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The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

Arizona Financial Credit Union opens grant applications to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit efforts

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Arizona Financial Credit Union remains committed to hyperlocal outreach support
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Arizona Financial Credit Union recently opened grant applications to their Local Causes Visa debit card program to benefit hyper-local nonprofits.

Since its launch in August 2020, the program has provided over $150,000 to more than 60 unique nonprofits, and with Arizona Financials’ statewide expansion, organizations across Arizona are invited to apply, according to a press release.

In this grant cycle, the credit union will be awarding $40,000 in total gifts to deserving nonprofits, the release states.

“The growth of this program and the number of nonprofits we have been able to support far surpassed our expectations when creating Local Causes,” said Amy Hysell, president and CEO of Arizona Financial. “We have learned so much about the nonprofits that make up the fabric of the communities we serve, all doing great work to serve specific needs. For that we applaud them and are proud to be a small part of their greater purpose.”

Unique to this program, nonprofit recipients must have an operating budget under $2M and meet criteria set forth by Arizona Financial with a focus on education, equality/social inclusion, community services, children, and youth, and/or sustainability, Arizona Financial representatives report.

“In the heart of the pandemic Arizona Financial gave us the financial support that enabled us to adapt our systems to a virtual environment, provide digital resources to over 500 students and keep kids across the valley connected to their teachers as the world shifted to online learning,” said Lloyd Hopkins, executive director/ founder of the Million Dollar Teacher project, a previous grant recipient. “This absolutely would not have been possible without the collaboration and partnership of the AZFCU team which has directed contributed to our mission growing in many ways!”

The Local Causes Visa® debit card giveback program is one option of several programs Arizona Financial members can participate in when choosing their debit card. The credit union also facilitates similar initiatives with Arizona Humane Society and the 100 Club of Arizona.

Applications are now open through June 30, with grant awards presented later this summer.

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