Support Economic Justice


Alternatives Impact is the 501(c)3 affiliate of Alternatives Federal Credit Union. We raise funds to support community programs and a shared mission: To build wealth and create economic opportunity for under-served people and communities.

Alternatives Community Programs & 2013 Impact

  • Business CENTS (Community Enterprise Networking and Training Services)resource center offering “Getting Down to Business” course, workshops, consultation, networking - 331 participants, including 229 women and 80 self-identified minorities. 

  • The Free Tax Preparation Program (VITA):  free service where volunteers help eligible tax filers receive their maximum available tax credit - 1833 tax filers served by 61 volunteers; $3.8 million returned to Tompkins County.

  • Individual Development Accounts (IDAs):  “matched” savings accounts and financial education that help people build assets (higher education, first home, small business) - 90 new accounts open; 40 accounts closed to purchase first home, microenterprise or higher education.

  • MoneyWise: 7-week course provides adults with tools to confront and conquer personal financial challenges - Four sessions held, 77 MoneyWise graduates.

  • Student Credit Union: financial education and savings program for school-age children and youth in Tompkins County - 561 students saving weekly in 11 Tompkins County schools (public, private, home school) served by 74 volunteers.

Connect to impact

$15,110 raised
$10000 goal

Ithaca, NY
21 Champions
137 Contributions
Campaign Complete.