Making a Difference Since 2005

As the charitable arm of Northwest Federal Credit Union, the NWFCU Foundation is a community leader dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of children through its programs. The NWFCU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, promotes and manages Northwest Federal Credit Union’s charitable activities and programs which reflect the interest of our membership and the local community -- extending beyond the service and savings of the credit union to focus on scholarships, mentoring and youth outreach programs. 

We also participate in and contribute to numerous charitable programs, including: 

  • Coordinating food, toy, clothing and school supply drives to assist local families in need by collecting items and raising funds to support those drives.
  • Volunteering thousands of hours of time mentoring elementary school students.
  • Delivering thousands of meals through the Meals on Wheels program.
  • Giving back to several local communities on #givingtuesday.



  • Incorporated to promote and manage NWFCU’s philanthropic activities 
  • Formed Partnership with Dranesville Elementary School, Herndon, VA


  • Became a proud sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
  • Began awarding scholarships through the Ben DeFelice Scholarship Program, awarding $554,000 in scholarships to date.
  • Donated first disaster relief grant to the National Credit Union Foundation Disaster Relief Fund in response to Hurricane Katrina


  • Received 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service


  • Began administering the Central Intelligence Retirees Association Scholarship Program (CIRA), awarding $93,000 in scholarships to date 


  • Became a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) designated charity
  • Formed partnership with Louise Archer Elementary School, Vienna, VA
  • Formed partnership with Rachel Carson Middle School, Herndon, VA 


  • Formed partnership with Herndon High School, Herndon, VA
  • Held the first Night of Magic Ball for critically ill children


  • Donations to Children’s Miracle Network total more than $150,000


  • Donated over $10,000 in disaster relief to Doctors Without Borders USA/Mèdecins Sans Frontiéres in response to Typhoon Haiyan


  • Celebrated 10 years of community service and outreach


  • Formed a Need Base Scholarship Program


  • Established Higher Education Community College Award 

  • Held 6 Community Outreach Drives to help the community and those in need