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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 its 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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Mission

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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Vision

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

Desk Drawer Fund Leadership

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Rebecca Surian

Executive Director

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Jackie Gordon

Controller

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Samantha Willett

Fund Manager

Board of Directors

Ernest Betts

Ernest Betts

Chairperson

Appointed by

Founding Member

Term through April 2024

Elliot Daniels

Elliot Daniels

Vice Chairperson

Community Director

Term through April 2024

Angela Brown

Angela Brown

Secretary

Appointed By

Founding Member

Term through April 2025

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Diane Landry

Treasurer

Community Director
Term through April 2026

Elizabeth Lawrence

Elizabeth Lawrence

Director
Appointed by
Founding Member
Term through April 2023

Daniel Spadafore

Daniel Spadafore

Director
Appointed by

Founding Member
Term through April 2026

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Erin
Carter

Director

Appointed by
Founding Member
Term through April 2025

We are committed to providing clear, timely information on our finances and grantmaking efforts. Our annual reports outline the Desk Drawer Fund's annual spending, broken down by division, and individual program strategies within each division.

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