University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno

Greater Nevada Credit Union is proud to support the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to bring that passion to the students, faculty, and staff to broaden the University’s impacts across Nevada. We help numerous programs and events spanning the University, and provide students with quality financial products and educational services.

Our Reno: University branch is conveniently located across Virginia St. from the heart of campus, and UNR students, faculty, staff, and alumni also have access to special offers through our Greater Perks program. Members all get access to specially discounted football and basketball tickets to cheer on the Nevada Wolf Pack.

A Greater Partnership with the Wolf Pack Marching Band

2024 UNR Marching Band check presentation

Since 2012, GNCU has partnered with the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band to raise over $416,000 to help with the band’s needs for instruments, scholarships, travel and other expenses. 

You can be a part of making this the greatest year yet! We’re matching up to $15,000 in total contributions to the Band through their online fundraiser. These funds are used to support the Band as they work to keep athletes, students, and the community marching forward. If you’re able, please consider a donation by clicking the button below.

Supporting the NevadaFIT Program

Beginning the journey for a college degree can be a daunting task. Moving out from childhood homes, meeting new people and taking on fresh responsibilities are a lot to handle for college freshmen. That’s why we’ve partnered with the University’s NevadaFIT program to give incoming freshmen the foundations they need to be successful students.

NevadaFIT is a one-credit, academic program for first-year students designed to help ease the transition from high school to college. The NevadaFIT program brings more than 3,500 new students and about 500 student mentors to campus the week before the fall semester begins. NevadaFIT spans nine colleges and schools and more than 40 majors. Working in “Packs” of six to seven students led by an undergraduate mentor, students focus on academic readiness and skills to be successful college students, become acquainted with faculty, form study groups, live on campus and experience immersion into the campus community. This strategy has been proven to give students a sense of belonging and increases retention and graduation rates for all participants, including Pell-eligible, first-generation and minority students. Since its inception in 2013, NevadaFIT has helped increase the University’s average one-year retention rate by seven to ten percent. 

“Expanded support from Nevada business leaders like Greater Nevada Credit Union helps make higher education more accessible and successful for all students. We strive to educate and graduate the best-prepared and most confident leaders, and it all starts with our students’ experience in the NevadaFIT program.” – Brian Sandoval, President of the University of Nevada, Reno

Highlights of Our Commitment to Support the University of Nevada, Reno Since 2012

  • Wolf Pack Marching Band – $416,700
  • NevadaFIT program – $300,000
  • UNR College of Business – $55,000
  • NV Money Mentors – $50,000
  • TedXUniversityofNevada – $30,000
  • Pack Provisions – $18,500
  • University Staff Employee Council – $6,300
  • First in the Pack – $3,600
  • University Libraries – $2,400
  • New Student Initiatives – $3,000

Greater Nevada team members have also donated more than 2,300 hours to support initiatives on campus and in the community.

Special Olympics Nevada

2024 basketball tournament for Special Olympics Nevada

Greater Nevada Credit Union proudly supports Special Olympics Nevada (SONV). Our team members regularly volunteer and conduct fundraising for special events. SONV provides training, athletic competitions, and education to adults and children with intellectual disabilities, allowing everyone the chance to shine.

Help Support These Athletes at a 2024 Plunge!

2022 South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Nevada

Join us and enjoy the thrill of the chill by taking the Plunge for SONV! You can register to join us as a Plunger and make a splash, or register to join us as a Chicken and participate while staying dry and cheering on your teammates from the sidelines.

Aces Stealing Bases for SONV

Reno Aces player with his hands up after stealing a base

GNCU has teamed up with the Reno Aces to promote stealing for a good cause through GNCU’s Steals for SONV! Every time an Aces player successfully stole a base, GNCU donated $250 to benefit SONV.

In the 2023 season, Aces players snagged 36 bases, so we donated $9,000 towards these incredible athletes!

Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College

Greater Nevada Credit Union has been a long-time supporter of Western Nevada College (WNC) through sponsoring many different programs and fundraisers, awarding scholarships to GNCU members attending WNC, and participating in the WNC Foundation.

Our Carson City: North Carson branch is conveniently located just minutes from the heart of the Carson City campus, and WNC students, faculty, staff, and alumni also have access to special offers through our Greater Perks program.

Greater Driving in Northern Nevada

GNCU is also the official sponsor of the Greater Driving in Northern Nevada program at WNC. The program goals include promoting safe driving among new drivers in Northern Nevada through the WNC Driver’s Ed program, offering exclusive student benefits, and providing financial education to students regarding responsible car ownership.

Students who successfully complete the WNC Drivers Education program can receive free gifts and the opportunity for partial reimbursement toward their course cost. Students who complete the Driver Ed program may also participate in an essay contest to earn one of three $500 scholarships for WNC. Talk to your Driver’s Ed program instructor for details.

Audacity Institute

Business open sign on front entrance

Impacting Nevada’s Small Businesses

The Audacity Fund Reno is a field of interest fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Fund uses donor dollars to invest in local main street and tech companies owned by underserved business owners. The Fund intentionally does not define underserved entrepreneurs, but examples may include women-owned, minority-owned, LGBT+-owned, veteran-owned, limited English proficiency-owned, and rural-owned businesses.

The Audacity Institute provides group education and individual mentoring to the cohort of companies selected for funding. As an evergreen fund, any returns received by the Fund are used to fund more local businesses.

GNCU donated $25,000 to the Audacity Institute in 2022 to enhance the organization’s outreach to rural and underserved businesses typically overlooked by traditional funding sources. In total, 20 businesses received direct funding and mentoring to help them start or rebound after the pandemic.

Learn More About the Audacity Institute, Audacity Fund Reno, and GNCU’s Involvement

Learn About a Few Nevada Businesses Impacted by This Initiative