Together We Can Build
Strong Communities

“What is impossible for the individual can be achieved by many.”

―Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen,
pioneer of rural credit unions

The credit union movement’s early beginnings came from visionaries like Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen who saw a need and found an innovative way to meet it. Wanting to see his own community prosper after years of famine, he founded the first rural credit union in 1862, believing that the best way to fight poverty was to help people help themselves. At SchoolsFirst FCU, we are grateful for pioneers like Raiffeisen and fully embrace the philosophy of “people helping people” by not only meeting the financial needs of our Members – but by actively giving back to the communities where we live and serve. Together with our Members, we give our time and financial resources to causes that help keep our communities strong and thriving.

In 2017, the Credit Union gave
$2.86 Million
in charitable donations to the credit union community, local schools and organizations.
members and teammembers raised
for the Children’s Miracle Network, and its affiliated hospitals, to save and improve the lives of children.
Teammembers donated enough blood to save
222 lives

We Support Innovative Educational Programs

Our Credit Union champions the educational community by giving our time and financial resources.

The Education Foundation for Orange County Schools raised more than
to provide grants for teachers.

The Education Foundation for Orange County Schools is a partnership between SchoolsFirst FCU and the Orange County Department of Education. Since 2003, the foundation has raised funds for teacher grants to develop inspirational educational materials and programs that motivate students to excel.

We reached more than
students through our Partners in Education Program, which provides financial education presentations and workshops in the classroom.
We participate as a major sponsor of the Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year programs in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is a privilege to honor these extraordinary school employees and their many contributions to their students, schools and communities.
We provide financial support to the PBS television program BizKids, designed to teach preteens about money.
We believe in educational advancement and support initiatives like the Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon of Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, the Education Foundation for Orange County Schools and a classroom supplies drive. Each year our teammembers serve as volunteer judges, proctors and awards presenters at school programs that encourage academic achievements for tomorrow’s leaders.
When it comes to learning about real-life finances, we offer students a Bite of Reality
We are committed to helping students become financially savvy and learn how to budget and manage their money. We held 14 “Bite of Reality” events and more than

Scholarships Help Our Future Leaders

We gave more than
in Member Education Awards, a college scholarship program that awards students for their academic and community achievements.
We gave more than
in Worthy Student Award scholarships to high school and college students recognized by their schools.

Giving Back to the Credit Union Movement

“The credit union movement... it is a great movement, worthy of great deeds, deserving of great loyalty.”

―Edward A. Filene,
father of the U.S. credit union movement

We are committed to helping the credit union movement grow stronger, believing all Americans should have access to affordable financial solutions and guidance. We show our support through advocacy and by serving as a voice for our Members with representatives in California and Washington D.C.

We also provide financial support to the National Credit Union Foundation, the credit union movement’s primary funding method for programs that benefit all credit unions and their Members, as well as to the Shapiro Group, which helps smaller credit unions with their advocacy efforts and operational efficiencies.

In addition, we provide financial support for these organizations:

  • The Credit Union House, a permanent meeting place in Washington D.C. for credit union visitors.
  • The Richard Miles Johnson Foundation, which supports financial education initiatives of California credit unions.
  • America’s Credit Union Museum.
  • The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.
  • The World Council of Credit Unions.
  • CUAid, a national online giving center to help credit union Members and employees during natural disasters.
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