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Celebrating 70 Years of Helping More People Live Greater!

Seventy years later, GNCU serves nearly 70,000 members and is open to everyone living or working in Nevada.

A Brief History of GNCU

1949 – 1950s: Nevada State Employees Federal Credit Union is chartered on January 24, 1949, and operated by employees of the Nevada Employment Security Department in their Carson City offices. By the end of the 1950s, the credit union has 1,300 members.

1960s: First branch is opened on Second Street in Carson City, and a full-time staff is hired to serve the growing membership.

1970s: Member demand for new services brings about share draft checking accounts and direct deposit. Ongoing membership growth leads to building a larger branch and new headquarters in Carson City. By the close of 1979, the credit union has nearly 9,000 members.

1980s: The name is changed to Nevada Community Federal Credit Union; membership includes employees of several hundred different companies; and new branches in Minden and Ely are acquired via mergers with Bentley FCU and Steptoe FCU. Home mortgages, HELOCs, credit cards, and money market accounts are rolled out, and the Phone Activated Teller (P.A.T.) becomes one of Nevada’s first automated banking systems. Membership reaches 17,000 at the close of 1989.

1990s: A shift from federal to state charter brings a new name: Greater Nevada Credit Union. New branches in Reno and West Wendover via mergers with Reno FCU and Nevada Cooperative CU are added, along with a new branch in Sparks and an educational branch at Carson High School. A new member service phone center with extended hours is rolled out; a nationwide network of ATMs is added; and a new, larger GNCU headquarters office is built in south Carson City. Members gain account access via gncu.org and eBranch 24/7 online banking. The decade closes with more than 40,000 members.

2000s: The new millennium sees branches opened in Spanish Springs, Dayton, and north Carson City. Commercial checking and lending services are introduced, as well as ePay online bill pay. GNCU’s annual scholarship program is launched and our first subsidiary company, Greater Nevada Mortgage, is formed. Our field of membership is expanded into eight counties, and the credit union surpasses 50,000 members at the close of 2009.

2010 - Present: New branches are opened in northwest Reno, Golden Valley, Elko, and across from the University of Nevada, Reno, and construction begins on a new branch in Fernley. Interactive Teller Machines are rolled out, providing ATM functionality and the option to speak with a member service representative via video. Mobile banking is also introduced. Greater Nevada Mortgage opens its first office in southern Nevada. Field of membership grows to include all counties in Nevada, and mergers with White Pine County FCU and Frontier Financial Credit Union are completed. New private student loans are offered; Greater Nevada Insurance and Greater Commercial Lending are added as the second and third wholly owned subsidiary companies; and GNCU becomes the title sponsor of Greater Nevada Field in Reno. 2018 closes with over 68,000 members, and GNCU becomes the largest Nevada-based credit union with over $965 million in assets.

70 Days of Greater

To celebrate seven decades of helping more people live greater, we had a 70 day celebration that kicked off on January 24, 2019. The 70 Days of Greater celebration was a great success and included:

  • In-branch celebrations every Thursday from January 24 through April 4, so that members could enjoy refreshments, giveaways and learn how they could live greater with GNCU.
  • A select number of members won up to $300 in a matching deposit in their GNCU checking accounts. One random winner was drawn each week for 10 weeks beginning January 31.
  • A select number of new members won up to $300 in matching initial deposits in their new checking accounts. One random winner was drawn each week for 10 weeks beginning January 31.
  • A select number of with a new GNCU loan had their first payment made (via a deposit into their share savings account) up to $300. One random winner was drawn each week for 10 weeks beginning January 31.
  • A select number of members had their GNCU loan payment made (via a deposit into their share savings account) up to $300. One random winner was drawn each week for 10 weeks beginning January 31.

Check out all the winners below and click here for the official rules. GNCU 70th Anniversary Winner

Week 1 Winners

  • Zachary B. —  Received a matching deposit into his new checking account
  • Matthew M. — Received a loan payment valued at $300
  • Kim C. — Received a matching deposit into her checking account
  • Joselin P. — Received a payment toward her new loan valued at $300

Week 2 Winners

  • Regina B. -— Had her existing loan payment made for her
  • Leslee S. — Received a matching deposit in her newly opened checking account
  • Vanessa R. — Received a matching deposit into her checking account
  • Robert J. — Had his loan payment made for him

Week 3 WinnersGNCU 70 Days of Greater Winner

  • Nancy W. -— Received a matching deposit into her checking account
  • Alan T. — Received $300 off his existing loan payment
  • Benjamin N. — Received a payment toward his new loan valued at $300
  • Joshua S. — Received a matching deposit in his newly opened checking account

Week 4 Winners

  • Morgan M. — Received a matching deposit into their new checking account.
  • Yen L. — Received $300 off his new loan payment

Week 5 Winners

  • Ernesto R. — Received $300 into his existing checking account
  • Theresa P. — Received $300 off her existing loan payment
  • Mackenna D. — Received $300 off his new loan payment

Week 6 Winners Prize Winner - GNCU

  • Alicia Y. -— Received a matching deposit into her checking account
  • Daisy N. — Received a matching deposit in her newly opened checking account
  • Juan R. — Received $300 off his existing loan payment
  • Manuel L. — Received $300 off his new loan payment

Week 7 Winners

  • Kelly L. — Received $300 off her existing loan payment
  • Jonathan B. — Received $300 off his new loan payment
  • Jonathan C. — Received a matching deposit into his checking account

Week 8 Winners

  • Clifford L. — Received a $300 deposit into his new checking account
  • Carson B. — Received a matching deposit into their checking account

Week 9 Winners 70th anniversary GNCU prize winner

  • Jodie B. — Received $300 off her existing loan payment
  • Justin C. — Received $300 off his new loan payment
  • Laurie S. — Received a matching deposit into her new checking account

Week 10 Winners

  • Kelly C. — Received a matching deposit into her checking account