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At Academic Federal Credit Union, we are committed to serving higher education institutions. We are proud to support all our member institutions and their dedication to educating tomorrow’s leaders.
We want to help all our members succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. We promote economic health and well-being through our financial education programs, cash donations, event sponsorships, long-term partnerships, and through the efforts of our enthusiastic and committed staff.

Want to have your next event or fundraiser sponsored by the Credit Union? We'd love to be involved! Please click the button below to send an email to Kristen Alexander, our Marketing and Community Outreach Manager, with the details. Don't forget to also "like us" on Facebook to stay updated on all our community giveback programs.





Another year, and more schools to visit! We've been back to Iona College, Mercy College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, College of New Rochelle, Manhattan School of Music, and St. Thomas Aquinas so far this year! 

Visiting with the Saint Thomas Aquinas Business Club, Spring 2015

Manhattan College's Annual Employee Gift Campaign - Matching Contribution Sponsor

The Credit Union is a proud supporter of Manhattan College. We recently sponsored a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution for the college's Annual Employee Gift Campaign, matching the first $3,000 of contributions. Our support helped boost participation, and the college raised almost $10,000 total!

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Academic co-sponsors Sarah Lawrence College's Science Student Research Collaboration

The Science Student Research Collaboration is a partnership between Sarah Lawrence College and the Yonkers Public Schools.  Each summer a group of about 10 Yonkers high school students is selected by their teachers to participate in a weeklong intensive research experience at Sarah Lawrence.  Topics covered include ecology, computer science and robotics, molecular biology, physical and organic chemistry, and physics.  The experience is unique in that the students not only get to do hands-on research in the laboratory, but also learn how to frame their own research questions and devise experiments to examine them.  They are learning not only sophisticated laboratory skills but the “art of science.”  They work alongside and are mentored by Sarah Lawrence undergraduates, and receive individualized instruction from full Sarah Lawrence faculty.  It is an eye-opening experience for a group of very talented and ambitious high school students who will be the researchers of tomorrow.

“Sarah Lawrence College is enormously pleased to be able to offer Yonkers public high school students the opportunity to do college-level research in fields such as molecular biology, physical chemistry, and computer science, alongside Sarah Lawrence undergraduates who help to mentor them.  For many of these budding scientists, the weeklong experience is enough to give them the boost they need to pursue college studies and careers in STEM fields.  We are also grateful to the Academic Federal Credit Union for making it possible to designate a Project SEED student who will spend the full summer working in our chemistry laboratory.”

- Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean of Sarah Lawrence College



St. Thomas Aquinas College Business Club: 

The Credit Union partnered with the St. Thomas Aquinas College Business Club to offer students a free seminar in financial literacy. An estimated 75 students attended the presentation which was given by our CEO, Ina C. Fitch, and covered the following topics; What questions you should ask before opening a checking account, what to do with your first pay check, how to budget to move into your first apartment, and how to begin paying down your student loan debt.


In addition, the Credit Union sponsored the Club's trip to San Diego in April to attend and compete in the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education’s (IACBE) Annual Conference. The all-star team, which won first place in a Business Plan Competition held at Rockland Community College eariler in the year, continued their dominance taking second place honors at the IACBE Annual Conference, improving greatly from their 5th place finish the year before.



Matching Contribution of Pace University's Annual Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign:


The Credit Union participates in Pace University's Annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. The Credit Union matches employeee contributions up to $5,000 which helps provide funding for student scholarship programs and financial aid. This partnership has helped to increase employee engagement in the program by doubling the investment of the contributors. 

2013 Events:



The Credit Union Sponsors New York Law School's Graduation Party

The Academic Federal Credit Union presented New York Law School with a check for $5,000 on June 18th. The donation contributed to the school’s Class of 2013 Graduation Party and Class of 2012 One Year Reunion Party that was held on April 24th. The Credit Union also provided a financial literacy presentation to the graduating students before the Oktoberfest themed party.

The $5,000 donation was given by Ina C. Fitch, CEO of the Academic FCU, to Anthony W. Crowell, Dean of NYLS, at the college’s main campus located at 185 W. Broadway. The partnership will continue to grow in the future as both parties are working on creating a dynamic relationship consisting of event sponsorship and financial education workshops.

Academic Donates $3,500 to Pratt Institute's Athletic Department

The Academic Federal Credit Union presented Pratt Institute’s Athletic Department with a check for $3,500 as part of their 2013 sponsorship package. The donation will contribute to the department’s continued efforts to build up the school’s athletic programs and reputation. 

The $3,500 donation was given by Ben Miller, Marketing and Community Outreach Associate for Academic FCU, to Dave Adebanjo, Director of Athletics and Recreational Facilities for Pratt, at the college’s gymnasium located at 200 Willoughby Avenue. The partnership will provide Pratt with more than just funding for their Athletic Department; it will also bring free financial education workshops to the Pratt Community administered by the Credit Union.

