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Our Story

Our story began in 1937, before our foundation was established, when eight MSU faculty members founded MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) out of a single desk drawer. The Credit Union was created to offer financial solutions for community members following the Great Depression. Giving back and helping others is at the core of who we are and what we do. In 2019, the Credit Union introduced the Desk Drawer Fund, a foundation built to support the places and people that make our communities vibrant and strong.


Our collective impact has grown through the efforts of the foundation and it’s donors as we focus on supporting five philanthropic pillars in the communities served by MSUFCU and OU Credit Union.


The founding idea, we can make a difference together, executed from a single desk drawer those many years ago, remains true today. We are excited to continue empowering those in our community to achieve their goals through the support of our Credit Union members, employees, and community partners.

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To empower members, employees, and other businesses to contribute to a universal well-being by investing in our local communities and helping them flourish.

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Provide trustworthy, ethical, and community-oriented opportunities for employees and members to perform charitable giving that makes a visible difference in our local communities.

Meet the Board of Directors

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Appointed by

Founding Member

Term through April 2025

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Appointed by

Founding Member

Term through April 2023

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Appointed by

Founding Member

Term through April 2024

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Vice Chairperson

Community Director

Term through April 2024

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Community Director

Term through April 2026

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Daniel Spadafore

Appointed by 

Founding Member

Term through April 2026

Annual Reports

We are committed to providing clear, timely information on our finances and grant-making efforts. Our annual reports outline the foundation’s annual spending, broken down by division and individual program strategies within each division.

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