Madison, WI – Summit Credit Union announces a $50,000 Challenge Gift to Urban League’s 1,500 Jobs,
1,500 Families Initiative. The donation will support the Urban League’s efforts to help train, place, and
retain 1,500 low‐income job seekers into career pathway employment by 2020.
Summit Credit Union has agreed to match dollar‐for‐dollar any donation made to the Urban League up
to a total of $50,000. For first‐time donors to the Urban League, the company will match each dollar
“Providing people in our community with the skills they need for the workforce, and connecting jobs
to those skills, is much needed work the Urban League is doing in our community,” said Summit Credit
Union CEO & President, Kim Sponem. “The Urban League has a proven track record in this initiative
that has a ripple effect for generations to come. Summit Credit Union is matching up to $50,000 of
donations for a $100,000 impact for job readiness in honor of the League’s 50th anniversary. I hope
you will join us,” said Sponem.
The pledge is part of a $2,000,000 campaign to raise the funds needed for this project. The funds
raised will go directly into job training, job placement, and job coaching services for 1,500 individuals
over the next three years. The League is focused on serving individuals with barriers to employment
such as limited educational credentials, inconsistent job histories, single parenthood, or criminal
“Summit Credit Union has been a great supporter of the Urban League for many years” said Urban
League CEO Ruben L. Anthony, Jr. Over the years Summit Credit Union has provided financial literacy
education to youth in ULGM’s afterschool programs, hired trainees from ULGM adult employment
programs, hosted youth interns from ULGM summer programs, provided financing to first‐time
homeowners in the ULGM housing program, and so much more.
“We want to make sure the community knows that that every dollar counts,” said Anthony. “For
example, a $50 donation will buy a one‐month bus pass allowing an unemployed job seeker to get to
and from job interviews or $500 will provide nationally certified job readiness training for an
unemployed parent, and now, thanks to Summit Credit Union, that donation will double to serve TWO
Donations can be made online at www.ulgm.org/SummitChallenge or by calling the Urban League at
About Urban League of Greater Madison
The Urban League of Greater Madison’s mission is to ensure that African Americans and other
community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and
contribute to the common good in the 21st Century. We are committed to transforming Greater Madison
into the Best [place] in the Midwest for everyone to live, learn, and work. We are working to make this
vision a reality through a comprehensive strategic empowerment agenda that includes programs &
services, advocacy, and partnerships & coalition building. www.ulgm.org
About Summit Credit Union:
Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds $3
billion in assets and has more than 175,000 members and 564 employees across 35 locations
throughout south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. For more information, visit
www.summitcreditunion.com or call 608-243-5000 or 800-236-5560.
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