Canvas Credit Union Builds Impact in Fort Collins with Community Investments and Scholarships

Vincent Neal appointed first executive director of Canvas Foundation

Canvas Credit Union, one of Colorado’s premier credit unions for more than 84 years, celebrates the Canvas Foundation’s latest efforts focused on investing in the Fort Collins community.

Aligned with one of Credit Union’s pillars of community giving – schools – Canvas continues to deepen its commitment to Colorado State University. Canvas donated packaged vans to CSU’s Admissions Department, to enhance the campus tour experience with prospective students and their families. The donation comes as the partnership marks the second year of the Canvas Scholars program to benefit first-generation students. So far, the scholarship program has supported 10 students, awarding a total of $36,500. Canvas has a longstanding relationship with CSU, launching its 15-year sponsorship agreement with the university in 2018. Canvas operates Lory’s Student Center branch on campus, offers dedicated CSU account services to students, faculty and staff, and holds the naming rights for the university’s Canvas Stadium.

Canvas also recently hosted an event to celebrate its latest investment in the city – the new mural on the Old Firehouse Books building in Old Town – alongside Fort Collins Mayor Jeni Arndt and other dignitaries. Canvas commissioned the mural from local artists Lindz and Lamb – which captures the essence of Canvas’ “Go Live” mantra – to add charm, character and color to the town.

Advancing its goal of serving as a champion in Colorado communities, the credit union has named the first executive director of the Canvas Foundation, Vincent Neal, to drive these community impact opportunities. Established in 2016, Canvas Foundation’s goal is to support and nurture areas critical to Colorado communities: schools, families, military, and first responders. Previously a community engagement specialist at Canvas, Vincent’s experience in relationship building and community impact makes him a natural fit to move the Canvas Foundation forward.

The impact of Canvas’ spirit of service and commitment to the community is reflected in the latest Best of Fort Collins awards. Organized by the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the community voted Canvas the winner in the credit union and bank categories.

“We are committed to sharing our hearts with our communities, and the partnership we have been able to establish within Fort Collins has far exceeded our wildest dreams,” said Neal. “That spirit will only grow in our next chapter at The Canvas Foundation, and it’s humbling to see the community also recognize the Canvas difference.”

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Jill E. Washington