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January 31, 2024   •   News  

SAFE Credit Union Paid Members $57 Million in Dividends in 2023

FOLSOM, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2024) – Citing its commitment to help its members build financial freedom, SAFE Credit Union paid out a total of $57 million in dividends to its members, an impressive increase of 423% in 2023 over the previous year.

“As interest rates rose in 2023, SAFE was pleased to be able to offer our members higher dividends on our savings products,” says SAFE Credit Union Chief Financial Officer Alexis Fitzpatrick. “We offered numerous ways for depositors to maximize their savings, including certificates, money market accounts, and even dividend-earning checking accounts.”

In all, SAFE paid out $57 million in dividends to members in 2023, compared to $11 million in 2022. “It has been 15 years since those who save with us have benefitted at this level,” Fitzpatrick says. 

SAFE Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution that distributes profits among its 236,000 members through dividends and lower interest rates on loans.

In 2023, SAFE offered a variety of ways for its members to take advantage of the higher interest rate environment. It offered a series of special certificates that offered highly competitive rates, as well as significantly increased its dividend rates on its regular certificates. It saw more members sign on to its new Level Up Money Market account that pays up to 3.30% APY.

Alexis Fitzpatrick photo Alexis Fitzpatrick, EVP, Chief Financial Officer

“We are so pleased that we provided our depositors with highly competitive rates that helped them benefit even more from saving with SAFE,” Fitzpatrick says. “And we are so happy that we provided our members with such an astounding amount of dividends in 2023. It all comes back to our member-first culture.”

Fitzpatrick says that SAFE will continue to provide products and services in 2024 that will help members save.

“We will be flexible as we address changing economic conditions and quickly pivot to provide members with the best solutions for them to maximize their money,” Fitzpatrick says.

To interview CFO Alexis Fitzpatrick, please contact AVP Communications and PR Carole Ferguson at [email protected] or (916) 836-6318.


About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.7 billion in assets and about 236,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.

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