Technology Credit Union Uses Blog Power to Create Social Change

Leading Bay Area Credit Union Has Announced a $1,000 Giveaway to Encourage Individuals to Share Their Ideas for Community Projects

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) - One of the Bay Area's largest credit unions, Tech CU, has announced another campaign aimed at encouraging individuals to give back to their community. Called the Community Change Project: What Would You Change with $1,000? it is centered around a contest that is being run through Tech CU's new blog site at Individuals are invited to submit their ideas for a community project aimed at creating social or environmental change in the Bay Area through August 31, 2007. Details on how to submit can be found on the blog site as well as on Tech CU's new iTunes Podcast, the Community Chatter Channel, at

A short summary of all project submissions will be posted on the Tech CU blog where visitors can review, comment and vote on each submission through September 7th. The top five vote winners will be featured during the week of September 10th. Tech CU will then select and announce the Grand Prize Winner on September 19th and sponsor their project with a $1,000 cash grant.

"Blogs have become such a powerful tool for the exchange of ideas," said Kathleen Litman, VP of Marketing for Tech CU. "We thought it would be interesting to see what could happen if we created a blog event for social change. What if we gave people an incentive to share their own great ideas? Change can happen in many different ways, as much through the efforts of individuals as through great big organizations. Just because a project is small, doesn't mean it can't have a big impact, and so we're very excited to see what people come up with."

The Community Change Project is the latest campaign in Tech CU's yearlong focus on social responsibility. The credit union launched its social initiative on March 6th with its Tech CU Community Spirit Day. That event brought together more than 15 Bay Area nonprofits with people from the community who came to learn about how they could get more involved in 2007. It also raised more than $4,000 in donations given by employees, members and a company match.

Tech CU is also sponsoring a series of community service events throughout the year that support financial literacy and children, youth and family services in the Bay Area. To find out more about these or to learn about Tech CU's community outreach program, go to Tech CU's community page at

Details: "What Would You Change with $1,000?"

What: Submit your ideas for a community project aimed at creating social or environmental change in the Bay Area. Go to the Tech CU blog and vote for your favorite projects.

Where: Submit via the Tech CU Blog at

When: Deadline for submission is August 31, 2007; Voting ends September 7, 2007;

The Grand Prize Project Winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 19, 2007.


Technology Credit Union is a full-service, financial institution serving individuals who work, live, go to school or regularly worship in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Tech CU was started in 1960 and is now among the top 1 percent of the nation's largest credit unions. With nearly $1.3 billion in assets and nine full-service branches around the Bay Area, Tech CU is a leader in the credit union industry.

Contact Information: Contact Information: Tawnya Lancaster Public Relations 408-205-1618 Karen Crabtree Technology Credit Union Phone: 408-441-4736