Educators’ Alkami innovation win means $10K for United Way of Racine County

Educators Credit Union recently presented a $10,000 check to United Way of Racine County. The funds were presented on behalf of Alkami, the provider of Educators’ Online Banking platform.

Educators Credit Union won the innovation challenge at Alkami’s annual conference in 2015, with an idea generated during an internal innovation challenge, called Tech IT Up a Notch. At Tech IT Up a Notch, teams of Educators employees generated and planned new technology ideas during a two-day event at Educators’ Home Office. The winning idea was taken to Alkami’s annual conference and won the innovation challenge and the donation to a charity of Educators’ choice.

The choice of United Way of Racine County to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program aligns well with Educators’ mission of financial literacy.

“Helping people in the community learn more about how finances work, and to become financially stable, is an important part of Educators Credit Union’s mission,” said Mike Mikkelson, Educators Chief Information Officer. “We are proud to be helping out a great program, and to have done it with a focus on innovation and technology is a great way to keep the excitement going for Educators recent technological advances.”

Rodney Prunty, United Way of Racine County president, said the donation will make a difference to people in the community.

“This kind of support is so important to advancing financial stability in our community,” he said. “It is critical and it will help us reach our countywide goal of getting 2,000 people into financial self-sufficiency. We appreciate all the support that Educators provides and has provided over the years.”

United Way of Racine County advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health: the building blocks for a good life. United Way funds more than 50 programs and special projects, while also developing and facilitating systems-wide initiatives, to create long-lasting change. United Way works in partnership with other individuals and organizations throughout Racine County who bring the passion, resources, and expertise to address the community’s most critical issues. For more information, visit www.unitedwayracine.org or call 262-898-2240.