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The Desert Financial Credit Union donated a total of $3.8 million to community organizations, while credit union team members donated a record 12,141 hours in 2021.
Community support is a major pillar for Desert Financial. The credit union has expanded that support over the past five years, nearly doubling its annual giving to the community since 2017.
“After a tumultuous 2020, we wanted to continue helping our community rebuild,” said Jeff Meshey, CEO of Desert Financial. “The $3.8 million in overall donations were split among 80 nonprofit organizations committed to supporting Arizona’s most vulnerable residents, hundreds of teachers and students across the state, loyal members of Desert Financial and deserving individuals living in our community through our Random Acts of Kindness program. .”
In 2021, Desert Financial:
- Received $1.4 million in community and corporate donations
- Donation of $137,500 in community grants
- Performed 8,300 random acts of kindness in which $440,950 was donated to community members
- Raised $360,000 from employees through the organization’s workplace giving campaign
- Awarded over 70 scholarships totaling $195,500
- Raised and donated $60,000 to provide 400 laptops to students in need
- Provided 10 teachers with a total of $51,610 in school supplies through its annual Adopt-A-Teacher program
- Hosted 83 teacher appreciation events and distributed over $114,000 in school supplies
Additionally, to support community members who have struggled to rebuild after job or income losses, Desert Financial has conducted financial wellness programs and education workshops. Nearly 2,700 people attended (virtually) one of 60 financial wellness workshops in 2021.
About the Desert Financial Foundation
Founded in 2017, the Desert Financial Foundation helps nonprofits provide community service and supports education through scholarship and financial literacy programs. The Foundation also works to create innovative programs for Desert Financial Credit Union team members and increase their reach and impact in the community.
To learn more about how the Desert Financial Foundation gives back, visit www.desertfinancial.com/foundation
About Desert Financial Credit Union
Celebrating over 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s most trusted local credit union with over $8 billion in assets, over 380,000 members and 47 branches. Membership eligibility is open in most of Arizona with contactless solutions through eBranch, making it easy to click, call, or enter. As a non-profit cooperative, Desert Financial is proud to share success. In 2021, members received $15 million in dividends through the Member Giveback Bonus, and Desert Financial gave over $3.8 million in donations, scholarships, and random acts of kindness to our members, community, and our team. Learn more about www.desertfinancial.com.
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