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.”
To kick off Allies for Good, we’re teaming with Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI), a nonprofit dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. Advantis is providing 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.