Sharing success with educators throughout Arizona!

Our credit union was founded in 1939 by a group of educators who believed in sharing success with our community. One way we continue to share success is by giving back to Arizona teachers! We’re recognizing their efforts by giving these leaders the opportunity to be a part of our Adopt-A-Teacher Program1 for 2022.

Now in its third year, our annual Adopt-A-Teacher program has given back more than $75,000 to Arizona teachers. We’re adopting 14 Arizona teachers this year — seven from February to June and another seven from July to November. Each selected teacher provides a wish list of classroom supplies and essentials valued up to $5,000 in total. We fulfill each of their wish lists as our way of showing appreciation for their efforts in the classroom and beyond.

Here’s what some of our 2021 adopted teachers had to say:

Angie D headshot

“This donation will help get my students digital resources for learning at home along with hands-on learning tools for in-person teaching. It means more than you can imagine knowing there are businesses like Desert Financial that are here to support teachers — not only in a time as challenging and impactful as now, but every year!”

Angie D. 4th-grade teacher at W. F. Killip Elementary School

Katie H.

“I am excited to provide project materials, which actually allows me to feel comfortable assigning creative projects which many of my students [could] otherwise not afford. I am also going to use funds to supplement the yearbook cameras, etc., which are few and far between. My third goal is to schedule and implement a field trip for students who seldom have any outside enrichment.”

Katie H. 10th-grade teacher at Barry Goldwater High School

Wendy W.

“For many years, my Special Education colleagues and I have had the dream of creating a sensory room for our large population of students with special needs, as well as for general education students who could benefit from these resources. With your generosity, we now plan to make our dream a reality!”

Wendy W. Special education teacher at Sweetwater School


Want to have your classroom wishes granted? Fill out the form below by January 26th for a chance to be one of our seven Spring 2022 Adopt-A-Teacher participants! We will be accepting submissions for our fall semester program later in the year.


Desert Financial’s legacy began in 1939 when 15 educators pulled together $78.75 to serve local teachers by starting a credit union. Founded as Desert Schools, the financial institution grew from its humble beginnings into Arizona’s largest credit union.

Nearly 80 years later, Desert Schools transitioned into Desert Financial. Our name may have changed, but our commitment to supporting local teachers and our community hasn’t. Today, we continue to give back and help make lives better while creating exceptional experiences — all in the spirit of sharing success.

1Selection of the recipient teacher is in the sole discretion of Desert Financial. Desert Financial will work with the teachers selected to provide supplies for use in the classroom. Recipients are responsible for determining and complying with any applicable tax obligations. See Official Rules for more details.

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