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About TCU: Foundation

The TCU Foundation

The TCU Foundation was established to support the Credit Union Vision of being a positive force in the communities served by TCU. The Mission of the TCU Foundation is “To promote financial literacy, education and other opportunities and causes supported by the membership, which directly benefit the communities in which TCU operates.”

We fulfill our Mission by:

  • Promoting the Credit Union Philosophy of “People Helping People”
  • Advancing Financial Literacy
  • Connecting People with Resources for Education, Employment, and Character Building Advancement
  • Building Stronger Communities


Giving from the Foundation focuses on the areas of Financial Literacy,  College Scholarships, High Impact Educational Programs, and Member Matching Initiatives: 


Financial Literacy Programs are the funding of financial education programs that provide knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.

College Scholarships are an award from the Foundation directly sent to an accredited college or university, or other scholarship granting /distribution organization for the benefit of selected student (s).  Students cannot apply directly to the TCU Foundation for a scholarship.

High Impact Educational Programs
funded by the TCU Foundation are educational programs or projects that have measured results, are sustainable and provide long-term impact for student or participant achievement.

Member Matching Initiatives
allow the TCU Foundation to support charities of special interest to our membership.  Initiatives are paid in the form of Matching Grant Campaigns.  This allows the Foundation to match contributions given by our members.  Initiatives may include: Education, the Arts, Health and Human Services and Economic Development.  Matching grants must be applied for by the not-for-profit organization seeking a match of member contributions to the organization.  Each specific initiative/match is approved with specific requirements and timelines.
See below a listing of current matching opportunities.



Currently, $2.00 of every TCU new member fee is allocated to the TCU Foundation. Contributions to the Foundation can be made at any TCU Service Center or emailing The TCU Foundation and mailing to the TCU Foundation at P.O. Box 1395, South Bend, IN 46624. Upon receipt of your gift, you will receive a letter of acknowledgement. This letter will serve as your receipt. We would like to recognize donors, but we respect the wishes of those who wish to remain anonymous. Please mark your contribution accordingly.

Grant Request

To request funding from the TCU Foundation, your request must be submitted in writing. Click here to complete the form and submit your grant request. Attachments and additional information are encouraged. The Board of Directors of the TCU Foundation meets quarterly to consider funding requests.

Current Matching Grant Participants


Musical Arts Indiana


The TCU Foundation in support of Musical Arts Indiana, has awarded a matching grant of $2,000.00 for contributions made until July 30, 2015. Members of Teachers Credit Union who make a contribution to Musical Arts Indiana, will have their contribution matched by the TCU Foundation. Musical Arts Indiana is a musical performing arts organization with four ensembles – Vesper Chorale, Children’s Choir of Michiana, Vesper Chamber Orchestra and Consortia. The ensembles have performed concerts both locally and nationally for more than 20 years. www.musicalartsindiana.org


South Bend Museum of Art

The TCU Foundation in support of South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) has awarded a $5,000 matching grant for contributions made during 2014 by TCU members to the South Bend Museum of Art. In 2013, more than 30,000 individuals were served by the unique programming offered by the SBMA. With more than 17,500 museums in the U.S., the SBMA is amongst one of the finest and holds the distinction of an Accredited Museum from the American Association of Museums. www.southbendart.org



South Bend Alumni Association

The TCU Foundation in support of the South Bend Alumni Association has awarded a multi-year matching grant of $5,000.00 annually for member contributions made to the South Bend Alumni Association. Contributions made to the South Bend Alumni Association support academic and co-curricular activities (not funded by tax dollars), in the South Bend Community School Corporation. www.southbendalumni.com


Hendricks Regional Health Foundation


The TCU Foundation has awarded a $3,000.00 matching grant to Hendricks Regional Health Foundation for the construction of a new play area for patients, families, visitors and employees of Hendricks Regional Health at its hospital in Danville, IN. The new play area is designed to provide both joy and healing to visitors. Members of Teachers Credit Union who make contributions to Hendricks Regional Health Foundation through December 31, 2015 designated to this project, will have their contribution matched by the TCU Foundation. Hendricks Regional Health serves the needs of families in Hendricks, Putnam, Western Marion, Boone and Morgan Counties. Hendricks Regional Health Foundation was established to support the needs of patients and programs at Hendricks Regional Health. Visit the Foundation's web site at www.SupportHendricks.org for more information.


Wellfield Botanic Gardens

The TCU Foundation in support of Wellfield Botanic Gardens has awarded a matching grant of $2,500.00 for contributions made until October 31, 2015 by Teachers Credit Union members to Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, IN. Established in 2005 for the benefit of the community to develop a greater appreciation for the natural world, the Gardens were visited by more than 18,000 guests in 2014. Wellfield Botanic Gardens provides educational programming for schools and hosts a number of events for community benefit. Residents can experience the beauty of nature through the many sculptures, flowers, plants, trees, ponds and walkways when they visit. For more information visit their web site at www.wellfieldgardens.org  

 Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
The TCU Foundation has awarded a $10,500.00 matching grant, payable over three years for contributions made to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana designated for the construction of the new Leadership and Learning Center at Camp Dellwood. Members of Teachers Credit Union who make a contribution to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for this project, will have their contributions matched by the TCU Foundation. The Leadership and Learning Center will provide a place for the more than 18,000 volunteers to seek development opportunities that will increase their knowledge and leadership skills, and in turn enhance Girl Scouts, and the future of Indiana businesses. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana currently serves 40,000 girls K-12 from a 45 county area in Central Indiana. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. www.girlscoutsindiana.org


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