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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 no-fee giving platform, NetGiver.


To support the AHCU Spirit Foundation with a no - fee donation using NetGiver, click below. 

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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.


Attention High School Seniors!

We are now accepting scholarship applications for the fall 2024 academic year.

Apply Now

Deadline to apply is Friday - March 8th, 2024 at 12:00 PM CST to the Coon Rapids branch location.

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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.  

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Modern Giving 

for better booster club fundraising!


The AHCU Spirit Foundation supports local fundraising using the no-fee giving platform, NetGiver which ensures 100% of a donation reaches your booster club!


No fees on donations, increased ease of use, all on a convenient mobile or desktop 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 or desktop 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 or Routing Number & Account Number*.

Learn More in This Video:


Other Helpful Resources:

Nonprofit Enrollment & Authentication Information

NetGiver for Nonprofits 


*Choose From Two Payment Methods:

  • Connect Using Instant Authentication With Your AHCUdigital Credentials:

One way to verify your account is by providing the username and password that you use for AHCUdigital.  NetGiver uses Plaid to verify your account information. You will be prompted to add your AHCUdigital username and password (or other identifying information) after you have selected Anoka Hennepin Credit Union.

If you’re having any trouble with this, the best thing to do will be to reach out to AHCU. Alternatively, follow the directions for Micro Deposits below.

  • Connect Using Micro Deposits With Your AHCU Account Information:

When prompted, search for AHCU, but do not select it. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select “Link with Account Numbers”.

Follow the process and supply the requested information. You will be sent two small deposits to your AHCU account to verify ownership (these will be less than $1 each).

Micro Deposits take between 1-2 business days and appear as two separate items in your account. You'll be able to check on the amounts by calling AHCU, looking at your online account activity or on your periodic account statement.

Once you have these amounts, you can visit to continue the process and verify your AHCU account. 

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:


Nicole Hesley

By Phone: 763.422.0290

By Email:



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.


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Congratulations to Our 2024 Scholarship Recipients!

The AHCU Spirit Foundation is proud to announce the 2024 winners of an academic scholarship:



Eligibility Requirements Include:

Primary membership at AHCU prior to applying for scholarship. You must be a member in good standing and your membership must be maintained through the award period. You are eligible to become a member of AHCU if you live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Ramsey, Sherburne and Washington Counties of Minnesota. Other requirements may apply. You also qualify for membership if a family member is already a member. Previous scholarship Award Winners and AHCU employees are not eligible to apply.


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