Community Awards

FiSCA's ACTIVA Award

Moneytree is a ten-time Activa award recipient For the fifteenth year, the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) awarded Moneytree the prestigious Activa Award for Moneytree’s outstanding community service to nonprofit organizations. The 2014 ACTIVA Award was presented to Moneytree for outstanding community service to nonprofit organizations.

Started by Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) in 1999, the Activa Awards program highlights the outstanding contributions that members make to improve the quality of life in communities across the country.

Gail Bereny Award for Outstanding Leadership – First Place School

Moneytree CEO and co-founder Dennis Bassford was honored by First Place School with the Gail Bereny Award for Outstanding Leadership. The award was presented during First Place School’s 20th Anniversary Gala on September 19, 2008. The award honors those who set a high standard in philanthropic leadership at First Place and in the community.

First Place School is a Seattle-based organization that educates and nurtures children whose families struggle with the risk or reality of homelessness. Additionally they offer housing, culturally relevant education and support services that enable families to achieve permanent stability. Moneytree is proud to have supported First Place's mission since 2001.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award – Congress of Racial Equality

Moneytree CEO and co-founder Dennis Bassford was recognized for his philanthropic efforts by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) at its 23rd annual Ambassadorial Reception and Awards Dinner held in New York City in 2008. Mr. Bassford received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

More than 2,000 people attended the awards dinner, making it one of the nation’s largest events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Organized by CORE, a national civil rights organization, the annual dinner received broad support from leaders in the business, diplomatic, civic, religious, entertainment and philanthropic communities.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by CORE,” Dennis said during his remarks. “CORE is an important and historic champion of equality in America and its work is as relevant and crucial today as when they first took up the cause in 1942.

Moneytree Named Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Washington State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Moneytree CEO Dennis Bassford was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Association of Washington State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (AWSHCC) at their annual 2008 Gala. The AWHSCC recognized Dennis and Moneytree for philanthropic contributions supporting financial literacy.

In Washington State, Moneytree sponsors a financial page in Tú Decides, a Tri-Cities-based bilingual newsletter.
Tú Decides covered the Gala in their business section, writing, “Dennis Bassford, Moneytree Founder and CEO, was named ‘Philanthropist of the Year.’ Moneytree supports charitable organizations that devote their efforts to children’s causes, financial literacy and medical research. In addition to its many bilingual team members, Moneytree has gone a step further and is now sponsoring a financial page in both the Spanish and English sections of Tú Decides.