BrightStar Named Philanthropic Company of the Year
Today, BrightStar Credit Union was named Broward County’s Outstanding Philanthropic Company for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Credit Union was presented the award on National Philanthropy Day by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter. BrightStar was nominated for the award by the Broward Education Foundation, a non-profit arm of the School Board of Broward County.
“This award is especially important to us because it celebrates our long history with Broward County Schools,” said Ralph Crockett, President and CEO of BrightStar Credit Union. Helping Broward Schools recognize excellence in school administrators, teachers, students, mentors and volunteers is part of BrightStar Credit Union’s mission.
BrightStar provides financial and in-kind support for many Broward educational activities and organizations, including the Broward Education Foundation, Partners In Education and Broward County Public Schools directly. Through various partnerships, the Credit Union provides grants, scholarships and other resources for students, teachers, PTAs and administrators. Examples include the district-wide funding of Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for students—fundraising for homeless students in Broward—as well as its CU@School Student Financial Literacy Program.
BrightStar has been the recipient of numerous awards in the community over the years. In 2005 BrightStar was recognized by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society as one of the ‘Businesses That Built Fort Lauderdale;’ in 2006 BrightStar was named the Broward Schools District Partner of the Year; and in 2007 the Credit Union received the State of Florida’s Education Commissioner Business Recognition Award for its dedication to education.
In addition to its support for education, BrightStar is a proud sponsor of the annual Historic Sistrunk Festival, Broward County’s largest and longest-running African and Caribbean American festival. BrightStar has also raised money (more than $40,000) for hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans and for earthquake victims in Haiti.