ACU Foundation

Welcome to the ACU Foundation!  The ACU Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization chartered in 2019 with the mission of enhancing the lives of military members, South Sound residents, and their families.

Donate to the ACU Foundation

The ACU Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Our tax ID number is 37-1918275. The ACU Foundation is located at PO Box 5060, Dupont, WA 98327.

Our Response to COVID 19

America’s Credit Union (ACU) partners with Thurston TOGETHER! to help Yelm community members. Last year, ACU founded the ACU Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization chartered with the mission of enhancing the lives of military members, South Sound residents, and their families. Last week, the ACU foundation partnered with Thurston TOGETHER! to help support families in the Yelm community who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation and TOGETHER! Have processed over 90 applications and have worked to help pay bills for four families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Learn more about the ACU Foundation’s Response to COVID 19

Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament

Throughout the past 20 years, the Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament has raised over half a million dollars for Joint Base Lewis-McChord [JBLM] charities, such as Santa’s Castle and the Holiday Assistance Program. The foundation hopes to increase contributions to the tournament this year with the added benefit of a tax deduction.

Learn more about Turkey Shoot

2021 Year in Review

Message from the Chairman

For decades America’s Credit Union (ACU) has made it a priority to support our members and their communities. ACU’s CEO, Kenneth Leonard, has been raising funds through an annual charity golf tournament, Turkey Shoot, since 2000. The raised funds have gone to the support all of our great military members working on Joint Base Lewis-McChord through organizations such as Santa’s Castle, the Food Basket Program, and the Madigan Foundation.

In 2019, the ACU Foundation was formed to accommodate the needs of our service-members and expand our community reach and impact. This has been accomplished by providing educational, military and community support services and activities related to improving the lives ACU members and those who live and work in the South Sound.

The ACU Foundation seeks to aid where we can have the greatest impact to those we serve, which means most of our giving is directed toward organizations that are able to meet the educational, military, and support service needs of our communities.

In 2020, the Foundation received over $85,000 in contributions from local businesses and community members, helping 150 families pay household bills and buy groceries. We also sponsored hams for over 1,300 service members and their families for Christmas dinner. The foundation supports Santa’s Castle and The Madigan Foundation through an annual Golf Tournament, the Turkey Shoot, held on the first Friday in November of every year. Why play golf in November? The simple answer is that’s when ACU President, Ken Leonard and his friend Tommy Carson got the idea. They were responding to the challenges that soldiers and their families were facing with the holidays coming up. But also, it was to place a little hardship on golfers so they could understand that even when things get rough, it’s not the time to give up, keep playing, keep trying – just like our troops.

The ACU Foundation Board of Directors is made up of local leaders with a passion for our military and neighborhoods.

Chairman: Amber Young,

President: Daniel Nicholson,

Vice President: Joshua Howen,

Treasurer: Karen McCombs,

To request assistance please use the application for aid below. If you are interested in volunteering please email


Amber Young

Chairman, ACU Foundation

Meet Our Board

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Amber Young


Amber Young is the Community Engagement Specialist at ACU and a native of Thurston County. Amber began her career with America’s Credit Union in 2009 where her position allowed her the opportunity to help members reach their financial goals.

In 2011, Amber took a position in the Marketing Department at ACU where she helped members on a personal level and worked within the community to help support nonprofits, servicemembers and businesses in our area.

Amber is currently the President of the DuPont- Steilacoom subchapter of the Association of the United States Army, holds position on the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is involved with multiple committees working with local businesses to bring value to our communities.

With the help of her colleagues and ACU Business Partners, Amber coordinates the ACU Annual Charity Golf Tournament, The Turkey Shoot. This tournament raises an average of $50,000 for Joint Base Lewis McChord charities and has been held since 2000. The success of this tournament has led to the creation of the ACU Foundation. As Chairman, she and the other members of the board will raise funds to improve the lives of all of our community members.

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Dan Nicholson


Dan Nicholson, a native of the Tacoma area and a graduate of the University of Washington, started his company Dzines, after years of research and strategic planning. He formed the idea after experiencing a multitude of entry-level and professional careers including healthcare, restaurants, hospitality, and criminal justice to name a few. During this time Dan realized the importance and the need for quality products and services to help businesses, teams and organizations grow. Today, we are supported by a network of sales professionals and product manufacturers with decades of experience in virtually every trade imaginable.

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Joshua Howen

Vice President

Joshua Howen is a Board member for the ACU Foundation. When he was 19 years old, Joshua became a “Big Brother” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This sparked his desire for serving his community. Joshua found himself wanting to do more for his community, country and himself and joined the military as a Military Policeman. After his service, Joshua found a new way to engage in the military community through serving on the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited as an executive board member who chairs their Veterans Service Partnership for the State of Washington. Joshua loves spending time exploring the PNW, fishing and hiking with his children. Joshua is excited to further his passion for helping veterans, service-members and their families through his position with the ACU Foundation.

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Phil Prothero

Member at Large

Phil Prothero is the Chief Operations Officer at America’s Credit Union.  During his 10-years at ACU he has managed branch operations, training, call center, facilities and other areas temporarily during organizational changes.  With 16 years of combined banking experience, Phil previously worked for a school district in grant management and human resources.  He graduated from Central Washington University and has completed programs in Human Resources, Strategic Management, and Sales and Service training.  He is passionate about member service and serving the communities ACU is a part of.

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Karen Macomb


Karen Macomb is the ACU Foundation’s Treasurer. Having been born and raised in Yelm, Karen began bookkeeping in 2007 working at a small coastal hotel. Here is where she found her passion, as numbers brought her peace and order. Since then she has worked as a Resident Financial Services Manager for non-profit, serving adults with Developmental Disabilities; the Health Care Authority for the State of Washington, auditing applications for Medicaid and reviewing financial documents; and most recently owns Ingrained Bookkeeping in her hometown of Yelm, WA.

Karen volunteers as the treasurer for her childrens’ Parent-Teacher Organization and has volunteered with the Yelm Chamber of Commerce on several events. She has joined the ACU Foundation because she sees value in serving her local community.

When she isn’t behind the desk, you can find Karen working on her hobby farm or her parents’ farm with her husband and three sons.