The Difference Your Membership Makes
The benefits of Salal membership go beyond good rates, low fees, and dedicated personal service. We’re committed to giving 5% of our annual income to help people and causes in the communities we serve. Because we know that many small actions, when added together, can make big impacts. Every Salal member plays a part in making this impact, simply by doing your banking or financing with Salal.
At Salal, we aim to make a difference for good in our communities, both through our targeted charitable giving and financial products that empower positive change. Our approach centers on four main areas of focus: healthcare, housing insecurity, social equality, and renewable energy. Below are just a few of the many causes we were proud to support in 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our local front-line healthcare professionals have been risking their lives to save the lives of others. But vital personal protective equipment was in short supply. Salal gave $11,000 for gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes to help keep our healthcare community safe.
Through our partnership with Rebuilding Together, Salal and the Salal Foundation funded 11 emergency home repair projects in communities across the U.S., enabling 20 low-income individuals to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through our Dealer Direct solar power financing program, we funded the installation of 3,000 solar systems in 2020. Each of these solar panel systems will produce around 30,000,000 kwh for homeowners in its first year. In total, these systems will eliminate an estimated 21,111 metric tons of carbon emissions a year—equivalent of 23,371,832 lbs. of coal burned or 52,633,251 miles driven by average passenger cars.
As part of our commitment to helping bring about lasting social justice change, in 2020 we made $50,000 in donations to organizations working to promote social and racial equality. Our donation was split equally between Black Lives Matter Seattle/King County, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and Not This Time—a Seattle-based organization focused on reducing fatal police shootings.
In the same spirit, on June 12, 2020 we closed our branches and headquarters for a day of reflection, giving Salal staff the opportunity to educate themselves, consider ways they can help bring about change, to volunteer within their community, and participate in peaceful demonstrations if they chose to.
The Salal Foundation
The Salal Foundation supports organizations that work to build vibrant and sustainable communities and to promote a clean energy future. 2020 provided a meaningful impact to the communities we serve from assisting homeowners in making vital repairs and improving the livability of their homes, to advancing the solar power industry and creating local economic opportunities. We’re dedicated to improving lives and promoting prosperity to help our communities thrive. To learn more about Salal Foundation stories, visit TheSalalFoundation.org. Visit The Salal Foundation