Altura Makes It Easier To Donate to Dep. MacKay Memorial Fund

Posted on February 15, 2013


(Riverside, Calif.) Feb. 20, 2013 – Credit Union today announced the creation of a fund to assist the family of San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Jeremiah MacKay, who was killed Feb. 12 in a shootout with Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer accused of killing four people.

Originally, Altura asked that non-members make contributions in person at one of its branch locations. Those donations are still welcome. However, now Altura is making it possible for people to contribute by phone, if they have an active checking account with any financial institution. People who want to donate to the fund for Dep. MacKay can call Altura’s Member Service Center at 1-888-883-7228, provide their checking account number, the routing number of their bank or credit union, and the amount they wish to donate. All monies will be donated directly to the fund, and Altura will not charge any fee for this phone transaction.

The Memorial Fund has been created to assist Dep. MacKay’s wife Lynette, and their two children, a 7-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son. Lynette MacKay is a former Altura employee who worked at Altura many years.

“We are deeply saddened by this event and our sincere condolences are with the MacKay family. Because of Lynette’s time with Altura, we feel a special connection to this family and want to help them through this terrible tragedy. This fund is one small way to accomplish that,” said Jennifer Binkley, Altura chief operating officer.

Altura seeded the fund with a $5,000 donation, and is accepting donations from Altura employees, Members and anyone in the community. Originally, Donations can be made in person at any Altura branch location. For a list of Altura’s nine branches, visit Altura’s website, Altura Members may also donate by calling Member Services at 1-888-883-7228.

“The men and women working in law enforcement put themselves on the line to protect our communities every day. This unfortunate incident highlights the need to say ‘thank you’ and to recognize the sacrifices these men and women, and their families, make to keep us all safe,” Binkley added.

Altura is very proud of its 56 years of service to Members in the Inland Empire. Today Altura is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in Riverside and San Diego counties, as well as selected cities in Orange and San Bernardino counties. Altura Credit Union,, has been recognized with the California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE), the state’s equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Today, Altura Credit Union serves nearly 94,000 members and has $655.3 million in total assets. For more information on Altura, visit our website,, or call 1-888-883-7228.