How We Came About


For decades, SEFCU's Community Support Program has helped change the lives of people in the communities that the credit union serves. Over time, SEFCU’s dedication to the community has led to it becoming one of the largest philanthropic organizations in upstate New York. SEFCU holds an unwavering commitment to make a positive difference in the communities they serve by providing the gift of time, talent, and treasure. To read more about SEFCU’s involvement within the community click here.

Through the Siena Center for Academic Community Engagement (ACE) Siena students have worked with SEFCU to build the SHINE platform. One of the many programs of the Center for ACE is the Nonprofit EXcellence and Transformation (NEXT) Consulting program, which was created and funded by SEFCU. NEXT connects highly motivated teams of student consultants and faculty mentors with Capital Region nonprofits. Through an engaged, collaborative effort, teams of NEXT Fellows respond to challenges facing community organizations by exploring vibrant, solution-oriented opportunities that can help our partner-clients focus on their mission while increasing their sustainability and impact. To read more about NEXT Community Consulting click here.


Siena NEXT undertook extensive research and a feasibility study sponsored by SEFCU in the Capital Region. Through the feasibility study and town hall meetings, it became apparent that there is a desire among nonprofits to communicate and share information with one another. Further, the study determined that a communication platform would be an important tool in building trust among organizations and enhancing collaboration. SEFCU saw this as an opportunity to build meaningful partnerships in the community, which resulted in the Siena NEXT team undertaking the project. The SHINE platform is a result of this work, enabling organizations to come together, communicate with one another, and thereby increase the trust and collaboration among nonprofits in the Capital Region.