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Based in Sunrise, and one of the largest credit unions in south Florida with 50,000 members, BrightStar raised a total of $21,133 for the American Red Cross to assist in the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. BrightStar collected a total of $11,133 from members and employees through their six locations in Broward County. BrightStar then matched that amount up to $10,000 for a grand total of $21,133. A financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.
Help Spread a Little Holiday Cheer! BrightStar Credit Union is holding our Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The toy drive is a great way for members and BrightStar employees to help make a difference. We have partnered with Family Central Inc. on this project.
We’ve placed a Toy Drive drop box in each BrightStar location for you to make toy donations. NEW unwrapped toys are needed for ages infancy to 17 years. Please click here to view a list of suggested items. The deadline to drop off toys at BrightStar is Monday, December 10, 2012. Gift cards and movie passes are also welcome.
Help spread the word about the Toy Drive so we can collect as many toys as possible for needy kids. Even small donations can go a long way. We are still collecting donations for the victims of hurricane Sandy. Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and thank you for your support.
BrightStar Credit Union’s financial literacy website, BrightStar University, was recently named a top pick for “Best Multimedia Collection” by NerdWallet.com.
BrightStar University offers a variety of free resources, lessons, curricula, games, podcasts and more—all designed to help improve your financial knowledge. The site is divided into age groups with handy tools for kids, middle schools students, high school students, college students, adults, parents and teachers, and also information in Spanish.
“Credit unions are great for free checking and loans, of course, but many people don’t realize that they’re also an excellent resource for financial literacy,” says Laura Edgar, NerdWallet’s credit union specialist. “We really liked BrightStar University because it has a large collection of articles, games and videos for all age groups. It’s also very easy to access. All you have to do is go online.”
NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website committed to promoting financial literacy and spreading the word about consumer-friendly banking.
BrightStar Credit Union was named 2011 Credit Union of the Year today by the South Florida Business Journal as part of their Excellence in Banking Awards.
The Credit Union was selected for its involvement in the community, and because they have contributed to the local economy by granting thousands of consumer loans and hiring staff (rather than laying off staff like some organizations have had to do). Another factor in the award was the Credit Union’s growth in loans and members, which are some of the best growth rates in the U.S.
BrightStar’s CEO, Ralph Crockett said about the win, “This is a great honor for all of us. The congratulations goes to all of our staff who work hard every day to wow members with great service. This is also a win for our members, since they are the owners of the Credit Union. I think there’s a sense of pride being part of a credit union which has been called the best.”
BrightStar made $68 million in loans to members for the period from June 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011 and also expanded its number of staff by 5%. Both of these are significant factors which have contributed positively to the local economy. The Credit Union is well-managed, well-capitalized and has never needed one penny of taxpayer bailout money.
BrightStar, which also won the 2010 AFP Philanthropic Company of the Year for Broward County, is a huge contributor to education. The Credit Union contributes more than 5% of its net income to Broward County Public Schools. Some of the programs include sponsoring Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for 40 schools, financial literacy presentations to thousands of students, internships and several in-school, student-run credit unions. BrightStar also supports the Historic Sistrunk Festival, the Young at Art Children’s Museum and recently launched its financial literacy website, BrightStar University (www.BrightStarU.com).
BrightStar has more than 46,000 members, $340 million in assets and is insured by the NCUA, an agency of the federal government. Learn more at http://www.bscu.org.
BrightStar is also happy to congratulate the award finalist, Dade County Federal Credit Union — another fine south Florida credit union.
Learn more about BrightStar Credit Union and join here: https://www.bscu.org/owners/
We were featured in the Sun Sentinel. Read all about BrightStar University
Recently, some residents in south Florida have received calls and text messages asking for their debit or credit card numbers. The message usually asks the recipient to call a phone number to “activate” or “verify” their debit or credit card. Some of these messages have mentioned the names of credit unions, including BrightStar.
BrightStar did not send these messages. The messages are an attempt at fraud called “phishing,” which means someone tried to trick people into providing their account information. Some of BrightStar’s members received these messages (as well as non-members.)
No BrightStar data has been compromised. Member account information is safe and secure. The only connection to the Credit Union is that some of the messages mention our name.
If you receive a message like this, ignore it. Do not call the phone number in the message nor reply to the message in any way. Never provide your account information to someone unless you know who it is. BrightStar will NEVER send you a text message or email asking you to verify your account information.
If you mistakenly provide your account information to a suspected fraudster, or if you suspect fraudulent activity on your account, please contact the Credit Union at 954-486-2728.
Protect yourself. Don’t get caught phishing.