iQ Credit Union launches three-year grant program for local nonprofits and names first recipients


“iQ is growing, and so are the needs of our communities,” Trista Carbajal, executive assistant and administrator of iQ for Kids, said. “We saw an opportunity to support organizations for several years, allowing these programs to rely on funds and have a greater impact by potentially reaching more children in the community.”

Rocksolid, an organization dedicated to providing safe, fun, and engaging after-school activities for students in grades 5 through 12, will use the grant to support the fall 2023 Teen Takeover program as well as provide transportation from schools to the center for teenagers of the association throughout the year. .

The Assistance League grant will support several initiatives run by the nonprofit, including assault survivor kits, school clothes for foster children, and Operation School Bell, which provides new clothes and literacy supplies to children in need in 25 area schools.

Finally, YWCA Clark County directs grant money to the Y’s Care Children’s Program, which provides high-quality early childhood education to homeless, transitioning, or low-income children and families.

“The three-year iQ grant program allows us to do longer-term planning because we know we can count on these funds for several years,” Marcy Sprecher, executive director of the Rocksolid Teen Center, said. “This money will support services that are vital for so many children in the area.”

Going forward, iQ will award three-year grants to one to three organizations each year, with applications opening on January 1st.

In addition to the multi-year program, iQ for Kids awarded over $19,000 in one-off grants to these 13 local non-profit associations in the first quarter:

  • Stages for young people
  • Colombia river high school
  • TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center
  • Kiwanis Club Battlefield
  • Cascadia Behavioral Health Care
  • The Family Room
  • Playworks Education Dynamized
  • Merry Heart Kids Camp
  • Mpowered Life Ministries
  • FIRST Robotics Team 2471
  • Dialed Cycling and Triathlon Team
  • friendly house
  • Football in the park

One-time grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, with the iQ for Kids committee meeting in February, May, August and November to make funding decisions. Since its inception, iQ for Kids has made more … than $3 million in donations to local charities focused on improving the lives of children. The foundation is funded by donations received from iQ employees. Find more information about iQ for kids here.

iQ Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving the Pacific Northwest since 1940. With over 97,000 members in Washington and Oregon, the credit union is known for its deep commitment to financial education and community engagement – ​​and for its red and black buffalo plaid colors. iQ helps Wanderers and Explorers achieve their financial goals by offering honest and friendly advice at one of its 15 branches. More information is available at

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