SALT LAKE CITY (7/6/09)--Credit Unions for Kids has issued an impact report showing credit unions’ contributions over the years to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Credit Unions for Kids ranks third behind Wal-Mart and Costco for corporate giving at Children’s Miracle Network. The credit unions raised a record $9.3 million in 2008--a 17% increase over 2007, according to Joe Dearborn, Children’s Miracle Network senior director. More than 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals benefit from Credit Unions for Kids’ contributions, which have increased annually. In 1996, the organization raised $1.5 million. This amount was more than tripled in 2000 with donations of $4.9 million. In 2005, Credit Unions for Kids raised $6.3 million, bringing the total amount of money raised from 1996 to 2008 to about $73 million. The report also noted individual highlights from 2008:
* With support from Children’s Miracle Network and Credit Unions for Kids, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare opened an Advanced Imaging Center in June 2008 that is designed for children with disabilities. The center offers MRI, CT, fluoroscopy and ultrasound exams. Gillette performed more than 4,500 exams in the summer of 2008. * IDADIV CU, Nampa, Idaho, raised $8,291 at a charity golf tournament for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise. CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match Program raised the total to $16,583. * Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU, Middletown, Pa., raised more than $10,000 for Children’s Miracle Network through the corporate’s members. * Pennsylvania State Employees CU, Harrisburg, Pa., raised more than $12,000 through a baseball fundraiser. * Credit Unions for Kids supported the Carolyn and Scott Rainbow House at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. The home offers guest rooms for patient families of the children’s hospital. * CO-OP Financial Services raised $1.5 million through its Miracle Match program, launched in 2008. * Georgia Credit Unions and Affiliates raised more than $31,000 through cookbook sales--which was matched by $10,000 from CO-OP Financial Services. * The Arizona Credit Union League helped put CO-OP’s Miracle Match program $33,000 over its $500,000 goal.
Texas ranked No. 1 of the top 10 states for fundraising with a 2008 total of $1.01 million. Portland, Ore., ranked as No. 1 in the top 10 markets with a contribution totaling $702,025. Credit Unions for Kids also was featured in media campaigns in 38 markets and submarkets, with a campaign value of nearly $3.3 million. Children’s Miracle Network helps 17 million patients per year. The distribution of funds includes:
* 39% to immediate medical needs; * 30% to charitable care; * 15% to research; * 11% to equipment; and * 5% to preventative education.