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Community Impact Report


Helping communities rebound, rebuild and reinvent

Despite the challenges of the past two years, our community stepped up to support and serve others. Arizona’s commitment to give, volunteer, rebuild and reinvent inspires us to grow our efforts and expand our reach. Our resilient community has never been stronger.

Sharing Success

Part of our mission as a credit union is to share success with our members, community and team. In 2021, we gave back $3.8 million to our community.

"I love how Desert Financial puts such an emphasis on giving back to the community! We have so many opportunities to volunteer here and it has been an incredible way to contribute to the community throughout my work week!"

- Avalon, Desert Financial Team Member


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$1.4 million

Provided through corporate and community giving

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Raised for the 1 Darn Cool School at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

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Awarded in Random Acts of Kindness


Through partnerships, and our own programs, we're proud to support and invest in our community.

  • icon$137,500 in community grants awarded
  • icon8,308 Random Acts of Kindness performed and $440,950 awarded
  • icon$1.4 million provided and 80 organizations helped through corporate and community giving


By supporting our community through volunteer service and monetary giving, our team demonstrated one of our core values throughout the year.

  • icon12,141 hours volunteered by our team, a $327,090 value to our partners
  • icon$360,000 raised through our Workplace Giving Campaign
  • icon80 nonprofits were supported by our employee volunteers


As a credit union founded by teachers in 1939, we’re proud to continue our support for education through grants, scholarships, donations, fundraising, corporate giving and volunteering.

  • icon$195,500 in scholarships to 70+ local students
  • icon10 Arizona teachers adopted for the year, providing $51,610 to help with classroom supplies
  • icon83 Teacher Appreciation events hosted, providing $114,600 to support Arizona schools


One of the ways we give back to our community is through financial wellness programming and education. As many in our community are struggling to rebuild after job or income losses, we’re proud to provide information and tools to help.

  • icon575,000+ views of financial wellness content on DesertFinancial.com
  • icon2,700 people attended/watched an educational Desert Financial webinar/workshop
  • icon400+ people participated in the Desert Financial Challenge, an interactive financial education program

To learn more, review our full 2021 Community Impact Report.

Our Nonprofit Partners

If you are a nonprofit partner in need of support, please review our Community Giving Guidelines and FAQs.

Desert Financial Foundation

Desert Financial Foundation helps organizations throughout the Valley and strives to strengthen financial capability through education, scholarships and financial wellness programs. Click here to learn more or donate.