About Us

Credit Unions Kids at Heart® (CU Kids at Heart) is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and one of the largest collaborative fundraising programs in the nation for the credit union community. Eastern Corporate Federal Credit Union (EasCorp) of Burlington, Massachusetts, founded CU Kids at Heart in 1996 with a small group of Massachusetts credit unions. Today, the organization includes dozens of participating credit unions and corporate sponsors nationwide. Our aim is to leverage the collective impact of credit union charitable efforts and to reflect of the industry's belief in collaboration in service of a greater good.

Our mission is simple: we are dedicated to helping children lead healthy and happy lives.The organization and its supporters are committed to funding research activities aimed at the prevention, treatment, and/or cure of pediatric neurological diseases, including Moyamoya disease, Cerebral Palsy, pediatric epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and pediatric brain cancer. We work closely with the medical investigators at Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and their research affiliates, to provide financial stability to these often underfunded research areas. Our contributions have directly made possible clinical trials, new diagnostic tools, treatment breakthroughs and promising drug therapies, and much more. Since its founding, CU Kids at Heart has raised nearly $7 million toward these fundraising directives.

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Together We Give: #GivingTuesday is December 1

#GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year on December 1, 2020. On this day, people are encouraged to give to causes they believe in and to do acts of kindness in their communities. This year, we ask our community to support Credit Unions Kids at Heart by making a donation toward its research initiatives conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital and aimed at the prevention, treatment, and cure of Cerebral Palsy, Moyamoya disease, and pediatric epilepsy and other seizure disorders. These important studies are advancing our understanding of these rare and often devastating disorders, and, one day, will lead to a cure. Donations received on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar for dollar! To learn more about the research we support, visit the Research page. To learn how to make a #GivingTuesday donation, please visit the Donate page.

Unleash Generosity on December 1, 2020. Every year, on GivingTuesay, we mobilize millions of people across the globe to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet.

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Your Gifts Can Give Back: Shop with Amazon Smile

If you are shopping on Amazon this holiday season, please consider shopping for gifts at smile.amazon.com to give back to Credit Unions Kids at Heart. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Select "CU Kids at Heart Inc" to ensure your purchases help support our mission to help children lead happy and healthy lives. Every donation, however small, makes possible medical breakthroughs and life-changing treatments that give hope to children worldwide.


The CJ Buckley Memorial Fund

In 2019, CU Kids at Heart established the CJ Buckley Memorial Fund for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research to support the groundbreaking work of the Panigrahy Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dipak Panigrahy, principal research investigator, and his team study the impact of inflammation on cancer in the hope of stopping the growth of cancerous cells. The fund honors Carter J. Buckley, a young man who passed away in 2002 from brain cancer. Learn more on the Research page.


Our Partners: the Team Jack Foundation

CU Kids at Heart has partnered with the Team Jack Foundation, a non-profit foundation chaired by New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. The Team will donate to the Team Jack Foundation in support of new and ongoing research initiatives and promising clinical trials at Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn more on our Affiliates page.

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