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Scholarships. SPIRIT Checking. Fundraising.

The Anoka Hennepin Credit Union Spirit Foundation supports local organizations which provide safety, health, nourishment, education, or inspiration to young adults in local communities.


About Us

In 2016, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union incorporated the Spirit Foundation. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose program supports extra-curricular programs at eight local high schools and other youth-focused organizations in the area.
“AHCU was inspired by our members to do more,” AHCU CEO Jeff Claussen said regarding the motivation for creating the foundation. “Ultimately, the mission of the AHCU Spirit Foundation is to provide resources to high schools and community groups to help local kids pursue their dreams. We don’t want dreams or vital programs to end simply because they cost too much.”

Programs at Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Centennial, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Forest Lake and St. Francis high schools are specifically supported, however the foundation is focused on making sustainable and long-term effort to assist all youth-based, local community programs.


Go the the Get Involved tab for more information about fundraising with the AHCU Spirit Foundation using GoFundMe.

Our Mission

The Anoka Hennepin Credit Union Spirit Foundation supports local organizations which provide safety, health, nourishment, education, or inspiration to young adults in local communities. The Spirit Foundation envisions that if young adults have those basic needs met they will be free to discover and achieve their dreams, no matter what those dreams may be.

In addition, the Spirit Foundation offers support to youth focused organizations, including local high schools, youth groups, mission organizations, addiction programs, food shelves, and others. That support may include financial support, financial education classes, awareness campaigns, or volunteer work on behalf of selected organizations. 


Executing Our Mission

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Anoka Hennepin Credit Union offers eight financial scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,000.00, depending if their high school participates in AHCU's SPIRIT programs.



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SPIRIT Checking

The AHCU Spirit Debit Card can accompany any checking account AHCU offers.  When the card is used, AHCU donates 5% of debit card transaction fees to the AHCU Spirit Foundation.  This donation is then given to participating high schools to reduce student activity costs, so that all students can participate in healthy school activities.
The current participating schools include:
  • Anoka
  • Centennial
  • Andover
  • Blaine
  • Coon Rapids
  • Forest Lake
  • Champlin Park
An ISD 11( Anoka Hennepin School District) card is also available.


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Twenty seven percent of U.S. Public High Schools will eliminate extra-curricular programs by 2020 according to Up2Us Sports.  Kids deserve a chance to play and participate in their favorite school activities.  The Spirit Foundation wants to provide a 100% tax-deductible channel for the community to rally support to keep these programs viable at their favorite local high school.  Other youth focused community programs will benefit too.

Fundraising Information


The Spirit Foundation is a fundraiser for community schools. It celebrates high school students by raising funds for extra-curricular activities at local high schools. It’s also a family-friendly program powered by students, teachers, volunteers, donors, families, and friends.


For parents or school ADs who would like to establish a school-wide team on this site and your club is an already established 501(c)3., please complete the form below or reach out to:


Toni Gerard, VP Marketing & Business Development

By Phone: 763.422.0290

By Email:


For the 2020 - 2021 Spirit Foundation Fundraising page on GoFundMe - Click Here

You can also check out our previous year's campaigns or create your own campaign - Click Here


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Funding a brighter future.


AHCU Spirit Foundation awards up to 8 - $1,000 scholarships annually to qualified individuals pursuing post-secondary degrees.

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Congratulations to The 2020 - 2021 Scholarship Winners:



A member of AHCU's selection committee will notify the winning applicant(s).

The credit union will award each winner a $1,000 financial scholarship towards their post-secondary education. 














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