By Foundation for Edmonds School District | Press Release

Foundation for Edmonds School District and Gesa Credit Union Partner to Help Raise Funds for Children in the Edmonds School District

LYNNWOOD, WA – The Foundation for Edmonds School District announced today that it has partnered with Gesa Credit Union to launch a fundraising campaign through a suite of co-branded high school themed debit cards. The campaign will raise funds for programs that will enrich academic and nutritional programs for children in the Edmonds School District.

A community-oriented organization, Gesa is Washington’s second largest credit union who provides support for youth and families across Washington State. To date, Gesa has raised more than $500,000 in donations to support students statewide. The Foundation for Edmonds School District will become the first Western Washington School Foundation to partner on the Co-Branded Affinity Debit Card program with Gesa Credit Union.

The suite of cards, available at no cost to Gesa members, feature the Foundation for Edmonds School District along with Edmonds Woodway High school, Lynnwood High School, Meadowdale High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, Scriber Lake High School, and Edmonds Heights K-12. Each time a Co-Branded Affinity Debit Card is used, Gesa will make a small donation through the Foundation for Edmonds School District to support important academic programs so that students will have the resources to learn, thrive, and contribute to our vibrant community.

“The Foundation for Edmonds School District is proud to team up with Gesa Credit Union on this wonderful fundraising effort,” says Deborah Brandi, Executive Director for the Foundation. “Gesa’s Affinity Debit Card donations will help provide the financial support needed for the programming offered to our students throughout the year. Gesa brings great awareness to financial literacy and the opportunities and resources available to our students, families, teachers and community at a critical time.”

Gesa members can switch to a Co-Branded Affinity Debit Card at no cost and can request a card by mail, or in-person for instant issue at any branch location. The cards are free to Gesa members with a checking account and there is no fee for members to switch their card to any of the designs offered. To learn more about Gesa Credit Union and the Co-Branded Affinity Debit Card program, visit www.gesa.com.


The Edmonds School District is Snohomish County’s largest public school district, serving more than 21,000 students across 35 campuses. Boundaries span five communities including Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and part of Bothell. For 37 years, the Foundation for Edmonds School District has worked in partnership with the District to ensure that every student has the resources to learn, thrive and contribute to our vibrant community. With an all-volunteer board and active community participants, the Foundation provides supplemental funding to support students, families, and educators in the pursuit of educational excellence. www.foundationesd.org.

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