share of customers making a difference. CapFed is proud of our tradition of supporting the communities in which we serve, and we’re excited to see which deserving non-profits will be chosen to receive a surprise donation. This year, one winner will be selected from Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City, Manhattan, Salina, Emporia and Wichita to receive $1,000. Then each winner will get the opportunity to pay-it-forward by giving another $1,000 to the non-profit organization of their choice, right in their own community!