“Pratt Athletics and Recreation is very pleased to have the Academic Federal Credit  Union as a corporate sponsor," said Dave Adebanjo. "The funding will make significant contributions to our facilities, which will directly benefit our student athletes and their individual and team performance on the track, field and court." 


Academic Donates $10,000 to Mercy College


Dobbs Ferry, NY – On May 15th, The Academic Federal Credit Union presented Mercy College with a check for $10,000 as part of their 2013 sponsorship package which will contribute to a handful of Mercy events and funds throughout the year.  

The $10,000 donation was given by Ina C. Fitch, CEO of the Academic FCU, to Terrance Henry, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations for Mercy, and William Martinov, VP Head of Institutional Advancement for Mercy, at the signing of the finalized agreement.

The partnership will not only provide funding for the college’s Annual Fund and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation for Mature Women Students, it will also bring free financial workshops to the Mercy community administered by the Academic FCU.  
“We are pleased that our partnership with AFCU will increase the Mercy College community’s opportunities for learning, personal growth and professional development.  Moreover, the Credit Union’s support enables us to continue to fulfill our mission of providing exceptional service to our students. We enthusiastically look forward to more rewarding engagements and collaboration with Academic Federal Credit Union” - Terrance Henry.
"Your support of Mercy College enables us to continue offering a dynamic college experience to all of our students. We are extremely proud of the caliber of our programs and the graduates that we produce and owe you our thanks." -William Martinov 
This is the first year the Academic FCU has partnered with Mercy on a package of sponsorships. The partnership has also collaborated on other events such as college’s Health & Wellness Expo and Founder’s Day.

Academic Sponsors The First Ever TEDxSLC At Sarah Lawrence College

Have you ever watched a TED Talk? The Credit Union is a huge fan of these "talks" and was more than happy to sponsor the first ever TED Talk at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Produced by SLC graduates Sean McIntyre & Robert Winslow, TEDxSLC showcased ideas and concepts from some of the brightest individuals in the SLC community. Faculty, graduates, and current students presented their 20-minute "TED Talk" in front of a live studio audience on April 24th, 2013. There were over 60 submissions for the program which narrowed down to 7 presentations through a selection process. (Click here to watch the videos) 

What is TED? TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become even broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED prize. For more information check out


Academic Donates $10,000 to St. Thomas Aquinas College 

Sparkill, NY – On April 5th, The Academic Federal Credit Union presented St. Thomas Aquinas College with a check for $10,000 as part of their 2013 sponsorship package which will contribute to a myriad of STAC events throughout the year.
The $10,000 donation was given by Ina C. Fitch, CEO of the Academic FCU, to Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, President of STAC, prior to the first Academic FCU sponsored event of the year; the President’s Council Speed Networking Breakfast. Other sponsorships in 2013 include the Alumni Golf Outing, Planning For Life After STAC, Best Practices In Development Day, and a dollar-for-dollar matching of the Annual Fund, to name a few.
This is the second year the Academic FCU has partnered with STAC on a package of sponsorships. The partnership has also collaborated to offer a low-interest Alumni Rewards Credit Card for all Alumni of the college.

President's Council Speed Networking Breakfast (St. Thomas Aquinas College)

The Credit Union sponsored the event which gave a select group of STAC students the opportunity to discuss their future careers, and network, with business leaders from the President's Council.  


Financial Education Day at Westchester Community College

Provided by the Westchester Financial Education Alliance, the event featured Kiran Chetry (former CNN Morning Show Anchor) as the Keynote Speaker, a personal finance presentation by Ina C. Fitch (CEO, Academic Federal Credit Union), 27 workshops on a wide range of financial planning topics (with two in Spanish) and private one-on-one consultations with financial planning professionals. 


Mercy College Night At The Races

The event, which took place on March 7, 2013 at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, helped raise money for the school's various scholarship programs.



2013 De La Salle Annual Fundraiser (Manhattan College)

January 23, 2013 - Academic FCU attended the 2013 De La Salle Annual Fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The dinner honored the De La Salle medal to Television personality Julie Chen, host of CBS’ The Talk and Big Brother.Julie Chen

The De La Salle Medal Dinner honors people and corporations that embody the principles of excellence, leadership and service to society. Past honorees include Giuliani; Anne Mulcahy, chairman, Xerox Corporation; Sy Sternberg, chairman and chief executive officer, New York Life Insurance Company; Eugene McGrath ’63, former chairman and chief executive officer, Con Edison; Bill Klesse, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Valero Energy Corporation; and Frederic V. Salerno ’65, chairman, GGCP and retired vice chairman and CFO, Verizon.

As Manhattan College’s top fundraising event, proceeds from the De La Salle Medal Dinner are applied to a variety of needs on campus including student scholarships and financial aid.  


