A teenager learns the joy of writing which leads to better grades and admission to college. A 6- year-old visits Golden 1 Center for the first time and squeals in delight as Moana skates on to the ice. A former foster youth living on the streets finds a safe place to sleep and receive counseling services. These are just a few of the stories that drive Golden 1 Credit Union’s commitment to giving back to the communities we serve. Golden 1 was founded in 1933 in Sacramento as a not- for-profit financial cooperative. Throughout our history, the spirit of cooperation and our guiding philosophy of people helping people have been integral to the credit union industry and Golden 1’s success.
We pride ourselves on being part of the fabric of our communities. Whether we are helping kids open their first savings accounts or newly retired couples plan for their golden years, we ensure our members can live their best financial lives. We have grown exponentially since the early days. We now serve more than one million members at 72 branches throughout California. As we have grown, our commitment to our members has not wavered, but our approach to giving has evolved. We believe that philanthropy is a natural extension of our vision to enhance the financial well-being of Californians and their diverse communities. When our communities thrive, so do our members.
To realize our vision and make the biggest impact possible, our Corporate Giving Program is focused on three pillars; increasing educational opportunities, strengthening financial well-being, and making communities great. We offer a variety of opportunities for nonprofits who align with our pillars to partner with Golden 1. Qualified organizations can apply for one of our numerous grants. Charitable organizations can submit sponsorship and employee volunteer proposals, or apply to watch a game or show at our Golden 1 Center Community Suite. And anyone can take advantage of our Financial Wellness programs.
Since its inception in 2014, our Community Grants Program has funded 56 nonprofits in the Sacramento and Fresno regions, providing more than $2.6 million to support youth literacy and transition-age foster youth. Recipients have used funds for things such as mentoring programs, youth job development, and creative writing workshops. The application process opens in the first quarter of each year for programs operating from July to June.
We also contribute to our communities by sponsoring charitable events and fundraisers and facilitating employee volunteerism. We invite nonprofits to submit their sponsorship and employee volunteer proposals to [email protected]. Proposals should include proof of 501(c) (3) status.
One of the fun ways we give back is through our Community Suite Program. Nonprofits can apply to enjoy a VIP experience at Golden 1 Center, including suite tickets and refreshments. Learn more at our Community Suite web page.
Golden 1 offers an array of free financial education to our members and the public. Anyone can visit our Financial Wellness Portal to watch videos, listen to podcasts, register for webcasts, or complete a learning lab module. Our Financial Education team can also lead in-person workshops to organizations and schools serving ages 12 and up. Email [email protected] to learn more.
Golden 1 is grateful to the charitable organizations working to improve lives throughout California. We are committed to strengthening our partnerships with nonprofits. Together, we can make our vibrant communities even better.