GECU Foundation

Helping Communities Thrive

The GECU Foundation1 is dedicated to helping people who live in the communities we serve thrive and live a successful life. We strive to uphold the credit union’s people helping people philosophy through its collaborative engagement with community organizations to further assist charitable causes that improve people’s lives in communities we serve throughout Texas and New Mexico.

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GECU Foundation

How we help with community philanthropy

  • People helping people: The GECU Foundation was established in 2007 and is committed to contributing to the growth and welfare of the communities we serve through fundraising, volunteerism and philanthropic giving.
  • Focused on philanthropy: We’re here to support organizations that help people in our communities succeed.
  • Supporting the mission: We contribute to GECU’s overall mission of elevating the communities we serve by supporting charitable causes that focus on developmental issues that affect our communities.
  • Charitable contributions: We grant financial assistance to organizations that support core developmental issues that affect our communities. Learn about how we grant financial assistance to organizations.
  • Join the movement: You can make a direct impact in assisting education, volunteer opportunities and charitable giving in the communities we serve. Donate now!
Learn More About Our Credit Union Foundation
  • What is the history of the GECU Foundation?
    The GECU Foundation was established in 2007 to help the communities we serve by funding grants/scholarships and supporting charitable causes and sponsored events. Since its inception, our foundation has funded scholarships to UTEP, Texas Tech and El Paso Community College students. We funded community foundations focused on supporting our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and the immigrant crisis. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports the credit union movement by assisting charitable causes focused on 11 developmental issues: education, savings mobilization, representation, hunger, health, housing, transportation, employment and income generation, access to credit, appropriate technology, and environment. 
  • What is the purpose of the GECU Foundation?
    The purpose of the GECU Foundation is to support GECU’s mission and goals and the credit union movement by supporting charitable causes that focus on developmental issues that affect our communities.
  • How can I donate to the GECU Foundation?
  • Who does the GECU Foundation benefit?
    Our credit union charitable foundation benefits organizations that focus on core developmental issues, including education, savings mobilization, representation, hunger, health, housing, transportation, employment and income generation, access to credit, appropriate technology, and environment.
  • How can I submit a contribution request to the GECU Foundation?
  • What are the qualifications/guidelines to receive a grant?
    Organizations that wish to submit a request must be an established nonprofit or an accredited higher education institution and be able to present the impact of donations received.
  • What is the process for your giving requests?
    Contribution requests are evaluated on a quarterly basis and presented to the GECU Foundation Board of Directors for approval. Submit a request for a contribution to your organization
  • Who is on the GECU Foundation Board of Directors?
    We are very grateful to have five passionate community members as part of our board that serve as volunteers. Crystal Long, Grace Vaughn, Tomás Sigala Jr., Elvira Valles and Brad Taylor.
  • Can I get a tax deduction from my donation to the GECU Foundation?
    If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you may be entitled to claim your donation to the GECU Foundation as a charitable deduction. Please consult your tax adviser.
  • How do I find volunteer opportunities for GECU Foundation events?
1The GECU Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity established to maximize philanthropic efforts benefitting education, community programs and charitable giving. If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you may be entitled to claim your donation to the GECU Foundation as a charitable deduction. Please consult your tax adviser.
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