Ascentra Credit Union Foundation gives $100,000 grant to Junior Achievement

Ascentra Credit Union Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to Junior Achievement of the Heartland at a special celebration for the credit union’s new Bettendorf home office. In the center, Dougal Nelson, JA President and CEO, accepts the donation alongside Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen, Ascentra Board Chair Larry Ridenour, and longtime employee and JA classroom volunteer Kathy O’Haver, while surrounded by staff and board members of JA of the Heartland.

Ascentra Credit Union Foundation has contributed a $100,000 grant to Junior Achievement of the Heartland. 

The grant is to educate youth on financial concepts and personal finance. The grant will be distributed over a five-year period with support continuing through 2023-2024.

Junior Achievement of the Heartland offers financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs to students in grades K-12 helping them learn skills like creating a budget, becoming work ready and developing a business plan. The majority of these core-mission programs are offered to schools at no cost.

“The mission of Junior Achievement is directly aligned with Ascentra and the credit union’s philosophy,” said Dale Owen, president and CEO of Ascentra Credit Union. “Just as we have invested in our organization, we are continuing to invest in the young people of our region and their future.”

“We are grateful for the significant partnership the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation is providing to benefit more students with JA's proven programs,” said Dougal Nelson, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of the Heartland. “It is vital, we as a community, help our youth better understand financial concepts and gain confidence in their ability to manage their financial future. The foundation’s partnership demonstrates their dedication to our community in helping prepare our youth for their economic success.”

In addition, Ascentra’s employees will continue to serve as Junior Achievement classroom volunteers and participate in other special events, such as the JA Bowl-A-Thon and the JA Titan Competition.

The grant comes during Junior Achievement's 100th-year anniversary and as Ascentra opens a new headquarters in downtown Bettendorf.

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