The REAL Reasons Why Credit Unions Give Back

First, there’s the anticipation. Then comes the heart flutter. And finally, the magical endorphin rush! No, we’re not talking about your last Bumble date. These are all symptoms of something far more altruistic and enjoyable: Giving back.

Whatever your favorite cause, it just feels good to give. Like savoring a chocolate brownie and a glass of wine while enjoying a post-workout-high good. Here’s some proof that giving makes you happier.

Giving in Arizona:



160.9 million

hours of service

So, why do credit unions give so much back?

Because helping others is the right thing to do. We share our success with our members, our team and our community because we believe that the more successful you are, the more you should give back.

$2.3 million

in community support

Author Maya Angelou said, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Basically, if you’re doing well, use the money or time you have to do some good for others. As a credit union, the more support we get from our members and our community, the more we are able to give back.

Here are a few of the other reasons we put helping others at the top of our to-do list:

It Creates Awesome Communities

Giving back isn’t a straight line that starts with us and dead-ends at a local nonprofit. It’s a circle that keeps going round and round. We give back to community organizations like Free Arts of Arizona and Valley of the Sun United Way. They help children and adults throughout the Valley, who in turn create stronger communities. A stronger community means more fun events, attractions and new local restaurants that you can explore!

You Can Do it Anywhere, Anytime

One of the newest trends in giving back is immersive travel volunteering, also called voluntourism. A 2019 Travelocity survey found that a quarter of the people who responded planned to volunteer on an upcoming vacay. The chance to sightsee and change lives = doubly rewarding.

It Makes You (and Us) Healthier

7,870 hours

volunteered by our team members

Name one thing that boosts your self-esteem, combats depression, counteracts the negative effects of stress and instills a sense of purpose. Hint: It isn’t a magic pill.

Yes, it’s volunteering! According to the Mayo Clinic Health System, studies show that volunteers live longer, have lower rates of depression and say that they are healthier overall. We love having a healthy team, and we’re guessing you feel the same.

You Could Get a New Job

Don’t believe us? Research shows that if you’re out of work, you’ll improve your chances of finding a job by 27% if you volunteer in the community! Plus, you could potentially turn that volunteer gig into a new career if you’re open to working for a nonprofit.

While that might not benefit your credit union directly (unless you come work for Desert Financial), we still think it’s a pretty sweet little side-perk of helping out.

Even if you’re busy YOLOing with goat yoga classes and snowboarding vacays, you probably want to do something to make the world a better place. Credit unions do, too! Maybe your thing is socializing puppies at an animal shelter. Or participating in charity 5k walks. Or making meals for seniors.

However you want to help out, we’re right there with you. Giving back to the community benefits everyone, whether you’re donating money to a nonprofit, doing community service work, or partnering with your local credit union to share success.

The material presented here is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used as financial, investment, or legal advice.