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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 the fee-free NetGiver app.

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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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.  Beginning in August 2021, AHCU will provide fee-free giving with the NetGiver app.  
Learn more by visiting the Get Involved tab.

Thank You Sponsors!

The following organizations were part of a recent fundraising event with all donations supporting the AHCU Spirit Foundation:

servion logo  case financial logo    loffler logo  lumen logo    sharecom logo    trulync logo   cu recovery logo    heartland logo

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A few photos from the Fall Ball Golf Event - October 8th, 2021

Thank you for being part of a great day supporting our schools!

Modern Giving 

for better booster club fundraising!


Starting in August 2021, all fundraising will be using the FREE NetGiver app provided by Anoka Hennepin Credit Union that ensures 100% of a donation reaches your booster club!


No fees on donations, increased ease of use, all on a convenient mobile platform.


Why NetGiver? 

Did you know that an average of 7% of a donor's gift is lost in every donation? NetGiver is different. 


When using NetGiver provided by AHCU, donors can give freely and confidently to your booster club knowing that 100% of the donation reaches the club.  There is no cost to you or the donor for using NetGiver.



Gain support for your booster club from the student's friends and family, with ease from one app.



Less worrying, more giving, NetGiver tracks the donations you've received and and donations can be made in a matter of seconds!



Feel confident when you ask others to give. What matters to you, matters to us, and the charitable gifts you receive are supported by AHCU.



At a time where so many of our neighbors and friends are facing new challenges, AHCU and credit unions across Minnesota are coming together to do what credit unions do best: support our community!


What Your Club Gets:



No fees on donations, increased ease of use, all on a convenient mobile platform.  Downloading is easy from the app store.




Communicating with your donors is an important component of your development initiatives. We’ve created a few pieces of collateral for your organization to use when sharing the opportunity for 100% donations. Please feel free to click on the assets below

to download and distribute.



Track your progress as often as you want and provide up-to-date information at booster club meetings or through your regular update emails.


Click here to find the full resource guide to share with parents and students.


Ready to Enroll Your Booster Club in NetGiver?

Checklist for Enrollment:

  1. EIN
  2. Mission Statement
  3. Online Banking Information.


Learn More in This Video:


Other Helpful Resources:

Nonprofit Enrollment & Authentication Information

NetGiver for Nonprofits 

Looking For More Information?

For parents or school ADs who have additional questions about using NetGiver 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



At AHCU, we take the security of our members very seriously. We have encouraged you to not share your online banking credentials with untrusted parties, and we continue to stand by that. NetGiver is a charitable giving platform, trusted by AHCU so that we can support our members in direct, fee-free donations to the nonprofits of your choice.
When enrolling in NetGiver, you will be asked to provide your AHCUdigital username and password. NetGiver works with our online platform to provide a safe experience for you, our members. We feel confident that our NetGiver partner takes every precaution to keep your information secure and encourage you to read NetGiver’s privacy philosophy.


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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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