RALEIGH, N.C. (12/20/12)--Raleigh, N.C.-based State Employees' CU (SECU) has been honored with the 2012 Outstanding Business in Philanthropy award for the SECU Foundation's $5 million gift for the SECU Cancer Center at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C.
The award is sponsored by the Western North Carolina (WNC) Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was presented at WNC-AFP's annual National Philanthropy Day Celebration in Asheville.
SECU Foundation's contribution in 2010 helped spur Mission Healthcare Foundation's successful fundraising campaign for the Cancer Center, which opened to the Western North Carolina region in November 2011. Mary Ann Rice, SECU senior vice president of the Asheville-Biltmore Village branch, accepted the award on behalf of SECU's members.
The foundation has awarded more than $65 million in grants throughout the state since it began operating in 2004. Its grants go to high impact projects in housing, education, healthcare and human services.
During the past five years SECU Foundation has granted more than $6.5 million to organizations for projects such as the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Jackson County, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Caldwell County, Yancey County Library SECU Information Gateway in Yancey County, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County.