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California Credit Union Foundation

Empowering Our Communities to Thrive. 

California Credit Union Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation helping build a better future for our communities across Southern California through strategic charitable giving and community & educational partnerships. Serving as the philanthropic arm of California Credit Union, the Foundation leads its community outreach and support programs to make a lasting impact on the well-being of the communities it serves.

Our Mission

We work to strengthen the financial well-being of our communities by supporting non-profit partners effecting meaningful change across Southern California. Through grants, sponsorships, in-kind support, and active volunteer participation, we are focused on improving lives and empowering our communities to thrive for generations to come.

Pillars of Empowerment

California Credit Union Foundation provides grants and investment in four key pillars of long-term community empowerment.

Investing in Community & Our Youth

Supporting grassroots community organizations and empowering leaders of tomorrow through scholarships, literacy and investment in local organizations that support their health & well-being.

Supporting Educators & Schools

Providing resources to help teachers & schools thrive in our community, support students and recognize their commitment to learning.

Promoting Financial Literacy

Investing in education programs that build financial wellness for youth and adults in our communities for long-term financial empowerment.

Honoring Our Service Members

Giving strategic grants to programs that assist military service members, their families and veterans, recognizing the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.

Apply for a Grant

Interested in a grant from California Credit Union Foundation? Learn more about our grant guidelines and complete a grant request form below.


Support Our Mission

Join us in investing in the future of our communities with a tax-deductible donation. California Credit Union funds all administrative costs of the Foundation, enabling us to return 100% of donations back to the communities we serve.

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Foundation Leadership

California Credit Union Foundation is led by President Marvel Ford and guided by its Board of Directors comprised of California Credit Union volunteers and employees. Officers and Board members serve on a volunteer basis and are not paid for their commitment.

Foundation Officers
Marvel Ford, President
Patrick Zarifian, Vice President
Michael Farr, Secretary
Cary Davidson, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Marvel Ford
Walton Greene
Steve O’Connell
Jill Vasant
Patrick Zarifian

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]

California Credit Union Foundation, a California non-profit public benefit corporation, applied for tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) on October 11, 2023 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The application status is pending. The IRS typically issues the federal tax determination 9-12 months after filing the application. Once the determination letter is issued, all donations to the Foundation since its inception will be tax deductible to the donor to the fullest extent permitted by law. While the application is pending, the Foundation is permitted to begin solicitations. California Credit Union Foundation will inform donors once the federal tax determination letter is obtained.