About Us

We Have History Here

In 1938, as America was recovering from the Great Depression, the employees of Inland Empire Paper Company founded what is known today as Spokane Media Federal Credit Union. The original mission of the credit union was to encourage savings and grant members easier access to money for use in emergencies. SMFCU expanded its field of membership in 1973 to include radio, television and newspaper employees. Because we are a federally chartered institution, we adhere to guidelines that ensure our exclusivity. However, family members of those who work for the media, even though not employed in the media themselves, are eligible for membership.

Do not let our small size fool you—we have all the products and services of the BIG guys!

When you join Spokane Media FCU, you are entering into a partnership where you have a voice and a vote. We are a not-for-profit cooperative– promoting financial well-being for our members and encouraging involvement in our community. Truly for us, size doesn’t matter—the relationships that we form with our members is what is most important. We take great pride in our fantastic member service—when you contact us, we answer the phones! We will take the time to get to know you.

Who Can Be A Member?

Our core membership is comprised primarily of media related organizations such as the Spokesman-Review employees and family members, our founding sponsor Inland Empire Paper Co, local television and radio stations and advertising and public relations firms. We welcome all small businesses with 300 or less employees to request eligibility.

If you have any questions concerning membership, please contact us for more information.

Mission Statement of SMFCU
Stories shape our world and our dedicated financial cooperative empowers storytellers. We offer equitable access to vital financial products and services because financial security is the bedrock of creativity and innovation.

By providing financial empowerment, we amplify voices and perspectives, granting storytellers of all backgrounds equal opportunities to thrive, inspiring narratives that drive conversation and ignite positive change.