Pace Law School's 18th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

The Credit Union attended the 18th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 31,2013. Awards were presented to John C. Lettera, Esq. ’99, partner with the LMA Law Group in Purchase, NY, and Anthony G. Piscionere, Esq. ’80, partner with Piscionere & Newmarow, P.C. in Rye, NY.

2012 EVENTS:

  •  Congratulations to our prize winners from Pace's Flu Shot Fair, the Manhattan College member sign-ups, and the College of New Rochelle's benefits fair!



  •   Financial Education Day at Pace University: On Saturday, November 17th, Pace University will host a financial education day that will provide free information to families in Westchester on planning for their financial needs. There will be keynote speakers, workshops, and seminars featuring Kiran Chetry, former host of American Morning on CNN, Willie Geist, co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, and Ina C. Fitch, CEO of the Academic Federal Credit Union. For more information click here.  
  •  Iona College: The Credit Union is proud to sponsor the following Iona College Alumni Networking Events: 
  1. Italian Event: Thursday, October 25th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. 
  2. Hagan School of Business Networking Event: April 18th (Tentative) from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Burke Lounge in Spellman Hall. 
  3. Science Networking Event: April 19th (Tentative) - Time & Location to be determined. 
  4. Mass Comm. Networking Event Open House: Thursday, April 25th from 6:30pm-9:00pm at the Mass Comm. Department in the Murphy Center.
  • Pace University Flu Shot Fairs: Academic FCU has teamed up with Pace University this fall to promote physical & financial health. Representatives from the Credit Union were available at all flu shot fairs to answer questions regarding membership and to sign-up new members.
  • The College of Mount Saint Vincent Flu Shot Fair: Academic FCU has teamed up with the College of Mount Saint Vincent to promote physical & financial health on campus. Academic FCU donated up to $1,000 of flu shots for faculty & staff that are not covered by the college's insurance plan. The flu shot fair was held at the college on Thursday, November 1st, from 10:00am-1:30pm. 

  •  St. Thomas Aquinas College: The Credit Union continued it's involvement with the STAC Alumni organization on Saturday, November 3rd for a day of food & football at the West Point vs Air Force football game.   

  •  St. Thomas Aquinas College: The Credit Union had a truly wonderful night at the Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Tribute Dinner on October 12th.


  •  Mercy College's Annual Golf Outing: The Credit Union had a great day enjoying 18 holes of golf at the prestigious Ardsley Country Club with the Mercy College community.


  •  September 6th, 2012: Academic FCU co-sponsored the Pace Law School program, "The OJ Simpson Trial". It was the second part of the four program series entitled, "Trials & Error: Behind the Headlines of America's Most Controversial Cases." Click here to read more.
  • Academic FCU sponsored St. Thomas Aquinas College's, "Best Practices in Development Day for Higher Education Institutions" on July 18th. Development professionals from several educational institutions in NY spent the day sharing their ideas, their successes, and their failures.
  • 2012 President's Society Reception at Pace University: A special gathering of Pace University's most committed contributors and an opportunity to meet the new provost, Uday Sukhatme, ScD. Academic FCU presented their $5,000 check for the challenge grant that encouraged participation in the University's Staff/Faculty Annual Fund Campaign.  


  • Academic FCU co-sponsored the Pace Law School Series, "Trials & Error: Behind the Headlines of America's Most Controversial Cases". The highly anticipated opening program, "Exhibit A: The Casey Anthony Trial" which was held on May 31st at the Schimmel Theater in NYC, sparked interest from Pace law School students in New York all the way to Orlando Florida. Click here to read more. 


  • St. Thomas Aquinas Alumnae/I Golf Outing (June 4th): The Credit Union had a ball spending the day with the STAC Alumnae/I volunteering and co-sponsoring their annual golf outing which raises money for the college's scholarship fund. A rainy morning turned into a beautiful day full of golf, laughter, excellent food a large silent auction.


  • The Credit Union sponsored a challenge grant of $5,000 to encourage participation in the Pace University Faculty/Staff Annual Fund Campaign. We are committing a dollar for dollar matching program to a maximum of $5,000. 
  • Academic FCU co-sponsored Manhattan College's 2012 Jasper Open. The event raised money for the school's Athletic programs and student scholarships.   
  • Our CEO, Ina C. Fitch, was the keynote speaker on Financial Literacy for the Pace Law graduates on April 11th and for Pace University seniors on April 12th. 
  • Controller, April S. Burka, and CEO, Ina C. Fitch, attended the Parsons 2012 Fashion Benefit at the New School which raised funds for scholarship programs.


  • Academic FCU has been holding monthly presentations/meetings at Sarah Lawrence College to assist new members in signing up & answering their financial questions. 
  • The Credit Union participated in St. Thomas Aquinas College's Hall of Fame Dinner, Benefits Fair and Honoree Luncheon.