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80th Anniversary

Celebrating 80 years of giving back to education.

Inspirus CEO shakes hands with McKinney Vento leader
Two inspirus reps standing with teachers in a classroom
Poster with thank you messages written by a classroom of students
Inspirus rep delivering a check to smiling teacher
Inspirus rep delivering a check to Seattle Pacific University

The power of believing, giving, and $5

In 1936, Seattle school teacher Robert J. Handy locked on to a very big idea: the innovative concept of credit unions. He believed, a financial cooperative that put purpose ahead of profits, could help struggling teachers survive, even thrive, during the Great Depression

With just $5 in capital, Mr. Handy launched his idea for the credit union that would become Inspirus. In our early days, the credit union brought bank-by-mail to rural teachers across the state, and later, became among the first to offer checking accounts. Now with more than $1 billion in assets and more than 80,000 members, Inspirus still brings the branch to you and is the state’s only credit union valued most for our contributions to education.

“Education, our passion; giving back, our promise” is more than a slogan. It’s a way of life at Inspirus, which last year, gave more than $150,000 to support classrooms across the state and contributed over 500 hours of community service to the education community.

Your success is our success. Join us in celebrating our 80th anniversary!

Member Appreciation Week, May 2nd – 13th. Join us in our Seattle and Spokane branches for swag giveaways and refreshments. Check out the community walls in each of our branches, which feature thanks to teachers through hand-written notes from students, and highlighting our support for teachers in education.

$250 “Valued member since …” drawings, weekly. Four times a year is not enough! We’ve expanded our member-appreciation drawings to once a week throughout our anniversary year. You’ll get one entry into the drawing for each year you’ve been a credit union member – one year equals one weekly entry, eight years equals eight weekly entries, and so on! Make sure to check our monthly newsletter, “The Bulletin” to see if you are a winner.

Flash funding DonorsChoose.org projects. On randomly selected dates through the end of the year, Inspirus will flash fund ALL of the projects listed on DonorsChoose.org for one lucky city. DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding site teachers can use to request donations for everything from basic classroom supplies to field trips and technology. Inspirus is proud to partner with DonorsChoose.org in bringing resources to classrooms across Washington, where teachers and students benefit.

Even more “Mission in Motion” givebacks, all year long. We’re celebrating all that’s right in education by giving time, support, encouragement, and money to classrooms across the state. Check out this Mission in Motion video that shows our eight-decade journey of giving back.

We're grateful to our members and their passion for education.
Thank you for an extraordinary 80 years. Our story wouldn't exist without yours, and we look forward to writing our next chapters with you.