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Desert Financial Gives $725,000 to Arizona Education in 2022

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Desert Financial Credit Union and Desert Financial Foundation have given more than $725,000 to various Arizona educational programs and scholarships since the beginning of 2022.

The credit union provided more than $457,000 to teacher appreciation events and grants, which includes serving as the title sponsor of the 2023 Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards hosted by Arizona Education Foundation. The annual event, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 15, celebrates the highest honor bestowed upon public school teachers in Arizona. This was the third year in a row Desert Financial served as title sponsor.

Desert Financial Gives $725,000 to Arizona Education in 2022 signals az

Separately, Desert Financial Foundation has given nearly $270,000 in student scholarships this year. These scholarship programs support graduating high school seniors who give back in their community, adult learners pursuing their educational goals, and student-athletes who have overcome adversity.

“One truism embedded in our culture is: strong communities are built upon good education,” said Desert Financial CEO Jeff Meshey. “Our continued support and involvement with Arizona education is a major source of pride for our organization. Whether it’s a grassroots teacher appreciation event or sponsoring the Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards, celebrating Arizona’s educators means the world to us.”

Desert Financial was founded by Arizona teachers in 1939 and is dedicated to supporting education in Arizona. Each year, Desert Financial supports schools, teachers and students through grants, in-kind donations, corporate giving and volunteering.

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About Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating more than 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s most trusted local credit union with over $8 billion in assets, 400,000+ members and 48 branches. Membership eligibility is open across most of Arizona with contactless solutions via eBranch, making it easy to click, call or come in. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial takes pride in sharing success. In 2021, members received $15 million in dividends via the Member Giveback Bonus, and Desert Financial gave more than $3.8 million in donations, scholarships and Random Acts of Kindness to our members, community and team. Learn more at

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