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The PACU Foundation advances charitable giving to support access to financial literacy, education and training, and disaster and emergency assistance for residents overcoming financial hardship throughout the Triad and Charlotte communities.

Triad and Charlotte communities include the counties of Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Rockingham as the following map reflects:

The Foundation was founded in January 2020, grown out of the desire to expand Piedmont Advantage Credit Union’s capacity to be the difference within the communities the Credit Union is privileged to serve.

Board of Directors

Mary Vitale
Chair and Gifting Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]

Jean Golden-Rumer
Email: [email protected]

Jeanette Stark
Vice Chair and Vice President
Email: [email protected]

Peter Minford
Email: [email protected]

Kim Adkins
Assistant Secretary and Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]

Carla Hooker
Email: [email protected]

Justine Lerch

Diana Santos Johnson

Gene Sharp


Dion Williams
Piedmont Advantage Credit Union President & CEO

Tracy Gilmore
Email: [email protected]

Megan Brooks
Fundraising Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]

Supported Nonprofits
  • A Storehouse for Jesus: Distribution and medical ministry assisting residents facing financial hardship, illness and more
  • Community Link: Financial literacy and monetary assistance for residents facing homelessness, foreclosure or eviction
  • Financial Pathways: Financial literacy classes to residents who struggle with job loss and low wages
  • Gold Shield Foundation of North Carolina: Support for families of fallen or critically injured police officers and firefighters
  • Help Inc.: Financial safety resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and human trafficking
  • Mooresville Area Christian Mission: A holistic approach to combat intergenerational poverty
Funding requests for 2023 have closed. Requests submitted for funding will be evaluated for the 2024 gifting cycle beginning January 1, 2024.
PACU Foundation Funding Inquiry Form
Questions? Please call us at 336.744.8780.

The PACU Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 84-4139152. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitation on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. If goods or services were provided in return for a contribution, the amount of the contribution, which is tax-deductible, may be limited to the amount exceeding the value of such goods and services. The PACU Foundation maintains discretion over the use of all donated funds.

PACU Foundation Quick Facts


  • Serving North Carolina localities since 2020
  • Volunteer hours to run the Foundation provided by Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
  • More than 70% of Piedmont Advantage employees donate
  • PACU Foundation logo with the display of wings: A tribute to Piedmont Advantage’s humble beginnings within the aviation and airline industry
  • A Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 84-4139152

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and founded in 1949 within the aviation industry, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union (PACU) serves member-owners, who reside, work, worship, attend school or operate a business in one of the six counties it serves in North Carolina or who are employed by one of its many employer companies. These six counties are Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Rockingham.

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