Desert Schools launches “Santa’s Bundle” program in honor of #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2

Arizona’s Largest Credit Union to Accept Nominations for $10,000 in Holiday Helper Gifts for Those in Need

PHOENIX, AZ (December 2, 2014) — Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This holiday season is all about #GivingTuesday. Today, Desert Schools honors the global day dedicated to giving back with the launch of its first #GivingTuesday initiative. Named “Santa’s Bundle,” the program will provide 10 individuals in-need with a gift of $1,000 this holiday season.

The initiative will feature a nomination process, inviting credit union members and non-members to write a three-paragraph email to Desert Schools, detailing why their friend, family member or co-worker needs – or simply deserves – a $1,000 Holiday Angels gift.

Those who wish to submit a nomination for consideration may email from Tuesday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 10. Nominations must include the name and contact information of the candidate, as well as the person providing the submission. Winners will be notified via phone on Monday, December 15.

“With Santa’s Bundle, our hope is to reach individuals and families that can truly benefit from the gift of $1,000 during a time that can be difficult for many, but simply overwhelming for others,” said Susan Frank, CEO of Desert Schools. “Our mission has always been to make a difference in the community we serve, but this holiday season, it is especially meaningful.”

This generous act of kindness caps off a banner 75th anniversary year for Desert Schools. The organization pledged to give back more than $1 million to the community in 2014 as part of its Shine On campaign, which will culminate in the presentation of a $30,000 grant to the competition’s winner on January 14, 2015.

For more information on the Santa’s Bundle program, as well as rules and entry guidelines, please visit Interviews are available; please contact Shelby Tuttle at ANDERSON Advertising for more information at (480) 330-9346 or

About Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Celebrating its 75th year in Arizona, Desert Schools is Arizona’s largest credit union with $3.3 billion in assets, more than 300,000 members and 50 locations across the state. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Schools prides itself on providing stellar service and innovative products to its customers, and remaining active in community outreach and education in the Valley and beyond. Learn more at

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