Stanford FCU history
In 1959 a group of Stanford University employees pooled their resources to create a financial institution that would be better than a bank, and dedicated to serving Stanford. Our membership grew to include the entire Stanford community—faculty, staff, students, volunteers, alumni, employees of Stanford Health Care and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. As Stanford FCU’s reputation grew, more people wanted to become part of the Stanford community.
Today we still strive to be better than a bank by putting our members’ needs first, and aspiring to be a trusted financial partner. We work with cutting edge technology companies to service the financial needs of their talented employees who expect the best products, service and experience. We’re proud that our community is an epicenter of innovation, and includes top-performing companies like Google, Facebook-Meta, Tesla, Genentech, SAP, VMware, Amazon, Oracle and Visa.
Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford FCU was the first financial institution to offer the convenience of online banking. Innovation and member convenience continue to be a top priority, as we draw on Stanford University’s innovation and our high-tech community. Another priority that’s aligned with our mission to improve financial lives is our financial education. We offer free online learning modules, personal counseling, and free seminars (approximately 100 per year!).