Arizona Federal Launches Local Artist, Local Causes Debit Card to Benefit Local Community
By Brian O'Malley -
Wednesday Aug 12, 2020
Giving back to the community has never been easier as Arizona Federal Credit Union announced today the launch of its newest community-focused debit card, the Local Artist, Local Causes VisaÂ® debit card. Local artist Jon Arvizu created the design for the debit card, and every time a cardholder makes a purchase with the card, Arizona Federal will make a donation to a community fund that benefits deserving non-profits throughout the Valley.
Arizona Federal already has existing debit card partnerships with the 100 Club of Arizona and Arizona Humane Society. Through these programs, the credit union has donated nearly $200,000 to those organizations since 2018. The Local Artist, Local Causes card builds upon these successful give-back efforts and allows for smaller non-profits to receive funding for initiatives that support the betterment of the community.
â€œAs a community-minded credit union, we continue to look for new ways for our member-owners to give back with ease, and the Local Artist, Local Causes card is just that opportunity,â€ said Jason Paprocki, chief operating officer at Arizona Federal Credit Union. â€œWith proceeds going into a general fund, we will be able to support more local organizations and non-profits to further strengthen our Valley community.â€
Local artist Jon Arvizu, who is known for his eclectic Arizona-centric art and design, was commissioned by Arizona Federal to develop the artwork for the card.
â€œAs parents, we have found ways to support our childrenâ€™s schools with apparel weâ€™ve created. We try to shop local as much as possible and work closely with so many local artists and businesses that we see the benefit of a debit card program like this, â€œArvizu said. â€œLocal First Arizona has helped us so much in recent years and knowing they have a great partnership with Arizona Federal made the decision to design this card even easier. Weâ€™re excited to see how this will help our community.â€
As a hyperlocal credit union, Arizona Federal created the Local Artist, Local Causes card as another way for member-owners to feel connected to the local community and economy, something Local First Arizona has been promoting through its Move Your Money campaign.
â€œThis just shows yet another benefit of banking locally,â€ said Thomas Barr, executive director of Local First Arizona. â€œBy keeping your hard-earned money here in Arizona, you are allowing community banks and credit unions to recirculate a higher amount of dollars back into the local economy, while enabling organizations like Arizona Federal to give back through programs like the Local Artist, Local Causes card. Itâ€™s a win-win for our community, economy and our local organizations.â€
Arizona Federal is a $2.0 billion not-for-profit, local cooperative providing financial services and expertise to more than 135,000 member/owners. Founded in 1936, the credit union empowers members to take hold of their financial future through the delivery of leading-edge self-service tools and mobile apps, competitive rates on loans and deposits, robust home loan solutions, identity protection services, and small business services and commercial loans. Arizona Federal has a history of local community involvement and is the sponsor of the LiveNation Theatre venue and exclusive credit union partner of the Phoenix Rising FC. The credit union has 16 locations across the Phoenix metropolitan area. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information visit http://www.ArizonaFederal.org.