ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Affinity Plus Foundation raised more than $27,000 during its fourteenth-annual Silent Auction Nov. 3-7, according to Amy Hanson, foundation executive director.

Nearly 3,000 online bids were placed on 545 baskets or items, Hanson said, with bids coming from across Minnesota and from as far away as Arizona, California and Missouri.

“Every year we’re impressed by how the silent auction grows and excels, especially since it began as printed booklets with pictures, descriptions and bidding sheets in our branches,” she said.

Auction proceeds primarily help fund Community Grants and Cultivator grants, which the Foundation distributes annually across Minnesota to teachers, community educators and others to support financial literacy and education.

In 2016, the foundation has awarded more than $70,000 in grants, to recipients who have implemented financial education and financial literacy programs in their school and communities.

Travis Birklid, a Roseville Area High School business teacher and 2016 Cultivator Grant winner, said the grant “helps us truly prepare students for life. Personal finance is ‘must-have’ knowledge for everyone after high school”.

The next Affinity Plus Foundation Silent Auction will be online Nov. 10-13, 2017.

People can learn more about the foundation or contribute at any time, either with general or targeted donations. More information is available at or by calling (651) 200-6800.

Founded in 2000, the Affinity Plus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) serving Minnesota communities. The Foundation administers its own scholarship programs, awards grants to non-profit groups and schools, and supports financial education initiatives through partnerships, presentations and resources. The Foundation operates on funds generated from its annual events; from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union; and from generous donations from community members who believe in and support financial education.