Ascend works very hard to improve the communities we serve. To accomplish this, we have built a number of partnerships from diverse fields including education, entertainment and the environment.
Anyone who works, worships or attends school at the following universities is eligible to join Ascend:
Middle Tennessee State University – To keep faculty and students informed about this partnership, we have a significant presence on the university’s campus. Ascend is the exclusive credit union of Blue Raider Athletics, the official credit union of MTSU Arts, and the exclusive sponsor of student-centered events for the MTSU Jones College of Business. Students, faculty, alumni, and fans can “Bank where Blue Raiders belong” with our MTSU co-branded debit card.
Vanderbilt University – As the exclusive credit union of Vanderbilt Athletics, we use our presence on the university’s campus and at football, basketball and baseball games to let everyone know about membership eligibility.
Belmont University – Ascend is the presenting sponsor of Belmont Athletics.
Lipscomb University – We are a proud sponsor of the Lipscomb Bisons.
Live Nation – We have partnered with Live Nation to be the naming rights sponsor of Nashville’s premier outdoor entertainment venue. On April 23, 2015, Ascend Amphitheater was unveiled, making the credit union’s brand synonymous with Music City USA.
Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT) – Ascend donates to this non-profit organization whose mission is to expose Middle Tennessee viewers to arts and education programming and to teach individuals and organizations how to make TV shows.
The Nature Conservancy – In 2011, Ascend began a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This mutually beneficial union opens an avenue of membership in both organizations. TNC members can join Ascend simply by bringing their Field Notes newsletter or Nature Conservancy membership card to their nearest Ascend financial center and opening a savings account with just $5. Or, those who can’t establish membership with Ascend another way can visit their nearest credit union financial center and donate at least $25 to TNC and immediately become eligible to join Ascend.
Giving Back to our Communities
In 2017 Ascend donated $65,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This hospital is important to Ascend because many of our employees and members have relied on this facility for the health of their own children, and the money donated stays locally to help Middle Tennessee families.
Also in 2017, we supported community prosperity through the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen Fund, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We supported education with $25,000 in various credit union scholarships and more than $15,000 to county schools and athletic programs.