GTE is one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s award winners
TAMPA, Fla. — (Dec. 14, 2015) – GTE Financial, one of Florida’s largest credit unions, is a winner of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2015 Corporate Philanthropy Awards in the 100 – 500 employee category. The awards spotlight the corporate giving and volunteer programs that stood out in the greater Tampa Bay area during 2014.
“Community service and involvement are key mission elements for us as a cooperative,” says Joe Brancucci, president and CEO of GTE Financial. “We are gratified to receive this recognition for our in-kind, volunteer hour and donations to a number of deserving community organizations.”
GTE donated and matched contributions that totaled more than $493,365.34 in 2014, including in-kind donations such as furniture, iPads with cases, computers, monitors, desks and flat-screen TVs. Of particular note was GTE’s involvement with Junior Achievement’s BizTown, with $57,000 donated as in-kind gifts, $41,000 raised for JA’s Bowl-A-Thon event and other various sponsorships.
In addition to Brancucci’s service as an executive board and committee member, GTE is particularly committed to the financial education/financial literacy element of JA BizTown, creating a state-of-the-art storefront that mirrors that of a GTE community financial center, including GTE OnScreen, equipped with computers to allow students to learn how to make actual transactions.
Other non-profit charitable organizations served include AIDS Walk Tampa Bay, Nick Capitano Boys & Girls Club of Tampa, the United Way Suncoast Chapter, Dress for Success and Wheels of Success. In addition, GTE employees volunteered 2,117 hours in the community.
The winners were announced at a luncheon in Tampa on Dec. 10, 2015. More information on GTE’s charity and philanthropy contributions can be found at www.gtefinancial.org/charity.
About GTE Financial:
GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $1.7 billion in assets and 22 Community Financial Centers located throughout West Central Florida and now a virtual Community Financial Center through GTE 3D. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is now celebrating its 80th anniversary. GTE Financial is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area, serving more than 240,000 individuals and businesses. More information on GTE Financial can be found at www.gtefinancial.org.