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Giving back where it counts

As a co-operative, we are motivated by people not profits. Re-investing in our communities is at the heart of what we do. We proudly support our communities through donations, sponsorships, student bursaries, targeted community grants, meaningful partnerships and volunteerism. 

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Donations & Sponsorships

From farmers' markets to large-scale community festivals, corporate commitments to a good old-fashioned chowder challenge, we pride ourselves on re-investing in our communities. Learn more about our community funding support below.

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Community Compass Grant

Designed to provide funding to organizations creating a meaningful impact in their communities, our Community Compass Grant can make it happen. Learn more about our unique social enterprise and cooperative support initiative below.

Building partnerships for a lasting impact

Supporting our communities is what makes us get out of bed in the morning. We know that building lasting and sustainable partnerships in key areas of community building is where we will find our greatest success. Focusing on issues of affordable housing, food security, local social enterprise development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are committed to making lasting change. 

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Bringing local and global together

We proudly pledged over $25,000 to the Coady Change Leader Campaign at St.FX University focused on social change, community development, climate resilience, and women’s leadership. Devoted to shifting the socio-economic development narrative from weakness to strength on a global scale.

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From productive partners to firm friends

We have been a proud supporter of L’Arche Cape Breton’s day programs since 2005—participating in fundraising events each year and hosting an annual barbecue fundraiser. Over the years we have developed long lasting friendships through this valuable partnership.

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Eating local for healthier communities

Purchasing local products and services helps our communities thrive. We wanted to put $5,000 back into the local economy by purchasing gift cards from farmers' markets to give to members of the community to spend. This was a great way to support local and give back at the same time.

East Coast Credit Union received a $5,000 grant from Concentra Bank (“Concentra”) in support of the Antigonish Emergency Fuel Fund. Through its annual Empowering Your Community campaign, Concentra invites Canadian credit unions to submit grant applications for exceptional community projects. The Fuel Fund offers emergency relief for members of the community of Antigonish who are in immediate need of financial support to heat their homes during the winter. Funding comes from donations made by community members and local organizations, including East Coast CU.

East Coast Credit Union is proud to share that our President & CEO, Ken Shea, was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine. Atlantic Business Magazine honours those with corporate leadership excellence and, in 2005, Atlantic Business Magazine launched its Top 50 CEO legacy program: The Hall of Fame awards. East Coast CU is excited to announce that Ken Shea has been inducted in the Top 50 CEO’s Hall of Fame after being a five-time Top 50 CEO award winner.

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