About Us

Credit Unions Kids at Heart® (CU Kids at Heart) is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and one of the largest collaborative fundraising programs in the nation for the credit union community. Eastern Corporate Federal Credit Union (EasCorp) of Burlington, Massachusetts, founded CU Kids at Heart in 1996 with a small group of Massachusetts credit unions. Today, the organization includes dozens of participating credit unions and corporate sponsors nationwide. Our aim is to leverage the collective impact of credit union charitable efforts and to reflect of the industry's belief in collaboration in service of a greater good.

Our mission is simple: we are dedicated to helping children lead healthy and happy lives.The organization and its supporters are committed to funding research activities aimed at the prevention, treatment, and/or cure of pediatric neurological diseases, including Moyamoya disease, Cerebral Palsy, pediatric epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and pediatric brain cancer. We work closely with the medical investigators at Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and their research affiliates, to provide financial stability to these often underfunded research areas. Our contributions have directly made possible clinical trials, new diagnostic tools, treatment breakthroughs and promising drug therapies, and much more. Since its founding, CU Kids at Heart has raised nearly $7 million toward these fundraising directives.


A Winner is Announced!

Congratulations to Chuck Russian, winner of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Helicopter Ball Drop! His lucky ball (#189) was only ball of 500 to land in the hole of the 1st green at Tedesco Country Club earlier today. Mr. Russian has generously donated $2,000 of his prize money back to Credit Unions Kids at Heart!

Congratulations to the 2020 Boston Marathon Team

Congratulations to the members of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Team who took part in the historic 124th Boston Marathon Virtual Experience. Sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association, the organizers of the Boston Marathon, the virtual marathon replaced the traditional mass participation road race. The virtual format required that each runner chose their own 26.2 mile route to run continuously, on the same day. Inspired by their Patient Partners and dedicated to the organization’s mission to help children lead happy and healthy lives, eleven of the Credit Union Kids at Heart Team’s runners participated in or completed the race between September 5 through 14, 2020. We congratulate and thank all of the members of our Team for their commitment and for their amazing fundraising efforts.

The CJ Buckley Memorial Fund

In 2019, CU Kids at Heart established the CJ Buckley Memorial Fund for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research to support the groundbreaking work of the Panigrahy Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dipak Panigrahy, principal research investigator, and his team study the impact of inflammation on cancer in the hope of stopping the growth of cancerous cells. The fund honors Carter J. Buckley, a young man who passed away in 2002 from brain cancer. Learn more on the Research page.

Our Partners: the Team Jack Foundation

CU Kids at Heart has partnered with the Team Jack Foundation, a non-profit foundation chaired by New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. The Team will donate to the Team Jack Foundation in support of new and ongoing research initiatives and promising clinical trials at Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn more on our Affiliates page.

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