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About TCU: Foundation

The TCU Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1994, to support the credit union vision of being a positive force in the communities served by TCU.  As such, the TCU Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million dollars in educational grants, contributions and college scholarships throughout the markets served by TCU. The mission of the TCU Foundation is “To promote financial literacy & empowerment, 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 & Empowerment
  • Connecting People with Resources for Education, Employment and Character Building Advancement
  • Building Stronger Communities

Supported Causes

The Foundation focuses its giving efforts in the areas of financial literacy & empowerment, college scholarships, high impact educational programs, and member matching initiatives.

Financial Literacy/Empowerment Programs are the funding of financial education programs that cover specific financial principles that leads to good financial management and decision making by individuals. The TCU Foundation is the exclusive underwriter of the TCU Financial Empowerment Program (powered by FoolProof), available free of charge to all high schools, colleges, members and the communities in the State of Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Click here for more information on the TCU Financial Empowerment Program.

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 new member fee is allocated to the TCU Foundation. Contribution to the Foundation can be made at any TCU Service Center or by mailing your donation to the TCU Foundation at P.O. Box 1395, South Bend, IN  46624. Upon receipt of your gift, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment, which 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, print it and mail your grant request to the TCU Foundation at 110 S Main St, South Bend, IN 46601. Attachments and additional information are encouraged. The Board of Directors of the TCU Foundation meets quarterly to consider funding requests.

Current Matching Grant Participants

The TCU Foundation, in support of the Memorial Children’s Hospital, has awarded a multi-year matching grant of $41,000 annually for donations made by Beacon Health System associates who are members of TCU to “Shine": the Campaign for Memorial Children’s Hospital”. The new 100,000 square foot home for Memorial Children’s Hospital will allow for the care of an even broader range of injuries and illnesses.  The new facility will include pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatrics and pediatric intensive care services, a play room, and teen hideout, a center court and roof garden, family lounges, and a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Visit  Beacon Health Systems for details.



The TCU Foundation in support of Musical Arts Indiana, has awarded a matching grant of $2,000.00 for contributions made until July 30, 2017. 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



The TCU Foundation in support of South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) has awarded a $5,000.00 matching grant for contributions made during 2016 by TCU members to the South Bend Museum of Art. Annually, the Museum serves more than 30,000 individuals with the unique programming offered at the Museum. Since 1947, SBMA has provided cultural leadership and is amongst one of the finest museums in the country holding the distinction as an Accredited Museum from the American Association of Museums. www.southbendart.org

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

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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