Alaska USA got its start when a group of volunteers saw a need and took action. The 15 founding members contributed their time and resources, recruiting other like-minded people along the way. From those humble roots, a successful company grew. And Alaska USA’s commitment to community grew along with it.
As a member-owned financial institution, Alaska USA’s fundamental mission is giving back to members in ways both big and small. Helping make each community Alaska USA serves a better place to live, work, learn, and play is an important part of that mission, too.
For more than ten years, the Alaska USA Foundation has been raising money and providing financial support to organizations that benefit children, veterans, and active duty military members and their families. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has distributed over $880,000 to organizations that provide direct services in support of the Foundation’s mission.
Established non-profit organizations providing services to individuals and families in the communities Alaska USA serves are encouraged to apply for an Alaska USA grant. Qualified applications received by December 31 will be considered for grants distributed the following March.
Every Fall, Alaska USA members and employees join together to support local food banks through the Cash for Cans campaign. There’s even some friendly rivalry among branch teams to see which one can raise the most money to fill pantry shelves. All donations go directly to food banks in the communities where the money is raised.
As part of its mission to help members achieve financial security and success, Alaska USA offers free financial education programs to schools and community groups. To find out if one of these classes would benefit your group, tell us what you’re looking for in this online form. Alaska USA also offers Brass magazine free in branches. Brass contains articles on financial topics of interest to young adults and their parents.
You may have seen them in your community: Alaska USA employees who contribute their time to causes that make a difference, from Spring clean-up, trail maintenance and fundraisers to an icy plunge into a frozen lake. We’re so proud of our active employees we’ve assembled a brag book. You can also keep up with the latest activities on Facebook.
Alaska USA loves being part of the community, and we want to do our part to make it a great place to live. You might find us at your State or County Fair, a Saturday in the Park, or giving free admission for kids at the Zoo. Check out our photo gallery and when you see us at your favorite event, be sure to come by and say “Hi.”
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides more than 30 programs and services to help nearly 65,000 military members and their families stationed in Alaska. The programs and services are designed to help make military life easier and strengthen our military community so they’re happier, healthier, stronger, and better able to cope with the challenges of military life. Alaska USA and the Alaska USA Foundation are major supporters of the ASYMCA, providing both funding and volunteers.
As a member-owned cooperative, Alaska USA transfers value to members by providing services more cost effectively than other financial organizations. Value transferred is calculated based on the dollar benefit Alaska USA members receive from higher rates on deposits, lower loan rates, and lower fees compared to those of banks. This Value Transfer to Members is reported in the Alaska USA Annual Report. In 2013, $80.8 million was given back to members.