Central 1’s Forge Digital Banking Platform offers fintechs and digital innovators the freedom to build widgets and capabilities to further the Canadian digital banking experience

VANCOUVER, BC, May 20, 2020 – Central 1 has debuted the Forge Digital Banking Platform’s Forge Community with its first third party widget developed in collaboration with Do Some Good. Forge Communitythe integrated digital ecosystem where fintechs and digital innovators can design, build and benefit from each other’s innovations – is welcoming development collaborations. The first contributor on Forge Community is Do Some Good, the BC-based organization that empowers companies with tools to drive social impact and share their philanthropic stories.

“We know that tailored digital banking experiences are vital to the success of financial institutions across Canada,” said Mark Blucher, President and CEO of Central 1. “From day one, we voiced that building this ecosystem would be a game changer, and we’ve successfully delivered. By pooling our talent and resources, we can maintain pace with major fintechs, create economies of scale, accelerate time to market on Forge and connect more deeply with our members and customers.”

As one of the innovators on the forefront, Do Some Good saw an excellent opportunity to build value for communities across the country in building a widget that helps credit unions and financial institutions to tell their stories of community impact and volunteerism. “Our mission is to leverage what we have built to drive impact in our local communities,” said Sheldon Gardiner, CEO and Founder of Do Some Good. “As a lifelong credit union member, it is an honor to partner with credit unions and develop innovative solutions together, while contributing to the digital banking experience for members and customers across Canada”.

One of the financial institutions excited for the Do Some Good integration on Forge Community is BC-based First West Credit Union, who has served as a Pilot Partner through the development and testing. “Helping our communities thrive is a fundamental part of what we do, and our members have validated that time and time again,” said Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union. “By leveraging Forge Community and championing this initiative with our long-time partner Do Some Good, we’ve enhanced the digital experience for our members by providing them real-time information about how we are strengthening our communities.”

Forge Community enables fintechs to build revenue, share ideas and improve offerings for financial institutions across Canada through a shared innovation approach. As the Do Some Good widget is now available for clients on the Forge Digital Banking platform, Central 1 welcomes development opportunities and ideas to continue the pace of innovation through collaboration.

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About Central 1
Central 1 is a preferred partner for financial, digital banking and payment products and services – fueling the success of businesses across Canada. We leverage our scale, strength and expertise to power progress for more than 250 credit unions and other financial institutions, enhancing the financial well-being of more than 5 million customers from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.central1.com.

About Do Some Good
Do Some Good amplifies community impact by connecting Canadians with local causes. Founded with the support of First West, Prospera and Interior Savings credit unions, Do Some Good enables companies to share the positive work they are doing as community content on their website, while streamlining funding and sponsorship requests. The result is enhanced brand and reputation, which builds trust with customers, as well as existing and prospective employees. For more information, visit www.dosomegood.ca.

For Media Inquiries:

Paige Strand
Communications Manager
Central 1
T 236.668.3431
E pstrand@central1.com 

Jeff Hoffart
Business Development Manager
Do Some Good
T 250.869.2199
E jeff@DoSomeGood.ca

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