Once a month, the credit union runs a fundraiser called Casual for a Cause, in which employees have the opportunity to make a donation to a selected nonprofit in exchange for participating in casual Friday. The amount that employees raise is then matched dollar for dollar by the TruStone Financial Foundation.
In 2018, TruStone Financial and TruStone Home Mortgage employees, along with a match from the TruStone Financial Foundation, raised more than $20,000 for charitable causes. Here are the organizations that TruStone donated its Casual for a Cause funds to last year:
- Ronald McDonald House Charities—drives programming to directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.
- JDRF—improves the lives of people with type 1 diabetes by funding innovative research, advocating for government action and providing a supportive community.
- Special Olympics—provides sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
- Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare—a hospital in Minnesota that treats children with complex conditions, rare disorders and traumatic injuries.
- Junior Achievement—partners with community volunteers to provide educational programs to local students.
- The Kenosha Achievement Center—creates opportunities for the personal growth and success of people with special needs.
- The Sheridan Story—fights childhood hunger by providing a weekend supply of non-perishable food to children in need.
- CaringBridge—allows people to easily create a website where they can get support from their community when a loved one is going through a health crisis.
- Prism—provides food to thousands of people in need, helps families obtain stable housing and supplies children with items for school and birthday and holiday gifts.
- Eric Benson Foundation—the memorial account created to help support the family of late TruStone branch manager Eric Benson.
- The Hope Council—provides supportive services to people affected by drug and alcohol abuse in the Kenosha community.
- Hoods for Heroes—raises awareness for health issues that firefighters face and provides them with a type of hood that can block 99.9% of carcinogens.
- City of Cudahy Fire Department—Cudahy, Wisconsin’s local fire department, who used the funds to help pay for water rescue equipment.
- Toys for Tots—provides toys to economically disadvantaged children during the holidays.
- Second Harvest Heartland—fights hunger in the Upper Midwest through leadership and innovation.
- Feed My Starving Children—provides nutritionally complete meals to malnourished children across the world.