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.
Middle Tennessee State University
Anyone who works, worships or attends school at MTSU is eligible to join Ascend. 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 and the exclusive presenting sponsor of MTSU arts. In addition, we created the MTSU Advisory Council to stay informed about how we can better serve the MTSU community throughout the year.
Music City Roots and Bluegrass Underground
Ascend’s partnership with Music City Roots and Bluegrass Underground helps us reach a broad spectrum of potential members and Select Employee Group (SEG) partners. In fact, our partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) stemmed from our involvement with Music City Roots. Also, our sponsorship of these two shows further demonstrates our support of the arts in Middle Tennessee.
Ascend manages a robust program of monetary contributions across a variety of charitable organizations annually. We support everything from local high school bands to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Plus, our new and renovated financial centers contain retail areas offering various specialty logo items for sale with a slight mark-up. All proceeds over cost directly benefit a charity of each financial center’s choosing.
The Nature Conservancy
In 2011, Ascend began a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a fellow Music City Roots sponsor. 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.
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 that those who work, worship or attend school at Vanderbilt are eligible to join Ascend.