Proposal Guidelines

Investing in Our Community

The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Affinity Federal Credit Union and our members. Together, we leverage our contributions to make impactful investments in local, grassroots charitable organizations, with a special focus on improving the financial lives of our members, friends and neighbors in the communities we serve. Along with our volunteer efforts, together we are working to “Create Something Better.”

Consistent with our mission of improving the financial lives of our members and the communities we serve, our funding is focused on the following areas:

  • Homelessness and homelessness prevention;
  • Hunger and food insecurity;
  • Self-sufficiency and economic independence.

In addition, through our Community Support program, which includes our Jeans Day fundraising efforts, the Foundation supports organizations and causes that are of particular interest to our employees.

The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation funds not-for-profit organizations as defined by section 501(c)3 of the IRS Tax code. The following is a list of eligibility requirements organizations should meet in order to be considered for a grant from the Foundation:

  • Organization must be tax exempt under 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Supporting documentation in the form of the IRS determination letter (IRS Letter 1045), IRS Form W-9, and your EIN number are required.
  • Organization must be based within the communities we serve, with money staying in those communities without being processed by a national organization.
  • Organization must be in operation for five years or more.
  • Organization must be in good financial standing.
  • Organization is non-discriminatory for any reason, including race, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation and/or national origin.
  • Administrative expenditures may not exceed 30% of total budget.

Preference is given to local charities that are not affiliated with national or global organizations.

Exceptions from these criteria may be made in situations of large-scale crises, such as national disasters.

The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation does not provide financial support to the following:

  • Programs, projects or events that benefit specific individuals.
  • Religious organizations unless the program is a secular community outreach program benefiting the community at large (e.g. homeless shelter, food bank).
  • Political organizations, campaigns or candidates.
  • Parent/Teacher Associations and Organizations.
  • Fraternal Organizations.
  • Fundraising events.

To be considered for a grant from the Foundation, applicants should submit a brief (no more than three pages) description of the project for which you are seeking funding, a copy of your IRS determination letter, and organizational budget to Erin Witherspoon at Letters of Inquiry are not required and will not be considered.  Requests for support will be considered quarterly. Deadlines for submission are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.