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Community Relations

Washington Federal believes that the relationships we have with our local communities are as important as those we share with our customers, stockholders and employees. We believe we have an obligation to operate in a responsible, sustainable manner which supports the health and vibrancy of the communities we serve. It is with this goal that the Washington Federal Foundation was founded.

The Washington Federal Foundation's purpose is to facilitate direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving the needs of low and moderate-income individuals.  We direct our contributions to these areas:

Housing & Community Development:

As a financial institution dedicated to financing and promoting home ownership, Washington Federal supports programs and causes that help provide affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals. We also directly finance projects designed to build stronger communities that provide affordable housing, access to quality healthcare, and a vibrant environment for job growth. These causes align with our mission as a responsible bank and help us meet our goals under the Community Reinvestment Act.

Senior Citizens & Low-Income Families:

The Washington Federal Foundation provides support for social and human service agencies that serve the needs of low-income seniors and families who reside in our communities.

Financial Literacy:

Washington Federal supports efforts to expand financial literacy among youth and adults by partnering with financial literacy organizations such as Everfi as well as supporting our own Save at School program. 

Washington Federal's Save at School program helps middle and elementary school students learn the habit of thrift by making modest but regular deposits during our on-site "Bank Days," held once or twice each month.  We also match each initial $5 opening deposit to a Save at School account dollar-for-dollar.  Email ask@wafd.com to inquire about launching a school savings program in your area.

Employee Involvement:

Washington Federal also considers small grants to charitable organizations supported by our employees who serve as volunteers or board members.

Some Exclusions:

While we gladly consider all requests, the Foundation giving focus does not include contributions to individuals, government agencies, the arts, research into disease prevention, secondary education, or contributions to sports teams, programs or events.

 Your interest in the Washington Federal Foundation is greatly appreciated. To apply, please review the Grant application. Turnaround time for decisions on grant proposals may range from 30 to 90 days. For more information about our community involvement, please contact us at 541-880-5228 and ask for Community Relations.


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