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First Oklahoma FCU Gives Generously to Its Community
Monday, November 17, 2014 7:00 AM

The board of First Oklahoma FCU doesn't believe in sitting on the sidelines. When they changed their name from Tulsa Postal and Community FCU in 2012 and became a community-chartered credit union, the move sparked a deeper interest in becoming more involved with their community and local charities. That, in turn, prompted the need to look into the charities most needing support.

The board of Oklahoma FCU chose to donate $5,000 to the John 3:16 Mission, not only because the nonprofit needed it, but because the board believes the mission's purpose to "provide food, shelter, clothing, and restorative programs to those in need" aligns with the credit union philosophy of "people helping people." 

But First Oklahoma's involvement in the community doesn't start and stop at donating to a local mission. President and CEO Mark Colley worked with the foundation coordinator at Children's Miracle Network and held a golf tournament in 2012 where they raised over $16,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa.

The next year, they held a golf tournament where the proceeds benefitted the Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They were able to donate more than $8,000 to the organization. 

In May 2015, First Oklahoma plans to hold another golf tournament where the proceeds will benefit the local children's hospital once again. The tournament will take place at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Tulsa.

When asked why his credit union has become so involved in giving back these past few years, Colley said, "When it comes to our communities, we each have a certain amount of responsibility to get involved and make things better for all of us. Community involvement is not a spectator sport."

First Oklahoma has also donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross for tornado relief in Moore, Oklahoma, and 250 tickets to a Tulsa Driller baseball this past summer.