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MSUFCU's Desk Drawer Fund Celebrates First Anniversary and More Than $170,800 in Donations

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Published: May 12, 2020

MSUFCU Desk Drawer Fund Celebrates First Anniversary and More Than $170,800 in Donations

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MSUFCU's Desk Drawer Fund Celebrates First Anniversary and More Than $170,800 in Donations



EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union's (MSUFCU's) philanthropic foundation, Desk Drawer Fund, marked its first anniversary, with $114,124 donated to 43 organizations in 2019 and $56,700 to 10 organizations so far this year. This totals $170,824 donated to 53 organizations since the foundation’s inception a year ago.


“We recognize that local organizations need our help now more than ever. Because of this, we are redirecting funds to several organizations on the front lines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” said Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU’s Chief Community Development Officer/Executive Director of the Desk Drawer Fund. “We recognize that now, possibly more than ever, it’s important that we contribute to a universal wellbeing and invest in our local communities.”


The Desk Drawer Fund, founded in April 2019, provides support for numerous initiatives across five pillars to support organizations within the communities the Credit Union serves: Arts & Culture; Stable Housing; Empowering Youth; Financial Education, and Fostering Entrepreneurialism. The foundation’s goal is to fund as many local organizations as possible to support the maximum number of community members.


To contribute to the Desk Drawer Fund and learn more about its impact, visit deskdrawerfund.org. By empowering members, employees, businesses, and residents to invest in their local communities, the Desk Drawer Fund will continue to improve communities and make a positive difference.


MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for six consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 19 branches, nearly 300,000 members, more than $4.8 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.