The $52.80 Program
Get $52.80 for Every Account Opened at Westerra
Use Westerra's fundraising program to raise money for your Colorado school sport/activity or community organization while helping students and families learn about saving money and making smart financial choices. Westerra will donate $52.80 to your school/organization for each new service opened at Westerra.
Earn Money For Your Team or Activity While Promoting Financial Literacy
Look how quickly funds can add up — spread the word to your friends and family to earn even more!
What Services/Products Qualify for $52.80?
Youth: Savings, Free Checking, Money Market and Certificates of Deposit.Adult: Checking, Money Market, Certificates of Deposit, credit cards, auto loans, first or second mortgages, and home equity lines of credit all qualify. Business Services: Certificates of Deposit, Checking and Money Market Accounts also qualify. Adult savings is excluded from the program, but required to establish membership.
Why More Coloradans Are Choosing Westerra
Westerra is a local not-for-profit financial cooperative.
Originally organized by teachers, Westerra is committed to financial education.
Unlike banks, there are no stockholders. Everyone who has an account at the credit union is an owner.
Profits are returned to you through lower fees and better rates.
You'll find easy access through online banking, mobile banking, shared branches and free ATMs.
Everyone in the Denver metro area can participate.
How the Program Works
Contact Westerra to participate in the program by completing the Fundraising Information Form below.
Send us your logo, name of program, address where checks should be sent and contact information.
Westerra will develop a marketing flyer you can distribute in hard copy or email to your group. View a sample flyer.
When families come in to Westerra and mention your organization, we donate $52.80 to your organization for each account that is opened.
Checks are sent quarterly to your organization for all accounts opened.
To Open Accounts
Parent/guardian must accompany child or teen (0-17 years) with valid government-issued identification and both social security numbers to open their accounts.
Everyone in the Denver metro area can participate.
$52.80 fundraising program
Westerra Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that exists to serve members, not to make a profit. Unlike most other financial institutions, credit unions do not issue stock or pay dividends to outside stockholders. Instead, earnings are returned to members, who have accounts at the credit union, in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits and lower fees.
Westerra Credit Union is the school district credit union for Jeffco Public Schools, Denver Public Schools and Douglas County Schools, and works closely with other schools throughout the Denver metro area.
Originally organized by teachers, Westerra is committed to financial education through making presentations in classrooms, providing grants to schools and helping students and families learn money management skills.
Since its origin in schools, Westerra membership has expanded to be available to everyone in the Denver metro area.
Westerra Credit Union funds the $52.80 fundraising program as a way to impact our schools and community while introducing more people to Westerra.
Most people who join the credit union say they did so because they were introduced by another member. Building upon this loyalty, the credit union launched a $52.80 fundraising program, emphasizing our local ownership, which donates funds to school sports and activities, and community organizations for new accounts attributed to their efforts.
This donation is our way of giving back to the community and thanking the group for participating in the fundraising program.
Many Westerra Credit Union employees are parents of students in our schools. It was as a result of participation in other sport and activity fundraisers that the idea of donating to the school was created. It was then expanded to help support other community groups, too.
It is important to Westerra to support the students and families in our schools, and in our community. This is one way that we can direct more funds to programs and activities that might not otherwise be possible.
Encouraging students to utilize the credit union for their first checking account supports our mission of financial literacy, introducing students to the credit union concept at a young age.
Let us know the school sport, activity, or community organization you would like to use this for, and we will provide a customized email and flyers for distribution. Each are customized by school and by sport or activity, or for your community organization.
Then, send or forward the email to your distribution list, or distribute printed flyers through the booster club, committee chairperson or other designated organization coordinator.
Westerra does not obtain any email addresses. We simply provide the customized email and flyers for distribution by the person responsible for fundraising for a specific sport or activity, so they can send it to their specific group of parents or other contacts.
Westerra will issue a check to your program every quarter for qualified accounts.
The sport, activity or community organization is not required to have an account at the credit union.
When a person from your group opens an account, they should mention the school and the program, or the community organization, they would like the funds directed to.
The $52.80 donation will then automatically be recorded in the system for payment to the group.
The $52.80 donation is given to the group requested, not to individuals,
for any loan, savings or checking account opened at the credit union with the exception of an adult share/savings account.
There is no minimum number of accounts required to participate.
Fundraisers can remain open year-round so your group can continue to earn funds as your participants' financial needs arise.
Possibilities include all sports as well as marching bands, clubs, PTA, After Prom or any other school-related program.
Community organizations can also use this program to raise funds. Just let us know how you would like to use the program, and we will customize an email and flyer.
Westerra checking accounts are designed to help students learn to manage their money without fees.
All Westerra checking accounts are set up so that if there are not funds in the account to cover a debit card or ATM transaction, the transaction will simply be denied. Without checks, there is no possibility of overdrafts.
Or the student can start with only a debit card and add checks later, if you choose.
Students will need an account for scholarship funds, heading to college or their first job.
Students can utilize their Westerra accounts no matter where they go to college or go to work. Credit unions share their branches - there are more than 200 credit union shared branches in Colorado and 5,000 nationwide where they can access their Westerra accounts.
They have access to cash at 1,000 free ATMs in Colorado and 30,000 nationwide.