Charity for Change Receives $25,000 Grant to Support Kids’ Mental Well-Being from Suncoast Credit Union

Charity for Change has received a $25,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union to help Collier County students build the foundation of resiliency and mental well-being. Specifically, the grant supports the production of 20 new educational videos for elementary school-age students.

The grant funds new GiverTV videos, an interactive video component of the Charity for Change curriculum. The educational videos help students practice nine character traits: citizenship, perseverance, kindness, self-control, tolerance, responsibility, integrity, cooperation, and respect.

“We are incredibly grateful to Suncoast Credit Union for their generous support toward our program so children have the tools they need to build resiliency and mental well-being,” said Karen Conley, founder and CEO of Charity for Change. “Research shows that by nurturing the emotional well-being of young learners, children not only excel academically, but also increase their capacity to manage emotions and cultivate positive relationships.”

The videos engage at-risk students as contributing members of their communities. Students will experience how they affect positive change for the benefit of others, building their resiliency and mental well-being.

“At Suncoast, we believe that supporting education initiatives is an investment in the future of our communities,” said Kourtney Berry, Executive Director, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. “Educating students about the importance of resiliency and mental well-being early on provides them with important life skills for long-term success.”

For information on how to support Charity for Change in creating a world free of hate, violence, bullying and division by teaching children to care about each other and the world around them, visit

About Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the 8th largest in the United States based on membership, and the 11th largest in the United States based on its $17.1 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 77 full-service branches and serves more than one million members across Florida. As a community credit union, anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Suncoast Credit Union’s service area is eligible for membership. In 2021, Suncoast Credit Union’s field of membership was expanded to include public K-12 teachers, college educators, and educational support staff from all of Florida’s 67 counties. Suncoast is passionate about community support. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $40 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit or follow us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Charity for Change

Through character education and charitable activities, the organization serves elementary school-age children through its afterschool and summer school programs. Founded in 2008, Charity for Change teaches children to care about each other and the world around them, instilling empathy and a giving spirit. For 16 years, the Charity for Change program has engaged more than 120,000 students by building resiliency, strong life-skill competencies and improving academic performance. For more information about Charity for Change, please visit or call 239-592-6787.
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