Educators - Tell us About Your Projects

From hosting a comedy show at a retirement home to raising money to help a family in need – we want to highlight how educators and students serve our community in next year’s Family Trust school planner. We’re asking teachers from all grades to submit creative projects they have done that give back to their school and the community.


Scholarship Winner Pays It Forward

London Minor learned to love volunteering at South Pointe High School and plans to make it a lifelong habit.

“My teacher told us we’re blessed and someone else could be blessed by our resources,” said London, 19, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina. “I like to help people.”


Should I Buy or Rent: A Guide

For some renters, purchasing a home may seem exciting, yet overwhelming. However, in today’s market with affordable homes and low interest rates, buying a home may be a practical and satisfying option.


Wise Words: Facebook Friends Give Home-Buying Tips

We asked our social media followers to give us their best home buying advice. Here’s what they said:

Kev Otto says “Don’t over extend yourself. Unexpected things happen, and you need any extra to cover those things” …”start small and move up. You don’t need to have it all the first time around. #financialliteracymonth”


For Your Safety: Phishing Scams

Family Trust is warning members not to respond to emails from unknown persons or companies that ask you to confirm or verify bank account information or encourage opening an attachment.


Advantages of Getting Prequalified

“Getting prequalified is the first step in the home-buying process” says Kim Gillette, assistant vice president, mortgage production manager. She offers that prequalification generally takes 24-48 hours and can be done by visiting any branch or applying online. To prequalify, buyers need to know basic financial information such as gross monthly income and job history.


From Lee: PFM & Account Aggregation – The Next Phase of Online Banking

In February, I wrote about the personal financial management (PFM) and account aggregation tool called Mint that was being used by some of our members. The introduction of data protection measures required by federal regulation had rendered this product unusable on our online banking service. At that time, I promised we’d do some research and follow-up.


3 Financial Tips You Can Use

April is Financial Literacy Month, and a great time to think about some important lessons everyone can learn about finances. Whether you’re a parent talking about money with your kids or a professional looking for a few tips, there’s always something to learn.

Here are some fun activities you can do to expand your financial knowledge.


Find us at your favorite spring events

Spring brings beautiful blooms, sunshine, and community events that bring us together. You can find us at many of them including First Friday Fort Mill, the Come See Me Festival, Earthday Birthday Celebration, and Strawberry Festival.