we
are
sun
west

We aren’t your average bank – we’re real people making an extraordinary difference for over 84 years.

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est. 1937

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SunWest was founded on the belief that financial institutions should exist to serve. Our original founders knew then what a lot of bankers still don’t understand. Financial institutions should help people, not take advantage of them. That’s why 12 telephone workers came together to create a financial cooperative with one goal in mind – to help people thrive financially so they can excel personally.

We opened in 1937 as Phoenix Telco and ended our first year with 45 flourishing members and a solid foundation for future growth. Today, we stand stronger than ever with over 50,000 members and 117 employees committed to upholding our founding promise to help all members grow and thrive. Our members continue to rely on us to get them where they want to be because they know we care more about their lives than we do our bottom line. We have over 84 years of experience in the industry and just as much history when it comes to making a difference in the lives of those who put their trust in us. That’s 84 years of proven success in giving the reins to the people so that each and every one of our members can look forward to a better tomorrow.

mission + vision

Through our empowered staff, SunWest’s mission is to provide exceptional service focused on dedication, integrity and compassion to help our members grow and thrive.

SunWest Credit Union will improve the financial health of our members while enriching the communities we serve.

We will accomplish this by sticking to our core values.

core values:
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the sunwest difference

We believe in the power of community and service you can bank on. And no, that’s not just a catchy phrase we say to get attention. We mean every word. We have seen the untapped potential that people have to control their own financial health, and SunWest is here to make sure that potential is realized. That means providing hassle-free banking in a world where no one has the time or energy to deal with greedy, self-serving bankers.

You deserve a financial partner that understands what drives you to be better. To reach higher. You aren’t like everyone else. You have distinctive hopes, dreams, and experiences that propel you forward. You need a partner that is small enough to tailor its service to your needs, but big enough to provide everything required to bank smarter. What you don’t need is to be categorized as another number on the balance sheet.  You are so much more than that, and your value shouldn’t be defined by what you have to offer a bank. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. You wouldn’t purchase clothing from a retailer that doesn’t provide your size. Don’t settle for less when it comes to your financial fit.

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banks care about profit,

credit unions care about you

own it

YOU are the most important person to a credit union. Our members own a share of the credit union while banks are owned by shareholders.

keep your money

Banks have to make a profit in order to appease their shareholders, whereas credit unions are not-for-profit. This means we aren’t obsessed with the bottom line. We can focus on keeping loan interest rates and fees low and offering higher dividend rates that help your earnings work for you.

support local

Banks love the dollar. Credit unions love the people. Since we are not-for-profit, we have a lot more flexibility to build stronger communities and lend a helping hand to those who need it most. When you choose a credit union, you are choosing to support your growing community.

call the shots

Shareholders (with deep pockets) elect and pay the Board of Directors at a bank. YOU vote on our Board of Directors and no one pays a dime. That’s right. Credit union board members are volunteers selected to ensure your interests come first.

travel with confidence

Sure, banks are everywhere. So are large coffee chains with even longer lines. That doesn’t mean they’re the best option. Luckily for you, you get the best of both worlds with a credit union. SunWest is a member of a nationwide shared branching + ATM network that includes thousands of locations across the U.S. You don’t have to sacrifice service for convenience–we offer both.

rest easy

Credit unions and banks both insure deposit accounts up to $250,000. Credit unions are federally insured by the NCUA, whereas banks are insured through the FDIC.

still not convinced?

Check out our video series to learn more about credit unions and the SunWest difference.

destined for greatness?

join our
team

Our employees rock, and we aren’t afraid to sing their praises. They care deeply about their community and work hard for our members. We know we wouldn’t be one of the best credit unions in Arizona without them, so we do our part to guarantee their happiness.* That’s why we offer excellent benefits and strive to create an atmosphere to be envied. You have to work to support the life you love, so why not love the work you do?

*Our lawyers tell us we cannot guarantee anything. Your happiness is up to you, BUT we are here to help you have a good time while you work.