Awards and Recognition

Advantis Receives 2013 Top of the Hill Award

Advantis is honored to have recently received a 2013 Top of the Hill Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. This special recognition is for credit unions that have excelled and increased their participation in major advocacy programs including: Project Zip Code, CULAC, and the CU Advocate Program.

Top of the Hill Award

Advantis Board Chair Named Credit Union Advocate of the Year

Jake Jensen, Advantis Board Chair, was named the Northwest Credit Union Association 2013 Oregon Credit Union Advocate of the Year. Over the past year, Jake has worked tirelessly on behalf of the credit union movement, supporting the Don’t Tax My Credit Union campaign, delivering the CU message in person to members of Congress, and by hosting an Oregon Congressman at Advantis for a town hall meeting. When Jake isn’t volunteering for Advantis and supporting credit unions, he’s protecting and serving the community as a Portland police officer.

Advocacy Award
Mark Minickiello, NWCUA VP Legislative Affairs, Pamela Leavitt, NWCUA Oregon Legislative Affairs Specialist, Advantis Board Chair Jake Jensen, Jennifer Wagner, NWCUA VP Legislative Advocacy

Celebrating 85 years of cooperative banking
85 Years

Our credit union tradition of “people helping people” began on September 5, 1928, when 36 employees joined together to create a true financial cooperative. Informally known as the “Down and Outers’ Club,” these original credit union members pooled their savings, each contributing what they could to make loans to one another in a time of need. At a time when consumers were often charged upwards of 50 percent annual interest, credit union borrowers paid a fair and reasonable rate, and savers received a strong dividend on their savings in return.

From these humble beginnings, Advantis’ has grown to become Oregon’s fourth largest, not-for-profit credit union – 53,000 members strong. Advantis members enjoy higher earnings on savings and pay lower costs for credit and financial services than they would at a for-profit bank. As we celebrate our 85th anniversary of “people helping people” we thank YOU, our member-owners, for your trust and loyalty. We remain dedicated to keeping your credit union safe and sound and helping our members improve their financial lives. Your participation benefits you and your fellow members and makes our cooperative stronger. Thank you Advantis members – we appreciate you!

Advantis Awarded for 2012 GROW Campaign!

Last week, Advantis received a Spectrum Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association for our 2012 GROW Community Fund Campaign! Launched in 2011, GROW: The Advantis Community Fund awards small and moderate sized non-profits with funding for locally-identified needs, helping these organizations improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. In 2012, Advantis awarded $50,000 in total grants to seven organizations for specific, one-time capital expenses and short term projects that promised long-term benefits for our community.
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Grow Award

Advantis donates $7,500 to help at-risk youth achieve an education

We believe education and learning can lead to incredible possibilities. That's why Advantis recently donated $7,500 to non-profit Friends of the Children, funding scholarships for at-risk youth to further their education and vocational training. The scholarships will help youth facing poverty, unstable home lives, and other challenging circumstances achieve greater opportunities. This is the second year Advantis has supported the scholarship program at Friends of the Children, a non-profit organization that provides Portland's most vulnerable children with intensive and long-term mentoring and resources throughout their K-12 school years.

Friends of the Children Donation
Advantis Credit Union President/CEO Bob Corwin and Vice President of Marketing Wendy Edwards present a check to Terri Sorensen, President of Friends of the Children, to support the non-profit’s college scholarship program on April 9, 2013

Mortgage Graphic Advantis named #13 on list of Residential
Mortgage Lenders

The Portland Business Journal named Advantis Credit Union the #13 Residential Mortgage Lender in Portland. We funded 1,550 residential loans in 2012, for a total loan volume of $302 million. At Advantis we offer a wide variety of mortgage options and solutions. Our mortgage team has a wealth of real estate lending experience and serve as guides through the entire mortgage process from application through closing.

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