Arizona Federal Credit Union announced today it has awarded $25,500 to 14 local nonprofits as part of its new Local Artist, Local Causes debit card giveback program. Nonprofits were selected based on their alignment with the local credit union’s five target criteria in education, equality/social inclusion, community services, children & youth and sustainability.
The local nonprofits, which are the first recipients of the credit union’s new giveback program, include: A Permanent Voice Foundation; Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels; Aunt Rita’s; Avondale Firefighters Charities; Dress for Success Phoenix; Free Arts AZ; Helen’s Hope Chest; ICAN; The Joy Bus; Kaity’s Way; Million Dollar Teacher Project; Positive Coaching Alliance; Waste Not; and Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life. The amounts awarded ranged from $1,500 to $3,000.
“It is an honor to support these deserving local organizations that are committed to making a difference to individuals, families and teachers in Arizona,” said Jason Paprocki, chief operating officer at Arizona Federal Credit Union. “We are so thankful to our member-owners who are utilizing this card daily and for entrusting us with the power to assist this inaugural group of recipients.”
Earlier this year the credit union announced the launch of its newest community-focused debit card, the Local Artist, Local Causes Visa® debit card. Every time a cardholder makes a purchase with the card, Arizona Federal makes a donation to its community fund that will be distributed on a bi-annual basis to help benefit nonprofits in Arizona. Local artist Jon Arvizu designed the card. Arvizu is the artist behind Hijinks Apparel, a popular local retailer that sells clothing, stickers and more.
Arizona Federal already has existing debit card partnerships with the 100 Club of Arizona and Arizona Humane Society. Through these programs, the credit union has donated more than $200,000 to those organizations since 2018.
Arizona Federal is a $2.2 billion not-for-profit, local cooperative providing financial services and expertise to more than 135,000 member/owners. Founded in 1936, the credit union empowers members to take hold of their financial future through the delivery of leading-edge self-service tools and mobile apps, competitive rates on loans and deposits, robust home loan solutions, identity protection services, and small business services and commercial loans. Arizona Federal has a history of local community involvement and is the sponsor of the LiveNation Theatre venue and exclusive credit union partner of the Phoenix Rising FC. The credit union has 14 locations across the Phoenix metropolitan area. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.