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Refer a Friend program nonprofit donations

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As part of our Refer-a-Friend program, we are donating funds to some of our nonprofit partners. We're keeping track of how much each organization will receive, thanks to the new members joining us.

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Updated 12/1/2020

Mary's Place

Mary’s Place (Seattle, WA) - Providing safe, inclusive shelter and services for women, children and families currently without homes.

Across seven emergency family shelters in King County, Mary’s Place keeps struggling families together, inside, and safe when they have no place else to go, providing resources, housing and employment services, community, and hope. Each day, Housing Specialists work with families to address barriers and empower parents to build family stability, secure housing, and prepare for employment.

Refer a Friend - Marys Place

Free Geek

Refer a Friend - Free Geeks

Free Geek (Portland, OR) – Working to close the digital divide, and sustainably reuse technology to promote digital access for all.

The technology that’s donated to Free Geek is tested, refurbished, and used in their community programs. This technology is made available at a low cost in The Free Geek Store, given to volunteers in exchange for community service, granted to community nonprofits, or provided to students through their Plug into Portland program.

Interested in donating technology? Click here to see which donations Free Geek is accepting at this time.

Refer a Friend - Valley Verde

Valley Verde (San Jose, CA) – Promoting food security by creating micro-entrepreneurship opportunities, educational programs and gardening tools for low income communities.

The community of South Bay Area in the San Francisco area includes a large population of “working underprivileged,” 92% are immigrants of Latino and Asian origin. This group often lives in food desert communities, which lack access to fresh, organic vegetables.

Their urban agriculture model includes:

  • Organic Gardening Classes and resources for setting home-based organic vegetable gardens
  • Super Jardineros (Super Gardeners) program, that trains families to grow seedlings in backyard greenhouses, creating their own micro-enterprise and generating disposable income.
  • The Finca - Urban Farm gathers the community around food, gardening and composting. It's here, in our own greenhouse where the multiethnic seedlings are grown for the families attending our programs as well as open sale.
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Refer a Friend - Feeding America

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Feeding America (Nationwide) – Providing hunger-relief and promoting good nutrition for families facing food insecurity.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provide food and services to people each year.

*Offer valid for new members and accounts opened at Must be at least 18 years old to participate in the offer. Available on personal accounts only. First Tech employees are ineligible. All accounts must remain open, and in good standing, as defined in the Limitation and Termination of Services section in the Membership and Account Agreement, on day of payout. First Tech will deposit the rewards into the Membership Savings Accounts of both parties within 30 days of the referred member meeting requirements. Referring members: (1) Will receive one $100 reward per qualified, new member up to an annual referral bonus total of $1,000. (2) Must be members for at least 30 days before being eligible to refer new members and receive rewards. Referred members: (1) To qualify for the $100 reward, must establish membership and open a checking account. Account opening subject to approval. (2) Within 30 days of checking account opening, must deposit at least $250 in new funds into their First Tech checking account and maintain an average daily balance of at least $250 for 30 days from initial deposit. New funds must be deposited from a source outside First Tech. Transfers between First Tech accounts will not qualify.(3)Limited to one $100 reward and not available in combination with other new member offers. Charity Donation: First Tech will donate $100 per referred membership to a local charity based on the referring member’s address on file. Selected charities are Mary’s Place (Washington), Free Geek (Oregon), Valley Verde (California), and Feeding America (All other states). Maximum combined donation up to $100,000 for referred memberships opened through 12.31.2020. Donations will be paid at the end of each quarter and all tax receipting will go to First Tech Federal Credit Union. See for donation updates.

For referring members, reward amounts may be reported on IRS form 1099-MISC. For referred members, the reward is considered interest and may be reported on IRS form 1099-INT. Rates effective as of 8.1.20. Qualifying Checking Accounts: Carefree Checking 0.00% APY (Annual Percentage Yield); First Checking Plus 0.05% APY; Dividend Rewards Checking (DRC) 1.25% Qualified APY on the first $10,000 and 0.10% APY on remaining balance; DRC Non-Qualified 0.05% APY on all balances. Opening a Membership Savings Account with a deposit of $5.00 is required prior to opening any other type of accounts. Membership Savings has a 0.05% APY. Rates subject to change at any time. Terms and conditions may apply.