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Community Impact

As a credit union, we’re different than a bank - and we like it that way. Every day, our Chinook Financial team delivers outstanding financial service and experiences to more than 20,000 members across 12 communities. You’re our member, not a number. We’re your neighbours, and your partner.


When you choose to bank with us, you become a member and an owner of a community-oriented financial institution with deep roots, big ideas, and a commitment to doing what’s right.


Helping Communities Prosper

Here’s what a community-focused approach to banking looks like.


$289,000 in total community contributions in 2017 (includes funds leveraged from external stakeholders and in-kind support)


Over 130 community organizations supported


Impacting over 2,800 southern Albertans 



?Did You Know

Chinook Financial offers Act Local Grants to help build strong communities?


In 2017, more than $93,000 donations were made by our local branches to over 100 community organizations across southern Alberta through our Act Local program.

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Applications close June 1, 2018

The Learn & Earn Scholarship provides more than just money. Through our matched savings program, we help you establish and reach savings goals, we match those savings, and we provide money management tools for to use throughout life!


All students entering grade 12 in September 2018 are eligible - priority is placed on students who are motivated, have some form of employment, and face financial barriers to achieving their career or education goals.

  • Participants take part in this 11-month match savings program.
  • Chinook matches student savings 2:1, to a maximum of $1,100.       

Visit your local branch to apply! 

Download the brochure and application form



Affordable Housing

  • Work to build solutions to increase affordable, accessible and stable housing options for our citizens in need


  • Help citizens increase their financial knowledge, skills and confidence so they are able to better manage their money
  • Seek innovative ways to serve the ‘under banked’ by increasing access to mainstream financial service offerings


  • Create economic opportunity by providing access to training, resources or skills needed to become gainfully employed, self-employed, and financially sustainable
  • Support entrepreneurs to start or grow their own locally-based businesses


  • Help volunteers to build vibrant communities and foster civic pride
  • Help neighbours or local businesses stay connected and supportive of each other
See how we make our communities stronger. 

Partnerships That Deliver.

Proud 2018 Partner of:

4-H Alberta

Chinook Financial supports our local 4-H clubs by providing annual grants of up to $500 to support skill building or volunteer opportunities. Learn more about our partnership with 4H and how you can apply for funds. 


Rosebud Theatre

Since 2015, Chinook Financial has supported Rosebud Centre for the Arts Chinook Youth Theatre and Chinook Theatre for Young Audiences programs with $10,000/year, and Chinook Financial staff offer a budgeting and savings workshop for the Rosebud Centre of the Arts staff and students.

Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta - Economics for Success

Since 2014, 44 Chinook employees have reached over 1,300 students in 57 classes to teach career and money skills in many Junior Achievement programs across southern Alberta.


We’re proud members of:


We’re proud Supporters of:

Bassano FCSS

Town of Bassano

Bassano Community Enhancement Society

Newell Further Education Council

Brooks Minor Hockey Association

Brooks & District Women's Safe Shelter Society

Parent Councils of Holy Family Academy and Christ. the King Academy schools

Brooks Street Rod Association

Spec association for Children and Families

Brooks And District Health Foundation

Brooks Communities In Bloom Association

Newell Christian Counselling Society

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta Society

Carmangay Curling Club

Cam Carmangay

Elder Abuse Day Claresholm

Claresholm Casting

Soft Play Claresholm

Rocky Mountain Roping

Claresholm Trap Club

Kidsport Claresholm

West meadow School

Willow Creek Composite High School

Claresholm Skating Club

Claresholm Society for the Arts

Claresholm High School Rodeo

Claresholm Schools Fundraising Society

Cluny Lions Club

Drumheller Community Learning Society

Heart to Heart Society of Drumheller

1st Drumheller Scouts

Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce

Fort Macleod Co-ed Volleyball

Fort Macleod Triathlon

South Country Fair Association

Gleichen Fall Fair

Chinook Junior Stock Show

Ducks Unlimited Hanna

Hanna Spray Park Committee

Hanna and District Youth Club

Stage Hanna Association

Hanna and District Agricultural Society

Hanna Cruisers Car Club

Hanna and District Association for Life Long Learning

Hussar Ladies Silver and Gold Gala

Cluny Stag Supper

Hussar Curling Club

Hussar rural Fire Association

Ladies Silver and Gold Gala

Community Futures

Drumheller Minor Baseball

Nanton Backpack School program

Nanton Marlin Swim Club

Nanton & District Animal Protection Society

Nanton Booster Club

Nanton Community and Athletic Society

Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding

Strathmore Night Market

Wheatland and Area Hospice Society

Hope Bridges Society for Creative and Continued Learning

Wheatland Crisis Society

Strathmore Regional Victim Services Society

Crowther Memorial Junior High School

Strathmore & District Curling Club

Communities in Bloom - Strathmore


Vulcan Curling Club

Vulcan RCMP

Village Of Lomond

Vulcan County Health And Wellness Foundation

Spock Days Association

Vulcan & Region Family and Community Support Services

Big Country Riding and Roping Club

Stavely Ag Society

Royal Canadian Legion - Strathmore Branch #10

Lions Club Of Strathmore

Growing Families Society

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