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75th Anniversary Celebration

Serving our community since August 6, 1948.

For 75 years, serving members of ORNL FCU has been an honor. We are equally honored to invest in the communities where our members and employees live, work, worship, and attend school. To commemorate our diamond anniversary, ORNL FCU wants to give back in a big way—by awarding grants totaling $350,000 to deserving organizations in the East Tennessee community.

Grants to Be Awarded.


ORNL FCU members and employees are passionate about supporting the East Tennessee community and it’s important to us that we understand their interests and their community’s needs. That’s why we’re seeking help from our members and employees in selecting the organizations that will receive a grant!

Various grant amounts will be awarded:
  • 1 organization will receive a $75,000 award
  • 2 organizations will each receive a $50,000 award
  • 4 organizations will each receive a $25,000 award
  • 10 organizations will each receive a $7,500 award

Nominate an Organization.

We are inviting members and employees to nominate organizations and share with us why the organization should be awarded a grant from ORNL FCU:

  1. What is the mission of the organization?
  2. Why are you passionate about the organization?
  3. If you are involved in the organization, tell us why and what you do.
  4. How is the organization helping our community thrive?
  5. How will the community benefit should your organization be selected for a grant from ORNL FCU?


JULY 31, 2023 AND AUGUST 15, 2023.

We can’t support every non-profit organization in our 19 county charter; from the nominations received, we will select and award organizations that represent diverse interests and areas across our charter area. Organizations selected to receive a grant will be identified by early September and an award ceremony will be held.


  • Must be a member or an employee of ORNL FCU.
  • Must adhere to ORNL FCU’s 75th Anniversary Community Giveback Requirements & Criteria.*
  • Must authorize ORNL FCU to use their likeness should their organization be selected.


  • Nominations will be reviewed as they are received.
  • Winners will be announced early September. 
  • Winning organizations and nominating members or employees will be contacted about the date(s) of the award ceremony and check presentation.

*ORNL FCU’s 75th Anniversary Community Giveback Requirements & Criteria.

For a sponsorship or a charitable donation request to be considered:
  • The requesting organization must be a non-profit, local, charitable, or economic organization and have 501(c)(3) status under the IRS Code (tax-exempt).
  • The requesting organization must have its membership and operation within ORNL FCU’s community charter area.
  • The request must provide a benefit to the community or Credit Union membership base.
Requests that do not fall into the above will not be considered. These include:
  • For-profit organizations that are not tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Individuals (including both in-kind and monetary donations).
  • Church or religious organizations (unless funds are to be used for specific community betterment, i.e. parks, community food banks, etc.).
  • Political/partisan endorsements.
  • Membership, civic, religious, labor, or fraternal organizations.
  • For-profit third-party fundraising groups (including schools that outsource donation requests).
  • National, regional, or other groups that use any portion of the contribution outside the Credit Union’s service area.
  • Funds requested for travel expenses for any individual or group for an event held outside the Credit Union’s 19 county charter area.
  • Organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religious belief.


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