The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise money for credit union people affected by the wildfires in Colorado.
“The impact of the Colorado wildfires on the community is an immediate concern,” said Scott Earl, President/CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “With more than 32,000 people evacuated and 350 structures already destroyed, our thoughts and prayers go out to the communities in distress during these difficult times. The support of the credit union community and the National Credit Union Foundation through the activation of CUAid will be indispensable.”
Wildfires in Colorado Springs, Colo., come close to Evangelical Christian CU's (ECCU) Colorado Regional Office, in this photo taken by Vice President Gary Kehr. The wildfire is just two blocks from the office. ECCU said hundreds of its members have been affected by the fires, and many are still at risk.
Credit union supporters in every state can make donations through CUAid, which is secure website that accepts credit cards and includes information on wire transfers and mail donations (www.cuaid.coop). CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and state credit union foundations across the U.S., to contribute directly to support other credit union people.
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“100% donated through CUAid - every cent of every dollar - goes to credit union disaster relief,” said Christopher Morris, NCUF Director of Communications. “We encourage credit union leaders all across the country to use CUAid.coop as a channel to collect donations from their employees, volunteers, and members.”
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop, NCUF will coordinate with the Mountain West Credit Union Association to distribute money efficiently to credit union employees and members in the affected areas.
CUAid was developed by NCUF in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2006.
The secure online tool links the entire credit union system to raise money for disaster relief, most recently after Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene last year. CUAid was active an unprecedented four times in 2011.
Organizations and individuals can use a variety of CUAid web buttons for their website. Please click here for the easily linkable buttons. Click here for a direct link to the donation form.
About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.
NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual Group. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.