Royal Credit Union Foundation Gives $50,000 Donation to Beaver Creek Reserve

Dec 05 2016 | Written By Jennifer McHugh, Director of Public Affairs and Financial Education

The Royal Credit Union (Royal) Foundation gifted $50,000 to Beaver Creek Reserve for the Discover the Deep Woods exhibit.

Proceeds from the 2015 and 2016 RCU Charity Classic event were combined to make the $50,000 gift. The Discover the Deep Woods exhibit includes a beaver bank crawl-through, interactive scat and track wall, and hands-on fur identification. More than 50,000 people visit Beaver Creek Reserve annually.

The foundation’s core purpose is to create a positive impact in the communities served by Royal Credit Union. “Beaver Creek Reserve has a long history in the Chippewa Valley and has brought education opportunities to countless children, families, and adults,” said Doug Olson, treasurer of the Royal Credit Union Foundation. “The foundation was proud to make a gift to create this outstanding exhibit.”

Beaver Creek Reserve features more than 400 acres of diverse habitat. In addition to the nature center, the site offers a citizen science center, butterfly house, observatory, youth camp, obstacle course, field research station, and a charter science school.

The Charity Classic has been held annually by Royal Credit Union since 1994. The event has resulted in donations of over $227,000 to area charities. The next Charity Classic will be held June 24, 2017.


About the Royal Credit Union Foundation

The Royal Credit Union Foundation (Foundation) was established in 2013 to create a positive impact in the communities Royal Credit Union serves.  The Foundation exists to improve the lives of Royal’s Members and their neighbors by funding impactful and lasting projects. The Foundation supports organizations located in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Currently, it has awarded over $2.3 million in grants.


About Royal Credit Union

Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union serving over 160,000 Members with 25 full service offices. Royal is driven by a core ideology which is built on strong purpose and values. Royal is certified by the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 18 counties in Western Wisconsin or 12 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Eau Claire, Chippewa, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Clark, Dunn, Jackson, Marathon, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood.  Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Scott, Wabasha, Washington, and Winona. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit or call Royal Credit Union at 1-800-341-9911 for more information.