Columbus-based Centra Credit Union will distribute $100,000 among 36 nonprofits in communities where it operates.
The largest recipients are in Bartholomew County, where Love Chapel is receiving $7,500, while Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and Foundation For Youth will receive $5,000.
All of the other nonprofits will receive a $2,500 grant, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Shop With A Cop and the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund.
These grants mark a substantial increase in giving from previous years, said Christina Bailey, Centra assistant vice president of marketing.
“There are so many phenomenal organizations in Columbus, and we are proud to support them by giving back this year,” said Rick Silvers, president and CEO of Centra, the third-largest credit union in Indiana.
Besides Columbus, the credit union serves 12 other Indiana communities including Greensburg, North Vernon, Seymour and Shelbyville.
Centra has two out-of-state branches, in Whitakers, North Carolina, and Lakewood, New York.
Each of the organizations chosen to receive grants were nominated by Centra employees, who were asked to nominate non-profits they felt passionately about.
“Given the number of recent tragedies, we also chose to support a few national organizations like the Red Cross,” said Patty Knorr, Centra chief experience officer.
Also, eight $1,500 Loretta M. Burd Scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors, and two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to adult or non-traditional students. Burd retired last winter after 47 years of service with Centra, including 25 as CEO.
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Foundation For Youth
Advocates for Children
Agape Therapeutic Riding Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Boys and Girls Club Shelby County
Chautauqua County Humane Society
Community Action of Southern Indiana
Fireman’s Cheer Fund
Girls Inc. Jackson County
Habitat for Humanity, Jefferson County
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation
Humane Society Bartholomew County
Ivy Tech Scholarship
Jake Laird Memorial Foundation
Jayce Ray Stallings Youth Center
Jennings County Youth Foundation
Meals on Wheels
Miles for Merry Miracles
Open Door Youth Services
Prevent Child Abuse Scott County
Ronald McDonald House
Second Helpings of Central Indiana
Shop with a Cop