Maps Community Foundation: 2022 Impact Partnerships

Published August 1, 2022

Give Back

At Maps we have a passion for giving back and we are committed to helping our community thrive.
We began as a teacher’s credit union, so our roots are deeply set in public education. In 2020, Maps Community Foundation expanded and adapted its focus to include education, economic empowerment, and vibrant communities — all part of our vision of a thriving Mid-Willamette Valley region.

That same year, we launched Impact Partnerships as an opportunity for our Foundation to contribute larger gifts to local nonprofit capital campaign projects that will have a significant positive impact on our community for years to come. Many of these nonprofits also provide longer-term opportunities for our team to engage hands-on.
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Impact Partnership projects include:

 Gilbert House

Gilbert House Children’s Museum
Our Foundation’s very first Impact Partnership grant was given to the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in 2020 for their redesigned bubble exhibit — Bill’s Bubble Factory. Gilbert House offers children and families in our community an opportunity for hands-on learning and interactive play. The foundation is honored to contribute another $25,000 toward the reimagining of their much-loved outdoor play area.

The Gilbert House play area was designed in 1998 to be intellectually and physically engaging for children. The new design reflects thoughtful planning, with great effort put into designing play areas that are accessible and accommodating to children with varying physical abilities. Rebuilding will begin in fall 2022 and is set to be completed in spring 2023.

Center for Hope and Safety

Center for Hope and Safety
Our Foundation was able to give $50,000 to this impactful community project located just down the street from the Maps Administrative Building and new Professional Center/High St. Branch, on the site of the former Greyhound Station in downtown Salem. Center for Hope and Safety’s HOPE Plaza will generate housing, create opportunity, build community partnerships, and provide employment for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

A portion of the gift will specifically fund the construction and furnishing of a two-bedroom apartment, with Maps naming this unit as part of the larger gift. We plan to further develop our partnership by working with HOPE Plaza residents to open free Maps accounts, participate in financial education classes, and more. 

Salem Health Foundation
The Salem Health Foundation’s Families Matter Project will provide spaces for respite and reflection with the creation of a new chapel, outdoor garden and family gathering areas inside the Salem Hospital campus. Community members using the emergency room are often experiencing tremendous stress, and these new calming spaces will offer a restful break. Our Foundation contributed $10,000 to this project as part of a larger collaborative credit union gift. 

Maps Donor Sign 

Past Foundation Giving
Maps Community Foundation was formed in 2010 as the charitable arm of Maps Credit Union. Historically, funding for the Foundation has come from the penny-per-swipe that is donated each time a Free Community Checking Account member uses their debit card. As membership has grown, so have the pennies. We add to these donations and recently created an endowment so that the Foundation and giveback efforts are sustained permanently.

The Foundation’s Impact Partnership program has given to these six organizations since 2020:

Read more about our Impact Partnerships on the Foundation pages of our website.