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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14 CUs Across the US to Participate in Non-Prime Auto Lending Pilot

The National Credit Union Foundation, (NCUF) in partnership with Filene Research Institute, announced today that the product incubator for Non-Prime Auto Loans, is full with 14 credit unions across the country participating. Non-Prime Auto Loans, an NCUF product, is one of five products in the Filene Research Institute’s accessible financial services incubator funded by the Ford Foundation.

“Credit unions have a long history as being the proving ground for consumer centric, innovative financial products,” said Cynthia Campbell, director of innovation labs at Filene, “and partnering with the NCUF to test the viability of Non-Prime Auto Loans with mainstream financial institutions was a natural fit since their experience in working with low-to-moderate income consumers is extensive.”
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Don't Let Your Financial Literacy Efforts End When April Is Over

Originally published in the Credit Union Journal - These days, every month bears its own theme or flavor. You know many of them-October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; February is Black History Month; May is National Pet Month. And as for flavors, well, don't get me started! July is National Ice Cream Month; September is National Honey Month. Alas, there is no National Chocolate Month (one of my favorite food groups). However, the National Confectioners Association has wisely designated several "candy holidays" dedicated to the glories of chocolate.

These monthly themes focus attention and awareness on a particular topic to raise our societal consciousness, knowledge and understanding. April is no exception. It is, after all, National Financial Literacy Month, a theme near and dear to the credit union system's heart.
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2 New Fin Ed Resources for CUs: New Treasury Study Highlights Experiential Learning Impact & CFED Youth Programs Webinar

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is encouraging credit unions to look at a new study from the United States Department of Treasury on experiential learning and an upcoming webinar from the Center for Financial Security and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) on youth financial education programs.

“Both the Treasury study and CFED webinar are in line with NCUF’s mission to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions,” said Gigi Hyland, NCUF Executive Director. “Through NCUF programs, we know first-hand the power of youth financial literacy and experiential learning. I hope credit unions use these resources to further and strengthen their own financial education efforts to improve their member’s financial well-being.”
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2014 DE Workshop Registration Now Open

Alumni of the DE Training program (CUDEs) can come get energized in Austin this August and recharged with fellow DEs from around the country at this year’s exclusive DE Workshop.

We’ve got great speakers for educational and innovative sessions alongside open forums and panels made up of your peers.
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Credit Union Training Gives Back to Communities in Need this April

CUNACUNA announced today a new effort to improve people’s financial lives through the charitable efforts of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). For every print and online CUNA course purchased in the month of April, CUNA has pledged* to donate $1 toward the NCUF’s vision to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions. .

“We’re making the most of financial literacy month this April by letting our training give back,” said Marlo Foltz, AVP of Blended Learning, CUNA. “We invite credit unions to join us in furthering our guiding purpose of ‘People helping people’ by taking part in the education opportunities available.”
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CO-OP to Pay Half for all Biz Kid$ DVD Box Sets Purchased by Credit Unions for CMN Hospitals

CO-OP Financial Services will be paying half the cost of all Biz Kid$ DVD box sets purchased by credit unions under a program to enhance the financial education of families at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Even though CMN Hospitals treat sick and injured children without regard for ability to pay, many of their families still face tremendous financial challenges,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO, CO-OP Financial Services, and a member of the Board of Governors of CMN Hospitals since 2010. “The Biz Kid$ box sets will provide a source of entertainment and financial education for families that need both at a very difficult time.”

CO-OP Financial Services will pay $150 of the $300 DVD set, which credit unions are purchasing through the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and donating to their local CMN Hospitals.
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National Credit Union Foundation Holding Special Election; Seeks Nominations for up to Four Board Seats

Click Here for More Information on NCUF Board NominationsThe National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is currently seeking nominations for up to four board seats after the board of directors recently amended the NCUF bylaws to add these additional seats.

“We are excited to expand our board to enhance our fundraising capabilities and further the Foundation’s impact,” said Laida Garcia, NCUF Chair and President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union in Tampa, Fla. “This is a unique chance to join us and help set the strategies for the Foundation’s critical programs including REAL Solutions, Credit Union Development Education (DE), Biz Kid$, CU Aid/disaster relief, and grants. Therefore, we encourage the credit union movement’s best and brightest to submit nominations for the NCUF board and help us improve more people’s financial lives through credit unions.”
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NCUF GAC Breakout Session: Credit Unions Share Low Income Strategies

From the Credit Union Times - Three credit union CEOs stressed that collaboration is key to successfully reaching out to low income communities during an afternoon break-out session at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference Tuesday afternoon.

Paul Phillips, president/CEO of the $315 million Freedom First Credit Union of Roanoke, Va., Kathy Geary, president/CEO of the $155 million HEW Federal Credit Union of Alexandria, Va. and Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president/CEO of the $2.1 billion Travis Credit Union of Vacaville, Calif., sat on a panel that was moderated by Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation.
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Oakland, McCormack, Haegelin, & Canepa Bang Honored by NCUF

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) presented four Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night. Denise Gabel, Chief Operating Officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association, served as the night’s emcee.

"I've work with and admire so many who have been recognized with this award, yet there are so many I know that have yet to be recognized,” said Oakland after accepting his award. “This is not about me winning an award. This is about collaboration, friendship and shared efforts."
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Hyland Gives CUs Tips on Raising Awareness in GAC Remarks

Speaking to a general session audience Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Executive Director Gigi Hyland stressed the importance of creating awareness of credit unions as consumers’ best financial partner.

“Time and time again in my 23-year credit union career, I’ve been faced with this question from my friends, neighbors and community members: ‘Yeah, there is a credit union in my community. I don’t really know what they do. Don’t you have to join or something?’,” said Hyland. “As a credit union system, we are not the best at creating awareness about who we are and what we do. We must change that.”
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Still a Few Spots Left for 2014 Sept. DE Training

Click to Register for the September DE TrainingThe spots for the remaining Credit Union Development Education (DE) training class in 2014 are shrinking. 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.

“DE Training was a transformational experience for me,” said Shannon Bradley, recent CUDE and VP of Member Experience at Pioneer West Virginia FCU in Charleston, W.Va. “It gave me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best and brightest in the cooperative space and took my mind to places I didn’t think possible. DE has reinvigorated me to share my passion and keep the flame alive for credit unions and cooperatives alike.”
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Sponsor Biz Kid$ Box Sets for CMN Hospitals

Credit Unions for Kids & the National Credit Union Foundation are partnering to enhance the financial education opportunities for patients and families at every Children's Miracle Network (CMN) hospital in the U.S.

We need your help. Your credit union or chapter can help make this important initiative possible by sponsoring a Box Set of Biz Kid$ DVDs for your local CMN Hospital for just $150. Purchase your box set by April 30th so donations can be made during April-National Financial Literacy Month!
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