Branches closing early due to weather 1.21.22:

(1) Due to the increasing inclement weather, our Kenansville and Wilmington branches will close at 2 p.m. today, 1.21.22 (2) Fayetteville branch is closed today, 1.21.22. If you need in-branch assistance, go to Bragg Mutual, 201 Hay Street, Fayetteville. (3) Due to a scheduled maintenance process, eStatements will be unavailable on Monday, 1.24.22, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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 Piemont 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
Fundraising Committee Chairperson

Jeanette Stark
Vice President

Peter Minford

Tracy Gilmore

Rachael Bundy
Assistant Secretary

Diana Santos Johnson

Justine Lerch

Gene Sharp

Mary Vitale
Gifting Committee Chairperson

Michael Westbrook

For more information on how to apply for funding consideration, email the Foundation's public relations and community outreach director, Kim Adkins, 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.

PACU Foundation Online Donations

The PACU Foundation 2021 Online Auction has ended,  but our 2021 online donation webpage remains open with Greater Giving, our online auction and event portal.

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

When you support the PACU Foundation, you're part of making our communities financially stronger and healthier. Thank you for your support.

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and founded in 1949 within the airline industry, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union (PACU) now serves member-owners, who reside, work, worship or attend school in one of the 13 counties it serves in North Carolina or who are employed by one of its many employer companies. These 13 counties are Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Davie, Duplin, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Pender and Rockingham. A nonprofit cooperative financial institution, PACU has 10 branches throughout its service regions and employs a workforce of over 120.

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