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We're passionate about giving back to our local communitiesRobert DeGan
I help kids achieve their dreams through baseball and soccer.Monica Tran
I'm helping to end hunger in my community.Teresa Mentink
I make blankets for kids when sometimes that's all they have.
How We Give Back
We direct our dollars and time to organizations that support the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators. Our partners provide programs and services for children and families, ensuring that children have the tools they need to learn, be healthy and succeed. We encourage you to review our Community Engagement Report to learn more about how we made a lasting impact in 2017.
We focus on helping underserved communities build the capabilities to think creatively, problem-solve and innovate—to succeed today and lead tomorrow. We target our support for education in these three areas:
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
- Early Childhood Literacy
- Financial Education
We support our future leaders by keeping them healthy and leveraging technology, research and innovation to fuel breakthroughs in medical treatments and cures. We target our support for research in these two areas:
- Credit Unions for Kids
- Supportive Health Services
We support innovative solutions to our communities’ most pressing needs—removing access barriers and ensuring children and families have the food, shelter and safety they need to learn, grow and thrive. We target our support for innovation in these three areas:
First Tech Gives
In 2017, we provided more than $3.1 million in charitable support for our communities—providing access to STEM education to underserved communities, fueling medical research and innovations in care and underwriting new programs to address the most urgent needs of children and families.
$1,379,150Donations to child health organizations
$404,225Giving for basic human needs support
$39,444Total donations by employees
$57,250College scholarships awarded to First Tech members pursuing higher education
$26,476Total match through our employee giving program (up to $250 per employee)
31,216Employee volunteer hours, including 16 paid hours per employee
$1,188,424Investment in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), literacy and financial education
First Tech Community Grants and Sponsorships
We provide charitable grants focused on programmatic and capacity building support, as well as nonprofit sponsorships, to organizations within our Oregon, Washington and Northern California footprint. These grants and sponsorships support programs focused on Education, Research, and Innovation.
You can request First Tech’s grant or sponsorship support for 501(c)3 charitable organizations through our online application. Prior to submitting a request, we encourage partners to reach out to First Tech’s Community Engagement team to discuss your proposal, including projected community impact, programmatic goals and proposed budget.
The following applications will be open in 2018:
EDUCATION: STEM, Early Childhood Literacy and Financial Education
- Application Open February 1 - February 28
RESEARCH: Children's Hospitals and Supportive Services
- Application Open April 15 - May 15
INNOVATION: Food, Shelter and Safety
- Application Open August 1 - August 31
Thank you to all of our members that applied for the 2018 scholarship program! This year's application period has closed, and we will announce the recipients here in July. All 2018 scholarship applicants have been notified of the results of this year's program. Please check back in July for a full list of scholarship recipients.
Since 2008, we’ve supported our members in achieving their dreams of higher education through our college scholarships program. Each year, we’re proud to award ten outstanding members with $5,000 scholarships: five to students with a STEM-focused major and five to students with other areas of study.