About Mazuma

Wanna know what makes us tick? Can’t say we blame ya. If we sound confident, it’s because we are. That’s cuz we’re not just an award-winning credit union (self-proclaimed awards count!), we’re a Kansas City staple. From Arrowhead to Joe’s KC, we love our Chiefs and bleed barbecue ribs. We’ve been a KC institution for over 65 years, which in dog years is like a million (check the math on that). Above all else, we’re all about making our members happy, and we’ll do just about anything to make that happen.

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Our Brand

Our purpose is simple, to make Kansas City a better place to live, work and bank. Take a closer look at our logo; yeah, we snuck a smile in there. Smiling is our favorite. From our logo to our people to our products and our Members, that’s what we strive for every day.

Behind the scenes we’re thinking about, meeting about and sometimes even arguing about how to deliver on this happy thing in every experience you have with us. We’ve still got a ways to go, but you can bet we’re giving it the ole college try.

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Our Story

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Once upon a time in 1948 there was this guy named Joe Pinkerton who wanted to make Kansas City a better place to live, work and bank. He got the green light from the State of Missouri, and boom! The Kansas City National Federation of Federal Employees Credit Union was born (rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?).

This other guy, Clarence H. Plaskett, became the first charter member of the credit union with a whopping $5 share deposit. Meanwhile, Joe and his wife, Wyla, recruited more new members by going from one railroad station to the next collecting deposits in a shoebox.

That’s when things really started to get interesting.

Fast forward to 1998 and our 50th birthday, when we changed our name to Mazuma, the Yiddish word for money, got a hot new sports car and donned some leather pants (yep, we just made a midlife crisis joke).

Skipping ahead to the present day, we still love this city just as much as Joe did when he founded Mazuma, and we're proud to continue his tradition of giving back by taking an active role in financial education, the arts and community development. Kansas City is our home, and we're out to make Kansas City a better place to live work and bank.