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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Bob Schumacher’s Inspirational Career Recognized with 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award


Bob SchumacherIn recognition of a career that has touched every corner of the credit union movement, as well as his inspiring work with credit union leadership programs, both in the U.S. and overseas, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce Bob Schumacher, retired President and CEO of MountainCrest Credit Union, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Bob is one of the most dedicated and devoted followers of the credit union philosophy who has worked on all levels of the movement,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “His impact particularly on Foundation programs such as the Community Investment Fund, Biz Kid$ and the Credit Union Development Education Program is beyond belief. Anyone who has had the opportunity to be touched by Bob’s contagious energy and enthusiasm comes away a more committed individual.”
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Clarence Hall Recognized for Lifetime of Sacrifice with 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award


Clarence HallIn recognition of his selfless work on behalf of the struggling population of Issaquena County and his lifelong embodiment of credit union values, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce Clarence Hall, Jr., CEO of Issaquena County FCU, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Clarence Hall is not a household name in the credit union movement, but his work has been absolutely inspiring in building a better life in a downtrodden part of our nation,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “Clarence is an unsung hero who has led efforts around financial literacy, civil rights and much more to make a positive impact on those in his community. Roy Bergengren used to say that the credit union’s real job is to prove the practicality of the brotherhood of man and Clarence’s achievements align perfectly with those words.”
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Duchess of Cornwall Welcomes CUDEs & Praises Credit Unions


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, right, visited with Marlene Shiels, ICUDE, chief executive of Capital CU, Edinburgh, in 2012.From CUES Skybox (10/15/14) - It might surprise you to learn that a June BBC news article reported that just 2 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom belongs to a credit union, while 46 percent of adults in the United States are credit union members.

Married to Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, since 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles decided to use the title The Duchess of Cornwall, as her husband is also known as The Duke of Cornwall. According to Marlene Shiels, The Duchess has continued to learn about and promote credit unions in the UK “by undertaking other visits, meeting with credit union leagues, and visiting and joining her local credit union in London. She is now hosting a reception at Clarence House (her royal residence in London) on International Credit Union Day to spread the word.”
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Gigi Hyland's ICU Day Message: Let's Own Financial Literacy Together


Many calendars now list the "national" or "international" nature of each day of the year. Sept. 19, for example, is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day." Ridiculous, you say?

Well, yes. But there is some entertainment value in seeing the startled expression on your coffee barista's face when you exclaim, "Arggghh! Thank ye fer the fine caramel macchiato, matey!"

Since 1948, the third Thursday of October has been celebrated as International Credit Union (ICU) Day®. This year, ICU Day is October 16th. The theme is "Local Service. Global Good." It emphasizes credit unions' positive impact in their communities and around the world.
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Brightstar Credit Union Launches Additional Financial Literacy Initiative w/NCUF Biz Kid$ Grant


BrightStar Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in South Florida, is providing financial literacy education to all Broward County middle schools through Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award winning show where kids teach kids about money and business.

All 43 middle schools in Broward County Public Schools, starting with Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines as the pilot school, have received DVDs of the Biz Kid$ show and materials. This group includes Beachside Montessori Village and Broward Virtual. BrightStar has made this possible by receiving a $20,000 Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant, one of only 16 grants awarded nationwide in 2013, from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The grants are intended to engage credit unions using the Biz Kid$ program and its curriculum to build financial literacy.
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Iowa Credit Union League Shines as 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award Winner


In recognition of its organization-wide dedication to ensuring the prosperity of credit unions and improving the financial lives of consumers, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) as the recipient of the 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Organization Award.

“The Iowa Credit Union League has been fortunate to have a series of leaders over the years who’ve all been pioneers in helping build the credit union movement,” said John Gregoire, Chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The breadth and depth of the organization shine through the league’s focus on reaching the Hispanic population, healthcare and savings initiatives, as well as a host of other programs. You always know if the Iowa Credit Union League straps on a challenge, they’ll go far and beyond.”
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NCUF Announces 2015 Wegner Award Winners


The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. The Iowa Credit Union League will be recognized for Outstanding Organization and garnering Lifetime Achievement awards are Clarence Hall, Jr., Bob Schumacher, and Mike Mercer.

The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards will be presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF at the new Marriott Marquis on March 9, 2015, in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. Registration for dinner sponsorships and tickets will be available on the NCUF website within the next month.
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NCUF Grantee Uses Biz Kid$ to Help Students Stand Out in Workforce


Travis Credit Union teamed up with the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District to create a Work-Ready Certification (WRC) Program to help students stand out in the workforce.

Designed to validate that students have the necessary entry-level skills as identified by the local business and industry community, the WRC Program enables students to be both successful in the workplace and also become contributing citizens of the community, both locally and globally. Travis Credit Union received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.
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44 CU Professionals Become CU Development Educators (CUDEs) After Completing “Life-Changing” Program


Forty-four credit union professionals became certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The Fall DE training was held September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

After attending the Fall DE Training, Laida Garcia, NCUF Chairman and President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union in Tampa, Fla, said, “NCUF’s DE training was an enriching experience that will stay with me for years to come. While I have 35 years of experience in the credit union industry, my week at DE Training re-kindled my passion and spirit for our cooperative movement and roots.”
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National Credit Union Foundation Board Nominations Open


The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is currently seeking nominations for three board seats. The nominations are for credit union executive or director, system affiliates and at-large seats. Volunteers serve up to three terms of three years each on the NCUF Board, as long as they are re-nominated by the NCUF Nominations Committee and re-elected by the NCUF Board.
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NCUF Grantee Helps Elementary Students Save Over $40k


Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) helped elementary students learn the importance of saving through its innovative program, “The Piggy Bank Project”. At the end of the school year, students at Walter Bracken Elementary saved just over $40,000. SSSCU received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.

The Piggy Bank Project is a collaborative effort between SSSCU, Walter Bracken Elementary School, The United Way of Southern Nevada, Young Philanthropist Society, Junior Achievement, and the Andson Foundation to provide real savings accounts for elementary students, while also providing in class financial
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Registration Opens for 2015 Development Education (DE) Trainings


Click Here to Register for Winter or Spring 2015 DE Training!Registration is now open for the first two Credit Union Development Education (DE) trainings of 2015, with the third opening up early next year. This is the second time in a row that three DE Trainings will be held in a single year, with the first program taking place January in Dallas, Texas followed by trainings in the Spring and Fall in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking.

After attending the training earlier this year, Michael Waylett, President of Vision Financial FCU in Durham, N.C, said, “DE training was hands-down the most educational, inspirational, and emotional training or conference I've ever been fortunate enough to be a part of. I learned of the principles on which credit unions were founded and how these principles should remain at the heart of every decision that we make today. It is not possible to attend this training and not, as a human being, be changed significantly."
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National CU Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Report Released


Click to view the reportThe National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) released their 2013-2014 Annual Report entitled “Improving People’s Financial Lives through Credit Unions.” The report highlights NCUF activities related to their programs and grants over the past twelve months.

“As the charitable arm of America’s credit union movement, the National Credit Union Foundation is proud to keep purpose constant,” writes Laida Garcia, NCUF Chairman and President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union, and Gigi Hyland, NCUF Executive Director, in the report’s introduction. “It’s the framework for which we work and support credit unions to improve people’s financial lives. As you browse the following pages of this report, you can already see the progress we’ve made in helping people achieve financial freedom, and the positive potential for our future working with credit unions across the country."
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