About Us

Credit Unions Kids at Heart® (CU Kids at Heart) is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and one of the largest collaborative fundraising programs in the nation for the credit union community. Eastern Corporate Federal Credit Union (EasCorp) of Burlington, Massachusetts, founded CU Kids at Heart in 1996 with a small group of Massachusetts credit unions. Today, the organization includes dozens of participating credit unions and corporate sponsors nationwide. Our aim is to leverage the collective impact of credit union charitable efforts and to reflect of the industry's belief in collaboration in service of a greater good.

Our mission is simple: we are dedicated to helping children lead healthy and happy lives.The organization and its supporters are committed to funding research activities aimed at the prevention, treatment, and/or cure of pediatric neurological diseases, including Moyamoya disease, Cerebral Palsy, pediatric epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and pediatric brain cancer. We work closely with the medical investigators at Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and their research affiliates, to provide financial stability to these often underfunded research areas. Our contributions have directly made possible clinical trials, new diagnostic tools, treatment breakthroughs and promising drug therapies, and much more. Since its founding, CU Kids at Heart has raised nearly $8.5 million toward these fundraising directives.


The Boston Marathon is Back in April!

On Monday, April 18, 2022, seven runners will take part in one of Beantown’s most beloved traditions—the Boston Marathon. For more than 20 years, Credit Unions Kids at Heart has sponsored a team of runners who train with Boston Children’s Hospital, wear their charity bibs, and raise money for research initiatives at the renowned hospital. The Runners are matched with Patient Partners whose courage and resilience inspire their run.

Up to the Challenge?

People of all ages and abilities, including 15 teams made up of credit union staff and friends, took part in the first-ever Credit Unions Kids at Heart All-Ability Challenge in April 2021, a virtual event and celebration of health and kindness. They walked, ran, biked, and completed acts of kindness to raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital. Learn more about this year’s Challenge and consider joining!

The CJ Buckley Memorial Fund

In 2019, CU Kids at Heart established the CJ Buckley Memorial Fund for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research to support the groundbreaking work of the Panigrahy Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dipak Panigrahy, principal research investigator, and his team study the impact of inflammation on cancer in the hope of stopping the growth of cancerous cells. The fund honors Carter J. Buckley, a young man who passed away in 2002 from brain cancer. Learn more about the research developments in his memory.

Our Partners: the Team Jack Foundation

CU Kids at Heart has partnered with the Team Jack Foundation, a non-profit foundation chaired by former New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. The Team will donate to the Team Jack Foundation in support of new and ongoing research initiatives and promising clinical trials. Patriots Offensive Lineman Justin Herron has joined the effort; this local hero is standing with us to raise awareness of the cause. Learn more on our Affiliates page.

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