iQ Credit Union Surpassed $3 Million in Donations Through iQ For Kids to Improve Children’s Lives

98% of the credit union’s employees participate to raise funds to help local children-based charities

Vancouver, Wash.—In the early 1990s, iQ Credit Union created iQ For Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to raise money for local charities focused on improving children’s lives. In 2021, iQ For Kids eclipsed $3 million in total donations over the years, and the credit union is celebrating the impact the nonprofit has made on dozens of Northwest children-based charities.

Each month, iQ employees get to wear jeans as a result of donating part of their paycheck for iQ For Kids. Nearly every employee (98%) at iQ participates in the nonprofit program.

“Our entire staff is honored and humbled to have helped thousands of local children by raising millions of dollars over the years,” said iQ Credit Union’s Trista Carbajal, who leads iQ for Kids. “Partnering with such remarkable nonprofits as Teach One to Lead One, Rocksolid Community Center and Playworks has made our contributions worthwhile and meaningful.”

iQ For Kids receives approximately 50 applications a year from deserving children-based charities across the Pacific Northwest. Past iQ For Kids charity recipients include:


4-H Clovernauts

A Working Family's Christmas

Aspire Project

Assistance League of SW WA

Bridge the Gap

Camp Hope

Discovery HS/Odyssey MS

Connect BG

Enspire Arts

Historic Trust

iTech Prep Boosters

Jefferson High School PTSA

Ke Kukui Foundation

Office Moms and Dads

Oregon Ballet Theater

Oregon Children's Theater


Portland Tennis & Education


St. Baldricks

Summer Kids Camp at the Pool


Union Ridge Elementary

Woodland Public Schools



 About iQ Credit Union

iQ Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving the Pacific Northwest since 1940. With more than 90,000 members in Washington and Oregon, the credit union is known for its deep commitment to financial education and community engagement—and for its signature red and black Buffalo plaid colors. iQ helps WAnderers and explORers reach their financial goals by offering honest and friendly advice at any of its 16 branches. More information is available at


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