Common Cents 2023: Racial Justice Awards

Help your favorite local nonprofits win cash awards from Common Cents, a  community rewards program funded by Coop Fed's VISA Debit Cards.

Every purchase made with a Coop Fed debit card adds "small change" to the Common Cents prize pool. At the end of the year, those funds are awarded to organizations chosen by our members. You can bank for social justice every day, simply by using your Coop Fed debit card.

Vote by June 30

Voting is now open for the 2023 round of Common Cents! Coop Fed members can vote for up to 3 nominees.

How it Works:

  • The ballot lists local organizations that were nominated by Coop Fed members. To be eligible, nominees must (1) have non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor,  (2) primarily serve the Syracuse / Central New York area, and (3) have a mission focused on this year's funding priority: Racial Justice (2023). 
  • Coop Fed members can vote for up to 3 nominees (ranked choice voting). Ballots must be cast no later than June 30, 2023. The top 3 nominees will be this year's winners. 
  •  Throughout the year, purchases made on Coop Fed VISA debit cards will add funds to the prize pool. The more our members use their debit cards, the more funds go into the pool! Winners will receive cash prizes in approximately February 2024.


Congratulations to our latest winners

We're so pleased to celebrate the winners of our 2022 funding round! Thanks to credit union members, Coop Fed awarded $500 each to these top 4 nominees.

Black Lives Matter: Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.

Food Bank of Central New York: Main food distribution hub for hundreds of partner agencies that comprise the emergency food network in our eleven-county service region across central and northern New York.

Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center: A Black woman led reproductive justice mission providing judgment-free access to culturally reflective, community-led pregnancy and reproductive care. The center offers full spectrum doula care, breastfeeding support, reproductive wellness counseling, and more.

Syracuse Community Choir: Gathering to sing songs of peace and social justice, focusing on issues of peace, indigenous rights, civil rights, environmental rights, religious acceptance, and inclusion of all people.