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 (http://www.ccul.org/bv2007/reg_instructs1.cfm).

“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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Register for an Upcoming Charitable Donation Account (CDA) Webinar


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NCUA’s new charitable investment rule grants a federal credit union expanded investment powers to fund charitable contributions. Learn how your credit union could have contributed 5 times more to the National Credit Union Foundation while also earning an investment return 5 times more than the traditional MTC CD CIF investments.

NCUA’s newly created Charitable Donation Account rule does just that and is truly a win-win for the credit union industry. Join us for an upcoming free, short webinar to learn more.


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NCUF Approves Biz Kid$ Education Grants to Build Youth Financial Literacy Skills


The National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) board of directors has approved seven new Biz Kid$ grants for 2014. The new grants engage the credit union movement in using Biz Kid$ and its curriculum to build students financial literacy and economic education skills.

In a keynote speech given in June during a Pensions & Investments conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “If our young people aren’t financially literate, we are part of the problem, not part of the solution.” Credit unions have stepped in to become part of the solution through Biz Kid$, the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship. The Biz Kid$ education grants support credit unions and state foundations in their efforts to extend the reach of the award-winning financial literacy series beyond the television set into communities across the country.
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Maps CU Partners w/University & Provides Financial Ed Tools to Teachers of Tomorrow


Maps Credit Union (Maps CU) partnered with Western Oregon University (WOU) to provide tomorrow’s elementary school teachers in Oregon with the necessary tools to teach financial literacy in the classroom, equipping them with basic skills and access to Biz Kid$ programs. By integrating Biz Kid$ into WOU’s college-level elementary education coursework, the initiative reached over 125 future teachers last year. Maps CU received Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants from National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.

“Maps’ program is not only impacting current students of WOU, but as these students incorporate Biz Kid$ into their teaching experiences, it will touch countless elementary school students as well,” said Danielle Brown, Director of Development & Donor Relations for NCUF.
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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.


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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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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