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As a credit union, we put our Members’ money to work in our communities – helping Ontarians to save, own their home sooner, and achieve goals like sending a child to school, launching a business and retiring. We also put our Members’ money to work by establishing partnerships with local community organizations.

International Women's Day 2022: Celebrating Women Leaders in the Credit Union Community

This International Women's Day (IWD), Alterna Savings is proud to celebrate the achievements and contributions of exceptional women leaders in the Credit Union community.

Black History Month Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Toju Ogbeide, Founder and CEO Goodszilla 

Toju Ogbeide knew from an early age that he wanted to help people. He uses education and experience in Information and technology to build technical solutions to everyday problems. 

Black History Month Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Emefa Kuadey 

Emefa Kuadey is a British-born Ghanaian fashion designer and the founder of israella KOBLA, a luxury made-to-order clothing and accessories brand that “redefines minimalism.

February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day

Alterna Savings invites you to celebrate Black History Month with us all February long. This year's theme, February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day, is being examined through the lens of Black entrepreneurship and financial empowerment. 

Black History Month Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Dupe Akinniyi 

Dupe Akinniyi is the founder of Montessori Box, a bilingual curated box company providing Montessori materials for children from 0 to 10 years old.

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund: Microloan Pilot

Meet Modupe Uwandul: our first Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund recipient

Alterna is excited to introduce Modupe Uwandulu, our first Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund recipient!  Modupe shares her journey and talks about how this funding has helped her grow her small business.

Community Microfinance Success Story 

Meet Jason Baerg: Cree Métis visual artist, educator, and curator

Indigenous artist Jason Baerg credits his work with Alterna’s Community Microfinancing Program with helping him to get where he is today.  This interview also highlights how our program supports diversity in the arts, especially in urban centers. 

Community Microfinance Success Story 

Meet Sergio Navarretta, and Alessandra Piccione: Film Makers and Co-Founders of S.N.A.P. Films Inc.

Early in their careers, Sergio and Alessandra received funding through Alterna's Community Microfinance program. We had a chance to talk to them about their experience Alterna, and how it has impacted their careers and lives.

Overcoming Barriers of Patriarchy in Entrepreneurship

In recognition of International Women's Day, Alterna Savings invites you to join our panel of guest speakers for an online interactive event to find solutions to and unpack the role patriarchy plays in the lives of women and women-identifying entrepreneurs.

Transformative Affordable Housing Ideas From Around
The World

Join us on May 21 for an online affordable housing discussion in recognition of UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

We will be presenting projects from around the world that address some of our favorite international affordable housing initiatives. These stories will inspire and help you find creative solutions to the housing problems you care about.

Alterna Supports Carleton U Students With Two Annual Scholarships

Alterna continues its partnership with Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business by awarding the Alterna Savings Scholarship and the Alterna Bank Scholarship to two undergraduate students. This year’s recipients were Andrew Kerr and Tony Phan, who are both students in the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Alterna Savings Donates $50,000 Annually to Support Enactus

Alterna Savings is increasing their annual support and donating $50,000 to Enactus Canada to help foster the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

Event: Honouring the Role of the Black Entrepreneur

Alterna’s Community Impact team and a panel of Black entrepreneurs explore ways to overcome systemic barriers to funding and success. 

Alterna Savings Supports the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto Through Five Scholarships

Alterna Savings, in partnership with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT), has awarded five Penny Bethke Scholarships to young community leaders that help strengthen cooperatives and their communities.

Profiles: Black Owned Businesses

Alterna is proud to be working alongside BIPOC communities to improve economic equality and representation. Learn more about the difference that Alterna’s Microfinance Loan program is having in the lives of Black business owners.

Alterna Savings partners with the Government of Canada on the country’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program

As Canadians work hard to rebuild and recover from this pandemic, Alterna Savings is committed to doing our part in supporting businesses owners and building a strong and resilient economy.

Alterna Raises $120,000 for Candlelighters

This summer, Alterna Savings reimagined its normal fundraising efforts for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs and raised a record amount of $120,000 with all proceeds going to Candlelighters.

Alterna Savings Members Awarded Nine Ontario Credit Union Foundation Grants

Alterna Savings is delighted to congratulate all the Ontario Credit Union Foundation’s (OCUF) CU Succeed Youth Bursary winners.

Alterna extends partnership with CHFT and celebrates 25 years of working together to address Ontario's housing crisis

Alterna Savings has renewed its commitment with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) for another three years. This 25-year-old partnership between CHFT and Alterna positions the credit union as one of the first financial institutions to provide dedicated support to Ontario's co-op housing sector, improving the affordability of housing in Ontario.

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