Having been founded by teachers in 1939, the credit union has always held education as one of its core values. Over the years, as TruStone has evolved, we have found ways to incorporate our dedication to education into everyday operations, such as offering free financial check-ups to the community to help them better understand their finances. Wherever possible, we find ways to give back to our neighbors and foster education in the community.
Here are some of the ways we have given back over the past year.
Scholarships for Local Students
Every year, the TruStone Foundation offers scholarships to graduating high school students who are pursuing higher education or enlisting in the military. These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, the student’s involvement in school and community activities, work ethic and their response to an essay prompt on money management. In 2019, the Foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to local students. It is our hope that the scholarships make it a little easier for these students to achieve their goals and help them on their path toward long-term financial well-being.
Volunteering for Financial Education Organizations
Many TruStone employees are involved in community service for organizations that support financial education in our greater communities. In 2019 alone, employees and the TruStone Financial Foundation donated $10,000 to Junior Achievement. This non-profit provides financial education to more than 700 schools and hundreds of thousands of students in the upper Midwest. TruStone employees volunteered more than 250 total hours to the organization through fundraising events and Junior Achievement-sponsored educational events. Organizations and programs like these help our community’s youth build fundamental financial knowledge early on so that they are better equipped to make smart decisions about money later on in life.
Providing Free Online Financial Education
TruStone understands that not everyone has the time to teach themselves about finances, and even for those who do, they may not know where to begin. We wanted to help make financial education more accessible and convenient. In the fall of 2019, TruStone launched a new, free tool members can use to develop their financial know how. The TruStone Financial Education Center is a personalized digital program that helps you learn what you need to know to reach your financial goals. Learn about topics like credit cards, investment properties, tax basics, financial caregiving and more. The Education Center gives you a personalized lesson plan based on your financial goals and situation. Or, you can choose any lesson you’re interested in. You can learn about the topics that matter most to you, a few minutes at a time.
Donating to Local Athletics Programs
For the past five years, TruStone Financial has been a sponsor of KARE 11’s Prep Sports Hot Highlights program. Each week of this program, which runs during the fall football season, KARE 11 News Anchor Randy Shaver nominates three top football plays from area high schools, and KARE 11’s social media followers vote for their favorite. TruStone Financial donates $1,000 to each of the winning schools’ general athletic and activity funds, helping to support athletic education so that area students can continue to learn important skills like teamwork and commitment.
We have been proud to support education in numerous ways over the decades, and we look forward to finding more opportunities to continue our support in the future.