Youth and education
Providing and supporting educational programs in the community. We place a special emphasis on youth development and direct classroom impact.
Supporting programs that help the community better understand how to earn, manage, invest and donate money.
Giving to charitable causes focused on meeting basic human needs. We place special emphasis on ensuring members, their families and the community at large have safe, healthy and sustainable housing and food.
Have a donation or sponsorship request?
We use the following guiding principles for our community giving, to be eligible for funding your organization must be focused on at least one of our strategic priorities:
- We support youth – we give highest priority to funding requests that create opportunities for youth. Specifically, we want to advance educational access and success.
- We believe in giving back to those in need - whether that’s through improving graduation rates or contributing to programs that alleviate food insecurities, we are committed to supporting underserved communities and helping those who need it most.
- We care deeply about financial wellness – as a financial cooperative, we know how vital it is to improve financial literacy and promote financial inclusion for all. We want to invest in organizations that provide financial education to youth, adults and vulnerable populations.
- We give where our members live - we seek to serve and actively contribute to the communities where our members and employees live and work. Explore our membership criteria here.
Giving guidelines and eligibility
Requests must be from local 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or schools in the communities we serve and must have a proven record of effective work.
While we strive to support as many causes in our communities as possible, we’re unable to fulfill every request.
You are required to upload your organization's W-9 to be considered for funding.
All requests should be made at least 90 days prior to the event or given deadline. Responses can be expected within 60 business days from the time the request was submitted.
Thank you for taking the time to present our team with this giving opportunity!
We are thankful for all the nonprofits in our region and wish you the best of luck with your cause.
OCCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, status as a veteran, national origin or any other protected class.
I have read and understand OCCU’s giving guidelines and I would like to proceed with my donation request.