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In observance of Independence Day, our branches and corporate offices will be closed on Monday, July 4.

A History of Simply Service®

In 1948, Aviator Tom Davis' vision to launched a small airline, Piedmont Airlines, in Winston-Salem, NC, became a reality. A division of Piedmont Aviation, Piedmont Airlines provided jobs for servicemen and women after the war. Under Mr. Davis' leadership, Piedmont Aviation and Piedmont Airlines flourished and the need for a credit union was recognized. By 1949, with employee volunteers and a cash box in a small office, an aviation credit union was formed to provide small loans and savings accounts to Piedmont Aviation and Piedmont Airlines employees.

Over the years, this credit union became known as Piedmont Advantage Credit Union to reflect its growing membership. As a financial cooperative, the credit union has a long history of simply servicing its members and area residents to secure affordable credit and financial services needed to grow and sustain their wealth.

The PACU Foundation was founded in January 2020, grown out of the desire of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union's Board of Directors and leadership team to enlarge the credit union's capacity to be the difference within its North Carolina service areas. The Foundation’s mission is to create strong, sustainable financial health in our local communities by using the power of cooperative efforts to enable dreams to take flight and soar.

The Foundation’s areas of focus are financial literacy, education and training, and disaster and emergency assistance.

Board of Directors and Officers

Steve Gilliland

Jean Golden-Rumer

Jeanette Stark
Vice President

Peter Minford

Tracy Gilmore
Secretary and
Fundraising Committee Chairperson

Diana Santos Johnson

Justine Lerch
Vice Chair

Gene Sharp

Mary Vitale
Gifting Committee Chairperson

Michael Westbrook

Kim Adkins
Assistant Secretary and Marketing and Communications Committee Chairperson

For more information on how to apply for funding consideration, email the Foundation's gifting committee chairperson, Mary Vitale, at or complete the following form:


PACU Foundation Funding Inquiry Form


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.

Thank you for supporting the PACU Foundation 2022 Online Auction with a donated item, service or experience. So that we can capture accurate details about your donation, please complete our online Donor Item Form by June 17.

Auction Highlights:

  • Preregistration begins July 13 at    8 a.m. Link to the auction website will be available at this time.
  • Auction opens July 16 at 8 a.m and closes July 29 at 8 p.m.

PACU Foundation Online Donations

As you, we want to see the local communities where we live, work, worship and raise our children thrive.

Contribute to the PACU Foundation and be part of helping our communities to become financially stronger and healthier. Thank you for your support.

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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