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CoVantage giveaway to local nonprofits tops $300,000Submitted: 01/22/2019
CoVantage giveaway to local nonprofits tops $300,000
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Groups like the KIN Youth Program in Rhinelander, United Way of Langlade County, and Crandon Police Department got literal and figurative big checks thanks to this year's Giving Tuesday campaign by CoVantage Credit Union.

The third-annual campaign kicked off just after Thanksgiving.

Through December, it raised more than $300,000 for local nonprofit groups.

Those groups got their checks within the last few weeks.


"The employees of each office pick the non-profits. CoVantage Cares Foundation matches, this year, up to $125,000," said CoVantage Credit Union Rhinelander Branch Manager Sammi Houle.

This round of giving beat the 2017 number by nearly $70,000.

Ten nonprofit groups in northern Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula got donations from the campaign.

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