Donations and Sponsorships

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Our donation and sponsorship programs are on hold while we reach out to not-for-profit organizations to understand how we can best support those with the most urgent need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have a community need that you feel we should be aware of please email community@firstcu.ca and a member of our team will be in touch.

Donations

As a financial cooperative we believe that we have a role to play in contributing to the social fabric of the communities we sever. That’s why we are proud to provide financial support to our members who are community-based, non-profit, volunteer, public service and charitable organizations.

When reviewing donation requests preference is given to applicants who’s work is aligned with our areas of focus: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Environmental Sustainability; and Local Economic Development

Prior to submitting your request for a donation, please review the below criteria and ensure that you are eligible. Ineligible applicants may not receive a response. We accept applications at any time during the year and will do our best to respond to your request within 3 weeks. If the timing of your request is specific or rushed please state this clearly in your application.

To make a donation request fill out our online donation application. Should you have any questions reach out at community@firstcu.ca.

Donation Criteria Expand/Collapse

  • Applicants must be members in good standing for the period of one year or more
  • Applicants must be community-based/volunteer run groups OR registered non-profit or charitable societies
  • Preference is given to applicants who’s work is aligned with our areas of focus: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Environmental Sustainability; and Local Economic Development

Ineligible Donation Requests Expand/Collapse

  • Requests where only one or a few individuals benefit
  • Requests for donations specifically for travel
  • Requests where the primary purpose of the donation is to promote a religious or political view
  • Requests where the expectation of the donation is reoccurring or for operational cost
  • Requests where the funds are requested payable to an individual (i.e., a payment cannot be made to an individual only to a community or business account)

Sponsorships

We value the work our members are doing in the community and we are open to opportunities to support, maximize or build on that impact. As such we accept and review requests for sponsorships on an ongoing basis. Preference is given to our members and to proposals supporting events or organizations who’s work is aligned with our areas of focus; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Environmental Sustainability; and Local Economic Development.

To propose a sponsorship opportunity please fill out our online sponsorship application. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss the proposal before submitting (this is recommended) please reach our at community@firstcu.ca.

Ineligible Sponsorship Requests Expand/Collapse

  • Requests where only one or a few individuals benefit
  • Requests for donations specifically for travel
  • Requests where the primary purpose of the donation is to promote a religious or political view
  • Requests where the expectation of the donation is reoccurring or for operational costs
  • Requests where the funds are requested payable to an individual (i.e., a payment cannot be made to an individual only to a community or business account)
 

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