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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. 

 

We are committed to helping our members beyond just their banking needs. We are a part of your communities, and we are all in this together.   

 

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, so does the way we must respond.

 

Beginning April 3, we will be introducing programs and supports for Albertans being affected by the current situation.

 

To see all available programs, please visit our Community Site.

 

Member Relief Program
 

?Did You Know

In 2019:

  • $856,000 invested into local communities
  • 5200 volunteer hours contributed by employees
  • Funded 304 community projects in 41 communities
  • Employees built financial wellness skills in 1,195 Albertans
  • $30,000 given in matched savings programs

Our Pillars

GRASSROOTS GRANTS

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:

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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.

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Act Local Grants

The Act Local branch giving program is designed to support grassroots projects and events making an impact in local neighbourhoods surrounding our branches.


These scholarships and donations that range from $100 - $4,000 help local organizations, societies, school, etc. kickstart community initiatives!


MONEY SKILLS

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:

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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.

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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.

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Learn & Earn Scholarship

Learn & Earn is a matched savings scholarship program designed for youth entering their last year of high school. The 10-month matched savings program helps youth learn how to save, plan for their future, and pay for their post-secondary education or trades programs. Students can earn $4 for every $1 saved, up to $110 a month or $2,200 total.


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