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75th Anniversary Community Grant Recipients

September 15, 2023


Since August 6, 1948, ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) has been a trusted financial cooperative for its members and the East Tennessee community. To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we recently offered members the opportunity to nominate worthy non-profit organizations to receive a grant up to $75,000. 

When ORNL FCU’s 75th anniversary community grant initiative was announced in late July, 17 grants totaling $350,000 were to be awarded: one (1) $75,000 award, two (2) $50,000 awards, four (4) $25,000 awards, and ten (10) $7,500 awards. The response to the two week campaign was overwhelming; members submitted over 1,100 nominations, representing over 540 organizations. After careful consideration and review of each nomination, ORNL FCU approved an additional $75,000 grant to be awarded, for a total of 18 award recipients and $425,000 in grant funding.

The following organizations were selected to receive an ORNL FCU 75th anniversary grant:

$75,000.00 East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

$75,000.00 Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

$50,000.00 Dreams of Oak Ridge Students (DOORS)

$50,000.00 Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge 

$25,000.00 Appalachian Arts Craft Center

$25,000.00 East Tennessee Historical Society

$25,000.00 Knox County Schools Teacher Supply Depot

$25,000.00 Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association

$7,500.00 ABA Next Steps

$7,500.00 Centro Hispano of Knoxville 

$7,500.00 Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge 

$7,500.00 Fig Tree

$7,500.00 Happy Paws Kitten Rescue

$7,500.00 Koinonia Foundation

$7,500.00 Oak Ridge Rowing Association

$7,500.00 Random Acts of Flowers

$7,500.00 TORCH—Tennessee Out-Reach Center for Homeless

$7,500.00 Village Quilters


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75th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Since 1948, the mission of ORNL Federal Credit Union has been to help its members create healthy relationships with their money. By helping hundreds of thousands of members see success, ORNL FCU has become one of the largest credit unions in Tennessee and in the country.

This book tells the Credit Union’s story: from humble beginnings of ten founding members and $50 in 1948 exclusively for the employees of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to becoming a $3-plus billion organization with over 190,000 members.


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