November 9th, 2011

Checking 4 Change – Vote Now to Choose our Next Feel Good Checking® Partners

Go here to Vote! Over the past three weeks, you have nominated more than 100 amazing local non-profits. After a grueling process of reviewing all of these incredible organizations, we have chosen 12 finalists to be in the running to become one of SMCU’s four new Feel Good Checking® partners.

To choose the finalists, we carefully rated each nominee against a number of criteria, including:

  • Whether they had confirmed a willingness to partner with SMCU.
  • Whether they represented a category that was under-represented by the existing Feel Good Checking partners.
  • How well they engaged with their supporters. This included considerations like whether they had a newsletter, or blog or an active Facebook or Twitter community.
  • How well they exhibited the Seven Principles in their organization.
  • The degree to which a partnership with SMCU might be mutually beneficial.

The finalists represent four categories: Animal Non-Profits, Art and Culture Non-Profits, Environmental and Sustainability Non-Profits, and Health and Wellness Non-Profits.

The 12 finalists are…

Animal Category

Old Dog Haven
Old Dog Haven is comprised of a network of people who work to find safe, loving homes for abandoned senior dogs in Western Washington and look to provide a good quality of life for those dogs that may not have much time left.

PAWS
PAWS is an organization dedicated to the welfare of all kinds of animals. They work to place companion animals into good homes and provide medical assistance and rehabilitation for injured wildlife, so they can be returned to their natural habitats.

The Seattle Humane Society
For more than 110 years, the Seattle Humane Society has been an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of all animals in King County. They offer animal adoption, veterinary services, training and a host of other programs to help ensure that animal companionship is accessible to everyone.

Art and Culture Category

KEXP
KEXP is listener-powered radio that has grown from a small station into an innovative cultural force in the Seattle music community. They depend on donations from supporters and companies to continue their work to champion music and musical discovery.

Nature Consortium
The Nature Consortium is a community-based organization whose mission is to connect people, arts and nature. They believe that by nurturing the connection between the natural and artistic worlds both will be enriched.

The Vera Project
Vera believes in creating a culture of participation in and appreciation for music and the creative arts. They provide experiential learning for all ages, with a focus on young people between the ages of 14 and 24.

Environmental and Sustainability Category

Bike Works
Bike Works strives to promote sustainable transportation options for people of all ages. They work with young people to encourage them to experience the freedom and joy of bicycle riding while building their self-esteem and sense of personal empowerment.

City Fruit
City Fruit works with residential tree-owners to grow and harvest healthy fruit. They encourage people to use what they can and share what they don’t need. They collaborate in local food production, climate protection, and other projects to help nourish people, build community and protect the climate.

Seattle Tilth
Seattle Tilth is dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources. They produce a host of programs to help the would-be urban farmer to optimize their space and get the most from their available resources.

Health and Wellness Category

Full Life Care
Full Life Care works with frail elders and those with chronic or terminal illnesses and disabilities to enhance their quality of life. They strive to provide those in their care with the means to maintain their independence and continue to find the joy in everyday life.

March of Dimes-Washington Chapter
The March of Dimes is committed to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. They champion ground-breaking research that makes a difference in the lives of infants and their families.

Neighborcare Health
Neighborcare Health is the largest provider of primary medical and dental care for the uninsured and most vulnerable members of the Seattle community. Each year they care for more than 48,000 patients at their 16 clinics as part of their efforts to improve the overall health of their communities.

Vote for your favorite

Between Wednesday, November 9th and midnight, Monday, November 14th, you can vote to help determine which of these 12 finalists will become new Feel Good Checking partners. The public vote will be a major factor in deciding which organizations will represent each category.

To vote, go to SMCU’s Facebook page and select the “VOTE NOW” tab on the left side of the page1. Share the contest with your friends and encourage them to vote.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 16th.

1You must be a registered Facebook user to vote. Each user can vote one time.

4 Responses

  1. Benjamin K. says:

    While I understand tha using Facebook to register votes for the Checking 4 Change finalists is easy and accessible, I wonder how many other votes like mine won’t be registered because I don’t allow FB apps to access my information. I don’t need FB to “streamline” my experience based on my work history, which has nothing to do with voting on my credit union’s charity drive.

    Next year, perhaps consider an alternate voting method. Thanks.

  2. S. Lind says:

    SMCU has been a great friend to me. I joined many years ago, and have had wonderful service from everyone associated with SMCU.

    When I needed a car loan, the credit union not only gave me a great rate, but processed the loan immediately.

    There has never been a fee for any transaction I have made in the last 21 years.
    Go SMCU!

  3. TMR says:

    I don’t like that I have to download third-party software to my computer in order to vote for our new community partner. I’m a member of SMCU and support the Facebook page. Why can’t I vote via email our through our credit union site?

    • SMCU says:

      We are very pleased with the response to Checking for Change, but some members have expressed concern about using Facebook for the voting process. SMCU understands that many Facebook users do not wish to grant 3rd party applications (“apps”) access to their profiles. After listening to several comments on this matter, we will be considering alternate voting solutions for future contests.

      According to Facebook, the point of giving an app permission to access your information is to create a personalized experience and connect you with your friends. The Developer’s Principles and Policies restrict how apps can access this information, and apps are legally obligated to respect the privacy settings you’ve chosen for your account.

      Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union credit union is dedicated to protecting our members’ privacy. We are happy to answer questions and provide resources to help you keep your information secure.

      Should you wish to revoke access to any Facebook app, follow these steps:

      1. Log in to Facebook
      2. Click Account Settings Arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Account Settings.
      3. From the menu in the left column, select Apps to access your profiles App Settings.
      4. From the list provided, locate the app you with to remove and click the ‘X’ to the right of the Edit button. Once you confirm you’d like to remove the app, it will no longer have access to your data. It will be removed from your profile, bookmarks, and your Apps and Games home page dashboards.