Advantis was built on the principle of “people helping people,” and for the last 92 years, community giving and support have been at the heart of that ideal. We’re excited to announce a new program devoted to serving as allies for our friends and neighbors.
Through our Allies for Good community giving program, Advantis is dedicating one-third of our philanthropy budget to supporting communities that have faced exclusion and underrepresentation.
We’re pledging to serve as allies for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, people of color, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented communities. And with Allies for Good, we aim to lift the voices of these communities and create greater opportunity and representation. The foundational pieces include financial support of nonprofits dedicated to supporting these communities, education and resource initiatives, new products and services, and volunteer service.
“Advantis is committed to working as an ally by using our position to promote progress,” said Jason Werts, Advantis President and CEO. “We’re listening and learning to find meaningful ways to help underrepresented communities within our community, within the way we do business and within the credit union movement. It’s not just good business, but most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.”
Self Enhancement, Inc.
To kick off Allies for Good in January, 2021, Advantis partnered with Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), a nonprofit dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. Advantis provided SEI with a grant of $20,000 to support internet access for online learners.
The grant will directly help economically disadvantaged local students impacted most by online access and connectivity issues. SEI will use the grant to provide greater bandwidth and internet accessibility for 66 students and their families across the metro area, making it easier for them to attend and participate in online classes and other learning activities.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
In May of 2021, Advantis provided the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) with a $5,000 grant to support their work in fighting hate crimes, violence, and hurtful rhetoric against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Advantis is committed to being a safe and supportive place for the Asian American community and all people of color. We’re shocked by the 2021 tragedy in Atlanta that deeply affected the Asian American community, and the continued rise of hate crimes, violence, and hurtful rhetoric against Asian Americans. Advantis is proud to support APANO, a critical organization that unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work.
We want to affirm our commitment to being a safe, supportive, and inclusive place for our employees, members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. In June of 2021 Advantis recognized Pride Month by making a $5,000 donation to the Q Center, which provides safe spaces, community building, and empowerment for positive growth of the LGBTQIA+ communities as part of our Allies For Good Community Giving program. Advantis is proud to support the Q Center, which is the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in the Pacific Northwest, and offers a variety of impactful community programs dedicated to sexual orientation, gender identity, addiction and mental health support, and more.
Portland Opportunities and Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School
Advantis celebrates the creation of Juneteenth as a new Federal holiday, an important day of remembrance and recognition of Black American history. We recognized this day (June 19, 2021) with a $5,000 donation to Portland Opportunities and Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School, (POIC + RAHS), which provides services to underserved youth and adults as part of our Allies For Good Community Giving program. POIC + RAHS reconnects alienated at-risk youth and adults affected by poverty, family instability, and homelessness to education, career training, and culturally-specific wraparound programs, including services for families impacted by the criminal justice system. Advantis is proud to support POIC + RAHS and the impactful work they do in our community.