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Ascend Federal Credit Union and Employees Contribute $1.2 Million to Middle Tennessee Organizations and People in Past Year



Ascend and its employees donated $1.2 million to the Middle Tennessee community in 2021, a significant 26% increase over 2020. Ascend employees personally contributed $13,000 to the company’s overall gift to Middle Tennessee.

The credit union’s 2021 Neighborhood Report, issued today, also notes that contributions helped support 113 Middle Tennessee elementary and high schools. Overall, Ascend donated $192,000 to education support and development.

The report also notes that Ascend’s members reached a cumulative milestone last year, contributing more than $1 million to The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee since the non-profit organizations partnered in 2011. In addition to the partners’ financial commitment, the credit union physically demonstrated its commitment to conservation in 2021 by donating 70 trees to Root Nashville in commemoration of its 70th anniversary.

And employees donated 14,575 items of food to Second Harvest Food Bank – which would be a stack of cans 9/10 of a mile high, a road of turkeys about a mile and half long or a small warehouse worth of fruits and vegetables. And this year’s collection was over 70% larger than last year’s donation.

“It may sound trite, but giving back is central to our identity, since our primary goal as a credit union is to pass on savings and growth to our members, including an annual return payment that we have made every year for 17 years,” said Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel. “Of course, as a community organization, we also believe in giving back to the community that supports us, and we are honored to work with many great organizations that serve Middle Tennesseans, as this report outlines.”

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