Registration Opens Nationwide for Social Impact Management Institute March 24 in Monterey, Calif.

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) will co-host its second Social Impact Management Institute on March 24 as a pre-conference event for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Big Valley Educational Conference. The full-day Institute features world-class speakers and a unique training agenda designed to help credit unions grow while making a social impact.

Registration is now open on the California Credit Union League conference website (

“As we looked for new and innovative educational content for this conference, the Social Impact Management Institute made perfect sense,” said Mark Klinkert, SVP of Professional Development for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. “The Institute’s subject matter is not only timely, but essential for our credit unions.”


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Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Chairman Mark Twisdale Elected to National Credit Union Foundation Board

Mark Twisdale
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Chairman Mark Twisdale has been elected to a three-year term on the board of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Twisdale, who serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for State Employees Credit Union (SECU) in Raleigh, N.C., is also the Executive Director of the SECU Foundation.

Twisdale’s election by the NCUF Board was unanimous.

“While we had an outstanding field of highly qualified candidates,” related NCUF Chairman Mary Cunningham, “our board members agreed that Mark will bring valuable fundraising expertise and local foundation perspectives to the NCUF Board. The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation has generated the highest state contributions to the Community Investment Fund by using a very effective model of chapter-based fundraising throughout North and South Carolina. And the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation has used creative member-driven fundraising to build assets of $14 million.”


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National Credit Union Foundation Helps Launch Hispanic Savings Campaign through New Network of Latino CUs

NCUF Chairman Mary Cunningham (right) presents a check to El Paso Affordable Housing CUSO CEO Larry Garcia (center) and Chair Karl Murphy (left).
The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is granting $25,000 to the newly formed Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) to launch a national savings campaign for Hispanics.

“Hispanic America Saves” will be an affiliate of the Consumer Federation of America’s “America Saves” campaign. It will be modeled after the “El Paso Saves” program that the NCUF-funded El Paso Affordable Housing Credit Union Service Organization has been facilitating for two years.

Hispanic America Saves will aim to enroll Latino/Hispanic households in savings programs as incentives to become credit union members.


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NCUF Board Member Gary Oakland, BECU
Featured in Washington CEO Magazine

Washington CEO Magazine recently profiled Foundation board member Gary Oakland, President/CEO of BECU, highlighting how the state's largest credit union's meets bank competition through shared branches and ATM alliances. BECU's mini-branches in area supermarkets were also noted. (CU Journal 1/15)

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National Credit Union Foundation Schedules Two Development Education Classes in 2007

For the first time in 10 years, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is scheduling two Development Education (DE) Training classes in 2007.

Registration is open now for DE Training on April 12-17 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. (Click the Register for DE Training button at left.)

Registration will open in May for a unique DE Training on August 23-28 on Bainbridge Island, Wash. This first-of-its-kind DE class will be set at IslandWood, a site designed to use the environment as a classroom.


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REAL Solutions Becomes Signature Program of National Credit Union Foundation

To further credit unions’ efforts to serve low-wealth and modest means households, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) today officially begins the national expansion of REAL Solutions as its signature program.

Over the next three years as a program of the Foundation, REAL Solutions is projected to help more than 2,000 credit unions in 33 states offer new products and services to attract more than 250,000 members from these largely untapped and underserved markets.

“REAL Solutions meets the prime criteria we established for the Foundation’s signature program,” points out NCUF Chairman Mary Cunningham.


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National Credit Union Foundation Posts Resources to Help Credit Unions Serve Native Americans

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has released a white paper describing credit unions’ opportunities to serve Native Americans, and posted Native American outreach resources on its website.

To access the white paper and outreach resources, please click here.

The Native American research is based on two NCUF initiatives in 2006:
  • NCUF’s national survey of credit unions with Native Americans in their fields of membership
  • NCUF’s summit of 14 leading credit unions serving Native Americans
Credit union leagues and foundations from 10 states participated in these initiatives.


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Barry Jolette to Receive National Credit Union Foundation’s Wegner Award for Lifetime Achievement

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) will bestow the Herb Wegner Award for Lifetime Achievement upon Barry Jolette, President and CEO of San Mateo Credit Union in Redwood City, Calif.

“Barry Jolette is most deserving of this highest honor awarded by the credit union movement,” announced NCUF Awards & Recognition Committee Chairman Bob Schumacher, who will emcee the Wegner Awards Dinner at the Hilton Washington on Feb. 25, 2007. (Reservations are available by clicking here)

Jolette’s award will recognize his service to the credit union movement at the local, state, national, and international levels.


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National Credit Union Foundation Supports Arizona Saves

Kris Hoffman-Ackley, National Credit Union Foundation, Director of Donor Relations & Events presents a check for $15,000 to Leonard Knight, Arizona Saves Chairman and Julia Ogden, Arizona Saves Executive Director
The Arizona Credit Union Foundation was recently recognized for its support of Arizona Saves, a nonprofit organization that provides financial education, financial coaching and access to no-fee savings accounts to all Arizonans, particularly low- to moderate-income households, individuals and children.

The Arizona Credit Union Foundation (ACUF) and the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) were both recognized with plaques for their financial contributions to Arizona Saves during 2006. Kris Hoffman Ackley, NCUF Director of Donor Relations also presented Arizona Saves a check for $15,000 in support of their 2007 programs.

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