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CUNA Councils Celebrates 6,000 Member Milestone

CUNA Councils is proud to announce that it has reached its 6,000 member milestone. The Councils will mark the occasion with a celebration and nationwide prize giveaway.

The campaign to celebrate reaching 6,000 members runs through August 29th. There are six ways to enter and six prizes, including a Grand Prize valued at up to $2670! In the spirit of paying it forward, for each new member who joins by August 29th, the Councils are donating $6 to the National Credit Union Foundation.
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VIDEO: Government Interventions and Innovations - How Public Policy Fosters Savings From Youth to Retirement

The following video is from the recent America Saves National Savings Forum, where NCUF Executive Director Gigi Hyland moderated a panel on Government Interventions and Innovations.

Government at all levels can play a critical role in fostering savings. Through initiatives, innovations, online resources, and communications, government professionals can bring together and leverage the strengths of multiple savings initiatives that otherwise may not be connected. Government can serve as a clearinghouse for best practices in fostering savings across demographics and has the ability to respond to inconsistent policies that inadvertently serve to discourage savings. The panel of experts will share their opinions about the one action government can take to foster savings at all ages.

2015 Wegner Awards Nominations Deadline Nears

Click Here for Nomination MaterialsCredit union supporters have until Thursday, July 31, 2014 to nominate individuals and organizations for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards to be presented by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Winners will be honored at NCUF’s annual awards dinner on March 9, 2015 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.

“Don’t delay to nominate the finest individuals and organizations or programs for what are widely considered the highest national honors in the credit union movement,” said Danielle Brown, NCUF Director of Development and Donor Relations.
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NCUF Makes More “Money Rules” Books Available

Copies of the book “Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security” by bestselling personal finance author Jean Chatzky are available again from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Last year, over 100,000 copies of the book were distributed to credit union members and employees through this special initiative from NCUF.

“Money Rules” by bestselling personal finance author Jean Chatzky contains a set of smart, actionable, engaging rules that, if followed, will allow readers to enjoy a lifetime of financial security and eliminate their stress about money.
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1st Africa Development Education (DE) Training Takes Place

The first Africa Credit Union Development Education (DE) program was held recently in Nairobi, Kenya. The Africa DE program was organized by the African Confederation of Cooperatives Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA) in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), along with the World Council of Credit Unions and National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), with the aim of instilling the cooperative values among the leaders in the African credit union system.

The Africa DE program was inspired and co-created by four African graduates of NCUF’s DE Training in the last few years (otherwise known as CUDEs). The program was primarily convened and led by George Ombado from ACCOSCA in Kenya with assistance from Victor Botha from the Sibanye Cape SACCO Ltd in South Africa, Sylvester Kadzola from the Malawi Union of Savings & Credit Cooperatives in Malawi, and Elkanah Odembo from the World Council of Credit Unions in Kenya.
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CUNA Training Raises $5,000 for NCUF Charity Efforts

CUNACUNA is proud to announce a donation of $5,000 to the charitable efforts of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). This donation was assembled by credit unions nationwide through participation in CUNA training courses during the month of April.

“Continuing education and training for credit union professionals is so important. I want to thank each and every credit union who participated in training this April as part of the 'Pay it Forward' campaign,” said Gigi Hyland, NCUF Executive Director. “Your hard work and dedication will go a long way in helping NCUF and state credit union foundations improve people's financial lives.”
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Charitable Donation Accounts Balance Giving, Investing

Click to view brochureFrom the Credit Union Times - Charitable giving by credit unions is nothing new, but the investment aspect of such accounts had caused regulators to wonder if the funds were being used for their intended purposes.

The NCUA board approved a new rule in December 2013 that offers protections against those concerns by allowing federal credit unions to fund hybrid charitable and investment vehicles designated as charitable donation accounts under certain conditions.
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Teens Learn Financial Realities of Life at Michigan Reality Fair

From the MCUL Monitor - About 80 middle school students from Springport Middle School learned what managing a budget will be like when they live on their own, thanks to the Teen Financial Reality Fair put on by Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) & Affiliates. The goal of the fair, held in conjunction with the Annual Convention and Exposition, was to give young people hands-on practice paying for things such as rent, transportation, clothing and maybe even a student loan.

The unique aspect of this fair is that students used MCUL’s new Career and Technical Training Guide to choose a job and map out their financial futures. Click here for more information about Reality Fairs.
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100% of CMN Hospitals Receive Biz Kid$ DVDs from NCUF & CU4Kids Joint Initiative

Based on the generosity of credit union organizations, all 158 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in the United States have been provided with entertaining financial education videos through the Emmy Award-winning TV show Biz Kid$. This is the result of a recent partnership between the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and Credit Union for Kids (CU4Kids) to enhance the financial education opportunities for patients and families at CMN Hospitals.

Over the past three months, leagues, state credit union foundations, chapters and credit unions alike donated box sets of Biz Kid$ to their local CMN Hospital with CO-OP Financial Services underwriting half the cost. Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.
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Retirement Fairs Gaining Popularity in Illinois

In just a year and a half throughout Illinois, more than 560 people have participated in Retirement Fairs and 70 credit union staff and volunteers have completed the “Train-the-Trainer” program which teaches people how to host and conduct the fairs. The Illinois Credit Union Foundation introduced the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) “Route Your Retirement” Retirement Fair Program during the fall of 2012.

The interactive fair is designed to have people think more carefully about the type of lifestyle they would like to pursue in retirement and then link it to their financial plan. With support from CUNA Mutual Group, NCUF offers retirement fairs for leagues and credit unions nationwide. For example, credit unions in Illinois have embraced the fairs as an effective way to educate adults about the importance of saving for retirement.
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2014 DE Workshop Registration Now Open

Alumni of the DE Training program (CUDEs) can come get energized in Austin this August and recharged with fellow DEs from around the country at this year’s exclusive DE Workshop.

We’ve got great speakers for educational and innovative sessions alongside open forums and panels made up of your peers.
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