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Credit unions do more than just banking. We’re teaching youth about financial literacy. We’re choosing to volunteer in our communities. And we support causes unique to the neighbourhoods around our branches. 


Being an active part of the community it’s important that we ask ourselves the question: what does it mean to be a good neighbour? Well, we think it’s about celebrating the things that make our communities great and to give back to our neighbours.


At First Calgary Financial we’re Making Money Make a Difference. 


?Did You Know

In 2018:

  • Over $370,000 donated
  • 400 Calgary-based organizations supported
  • 1,300 Calgarians impacted

Our Pillars


Investing in our community is an investment in ourselves. Why? Because we’re your neighbours, our kids go to the same school, we sit alongside you on the bleachers. We share a community - let’s build on the things that make it great.

Our contributions come in all shapes and sizes and for all kinds of needs. We’re committed to celebrating our communities so if you think you have eligible cause, then we’d love to hear from you.

Check out our programs below:


Act Local Grants

Our branch-giving program empowers employees to make decisions to best support neighbourhoods near our branches.

Our employees take pride in building partnerships with local charities, not-for-profits, and public organizations to meet each community’s unique needs. Applications are presented to our nearest branch for consideration.


Stepping Stones Grants

Stepping Stones help people bring small acts of community to life.

These small grants (ranging from $100 – $600) encourage active citizenship by providing residents with funds to implement creative projects that benefit their local community.

This program is offered in partnership with the Calgary Foundation.


So, how many times have you used trigonometry since you left school? Wondering if a lesson on RSPs & TFSAs might have been a bit more applicable? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back.

The best time to start planning for your financial future is today. So we’re here to partner with you to help show you how to establish great financial habits that will keep paying off.

Check out our programs below:


YMCA Achievement Program

Empowering Youth with Money Skills

Through a partnership with YMCA Calgary after school program, we are helping 400 newcomer youth learn about about money skills and career opportunities.

By ensuring a healthy integration through intentional programming, these youth build a sense of belonging, identity, confidence and developing leadership skills that will ensure their success beyond high school.


Learn and Earn Scholarship Program

Matched Savings and Financial Mentorship for Calgary’s Youth

This matched savings program helps youth learn how to save, plan for their future career, and get enrolled in post-secondary education or trades programs. Our branch teams each select one scholarship recipient annually, then provide mentorship throughout the school year and matched savings of up to $1,000. Priority is placed on students who are motivated, but may face financial barriers to achieving their career or education goals. Applications accepted until June 1, 2019.


Each One Teach One

Financial Literacy workshops

Each One, Teach One is an innovative program that trains employees to deliver basic financial skills workshops in community settings. Delivered in plain language — and in classrooms, church basements, neighbourhood houses and community centres — the approach of Each One, Teach One is to meet individuals where they are, when they seek training.


Community Grants

Each year, we provide up to $10,000 donations to charitable organizations affecting measurable change for Southern Albertans to gain skills, knowledge and confidence in their financial capability. Applications are reviewed annually in August.

community Programs

Since 2018, 23 youth in need have received mentorship and matched savings through our Learn & Earn Scholarship program
Since 2006, over $210,000 into over 400 citizen-led community-building projects, through the Stepping Stones grant program.

we’re proud members of:

  • REAP Calgary Business Association
  • Vibrant Communities Calgary
  • Alberta Community Cooperative Association
  • Imagine Canada
  • LBG Canada
  • Calgary’s Financial Empowerment Collaborative

we’re proud supporters of:

  • CUPS
  • Hull Services
  • Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta
  • Junior Achievement Southern Alberta
  • Calgary Homeless Foundation
  • YWCA Calgary
  • Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
  • Sonshine Community Services