Charitable Giving Partners
At Summit, we take a holistic approach to giving. We believe a strong community makes all our lives richer, so we develop strong relationships with community partners, imagining what we can do together to make a difference. Our partnerships may include financial donations, employee volunteering, financial education or other collaborations to meet community needs. We focus on organizations that impact sustainable initiatives for women, children and families in the areas of: Financial Literacy, Environmental Stability, Strong and Thriving Communities and Health & Wellness.
A Fund for Women
Summit partnered with A Fund for Women through 2018 on their agenda to advance women’s economic empowerment. AFFW strives to transform communities so all women can reach their full potential. This effort will bring local women, nonprofits and businesses together to create a blueprint for women’s economic security.
Goodman Community Center – Girls Inc.
Summit has partnered with the Goodman Community Center through 2018 to sustain financial education and lend general program support to the Girls Inc. program, which serves nearly 300 girls in the Greater Madison area. Girls Inc. is a national effort that develops research-based informal education programs, that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Additionally, Summit will provide employee volunteer support on multiple projects.
STAR Credit Union
STAR Credit Union, co-founded by Summit CEO/President Kim Sponem in partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, is supported by Summit and remains the world’s only youth-chartered credit union. Now in its 12th year, STAR Credit Union provides education for program participants in Madison high schools on budgeting, finances for the first year of college and scholarship application writing.
Partnering with United Way ensures that our funds will get to those most in need of them. The priorities for United Way’s Agenda for Change mirror Summit's four key corporate citizenship areas: Strong and Thriving Communities, Financial Literacy, Environmental Stability and Health & Wellness. Summit's participation includes a corporate contribution and employee contributions through payroll deduction and special events. In 2017 we won six awards from United Way, including the People’s Choice Innovation award for our commitment to raising awareness and resources during the campaign.
Since 2013 Summit Credit Union has partnered with Girl Scouts of Badgerland Council to provide financial education to thousands of girl scouts, leaders and volunteers. From earning financial literacy badges to managing their cookie program, there are many ways Girl Scouts are empowered to learn and master money skills and to build financial confidence early.