"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8:28)
Stewardship is a way of life. It means managing our God-given resources of time, talent, and treasure in a responsible way. At Notre Dame FCU, we understand the responsibility of Catholics to not only PRAY and SERVE, but also to GIVE. That's why we built a program that facilitates your giving, even if you don’t have much extra money and you’re working hard just to make ends meet.
The mission of Elevate is to empower parishioners and school parents to generate revenue for their parish or school simply by being conscientious about choosing their banking partner.
In developing Elevate, we discovered that credit unions actually have deep Catholic roots. The concept of credit unions came about in Europe in the early 19th century. It was quickly embraced by Italian and German priests trying to help their struggling parishioners survive and flourish financially. Conventional banks were not serving their needs and in fact were sometimes making too much profit on less affluent members of the Church. In Christian theology, members of the Church are considered the "Body of Christ" and therefore have a moral obligation to look out for each other. St. Paul's 1st letter to Corinthians explained that "We are many parts, but all one body." The Acts of the Apostles describes how the early Church quickly banded together to help each other spiritually AND financially. It’s understandable then, how the credit union movement spread via the Church to French Canada and finally to the United States. Elevate is a unique program born from this credit union movement. The tradition continues today!