Charities

Philanthropy is a Responsibility and a Privilege

Our Charitable Mission

GTE Financial approaches philanthropy as a responsibility to the community - a privilege that we wholeheartedly view as a fundamental purpose and reason for existing. As a not-for-profit financial institution, we focus on giving back instead of obsessing over profit. In fact, GTE donated $610,000 to local charities in 2018!

We believe in “people helping people”. Our charitable mission is to benefit the community through our passionate support of local philanthropies, organizations, charities and initiatives that further the reach and impact of Financial Literacy and Home-ownership, with a special interest in helping to build personal prosperity. 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Our employees truly are the heart and soul of our organization. Throughout the year, they rally around our Monthly Charities and provide support through fundraisers, personal contributions, and volunteeting.

In 2018, employees of GTE provided over 4,400 volunteer hours to local charities and community organizations!

Become a Philanthopist too...Join GTE!

GTE Financial offers all of the products and services that you would expect at a large bank, but since we are a not-for-profit, we have better rates and fewer fees that our for-profit counterparts. Every time you use a GTE product, whether it be one of our credit cards, loans, or checking accounts, you're helping enrich the lives of those in the Tampa Bay community.

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Small Change can Make a BIG Difference

For those that want to give back even more, GTE's Future Change allows you to round up your transactions to the nearest dollar to benefit local charities. Click the Future Change button below to learn more!

GTE and we...going beyond money!

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Charity is a Year-Round Commitment

Together, GTE employees and members support local Tampa Bay charities and organizations throughout the entire year! Here's how:

Corporate Charitable Efforts: Our Executive Team and Leadership Team all volunteer on boards and committees, providing long-term support for some of Tampa Bay's most impactful charitable organizations: Boys & Girls Club, Tighten the Drag Foundation, American Heart Association, YMCA and Southeastern Guide Dogs, just to name a few.

Monthly Charities: Every year, the credit union selects 1 charity per month to rally behind based on employee suggestions. Staff can donate every Wednesday to wear jeans and support the effort!

Holiday Charities: During the holidays GTE support’s member families in need through its Make Hope Real program.

GTE Cares Program: Through this unique chartered program GTE provides extra funds for employee volunteers and team programs.

GTE Foundation: Entirely established as a charitable trust, GTE raises funds to support local philanthropic endeavors, most notably, hosting the GTE Scholarship Scramble, raising money for member student scholarships.

Community Involvement: GTE is very active when it comes to giving back. Whether it’s volunteering, contributing money to charitable organizations, or even just thanking our members in the form of fun events, GTE understands that it’s important to be involved if you want to make a difference.

GTE Cares Program

The credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” is what GTE Financial employees live by.

We consider it a responsibility and a privilege to give back to the communities we live in and serve. GTE employees have taken great pride in contributing time and money to meaningful charities and causes within the Tampa Bay area. With the GTE Cares program, individual efforts have even greater impact.

Our Cares Program consists of:

  • Matching employees’ donations to qualifying organizations
  • Recognizing top annual volunteers with donations to their charity of choice
  • The GTE Cares team actively participates in charity and fundraising events across the Bay

2019 Monthly Charities

GTE Financial Raised Over $610K for local charities in 2018! 

GTE employees work, play and live in the communities we serve, so it's only natural that we give back. And our members really rallied behind us, too. Thank you for all your contributions and support of the causes important to each of us.

Last year, during the 2018 holidays we raised over $8,000 to help 4 GTE member families in need:

In December, the selected families received a special holiday shopping trip as well as a holiday dinner afterwards. GTE employee volunteers donated their time to deliver cheer to member families they personally nominated that were in need this holiday season. 

And we made quite an impact throughout the rest of 2018:

Just to name a few, we have raised $25,000 for American Heart Association, over $22,000 for Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, $15,778 for the Tighten the Drag Foundation, and over $13,000 for Trinity Cafe.

These are the organizations we will be supporting in 2019: 

  • January: Southeastern Guide Dogs 
  • February: Junior Achievement
  • March: Tighten the Drag Foundation 
  • April: YMCA
  • May: Life Link
  • June: Shriner's Children's Hospital
  • July: Boys & Girls Club
  • August: United Way Suncoast
  • September: A Brighter Community
  • October: American Heart Association
  • November: American Cancer Society
  • December: Trinity Cafe | Feeding Tampa Bay 

To make a monetary contribution to one or all of these wonderful organizations, click 'Donate' below.

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*Please indicate the name of the charity in the "Note" section once on our PayPal page. If you prefer to donate cash or by check, you can do so at any GTE Community Financial Center location.

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Student Scholarship Golf Scramble

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Thank you for making our 8th Annual Scholarship Scramble Golf Tournament held Monday, March 2nd at
Feather Sound Country Club a success!

Below is the information for the 2020 scholarship Scramble.

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The Tournament

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Student Scholarships

That's why we award $2,500 scholarships to a number of GTE student-members every year - to support education and reward young adults who are dedicated to academic pursuits and community involvement.

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*Please note that this scholarship is for undergraduate degree-seeking students only. High school seniors pursuing an undergraduate degree and current undergraduate students at both colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

2019 Scholarship Flyer

How GTE has helped students:

"...Going to medical school is my dream, and being selected for this scholarship gets me one step closer to making my dream a reality."
-  Emily Hays, University of Florida

"...This scholarship ensures that I will not need to take out any student loans for the 2015 fall semester."
- Alexandra Cochrane, D'Youville College

"...helped pay for my tuition allowing me to pay for housing on campus..."
- Kennedy Bailey, University of South Florida

Meet our 2018 Winners

How Scholarships are Awarded

Scholarship selections are made by an independent committee consisting of diverse business and educational community leaders. Winners are chosen based on academic achievement, demonstration of leadership abilities, and their commitment to community service and activities. High school seniors and college undergraduates that exemplify these traits are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted every year from February through June, with winners announced in July.

Program Administration

To assure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by the GTE Foundation Scholarship Committee and a GTE Scholarship Team, respectively. Additionally, an external firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs helps to collect, organize, and store all applications.

Questions?

For additional information regarding the scholarship program, please visit our Student Scholarships FAQ page or email us at scholarships@gtefinancial.org.