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

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New National Credit Union Foundation Board Member Mark Twisdale (right foreground) participated in a site visit during his first NCUF Board meeting. Twisdale and his fellow NCUF Board members visited a new homesite made possible by the El Paso Affordable Housing CUSO, one of NCUF's largest grantees. This new four-bedroom, 1,400-square-foot home was sold for just $74,000 to a low-income family who received homeownership counseling from the CUSO. The counseling program is brought to credit unions by NCUF through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
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.”

“As state credit union foundations and individual credit union foundations become even larger forces in the credit union movement,” Cunningham observed, “we believe Mark is well positioned to help the National Credit Union Foundation further partner with these foundations to maximize credit unions’ philanthropic impact.”

“The Carolinas Foundation and Carolinas credit unions are among the largest supporters of the National Credit Union Foundation,” pointed out NCUF Executive Director Steve Delfin. “We are always seeking opportunities to gain input from the Carolinas. We look forward to continuing to work with Mark Twisdale as a member of the NCUF Board.”

The NCUF Board just concluded its first board meeting of 2007 with site visits of grantees in El Paso, Texas. The NCUF Board plans to hold at least two more face-to-face meetings in 2007:
  • June 25-26 planning session in Madison, Wis.
  • Sept. 17-18 board meeting in Washington, D.C.