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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 $15,000 in support of their 2007 programs. More...
Biz Kid$ has received three Daytime Emmy® Award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Science. The series was nominated in the following categories: Outstanding Achievement in a Single Camera Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing. Awards will be given on June 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship. Biz Kid$ has now received 13 Emmy nominations in the last five years, winning once in 2009. The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize excellence in American daytime television programming. Emmys are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).
Forty credit union professionals became 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 May 1-8, 2013 training was held at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.
"The DE experience was an opportunity to top off my tank of passion for assisting our members and the communities we serve,” said Spring DE Training attendee Jim Morrell, President/CEO of Peninsula Credit Union in Shelton, Wash. “Through experiential learning, collaboration, and engaging with bright minds from within and around the credit union industry, the program ignites synergy in many different ways. Together CUDEs will drive the passion that our industry needs to ‘Unite for Good’ and continue to benefit millions of credit union members in this country and around the world.”
CUNA Mutual Group is encouraging its credit union customers to sign up for paperless policy delivery to help the environment and raise money for the National Credit Union Foundation.
During May, CUNA Mutual Group will donate $5 to the NCUF for every credit union that signs up for paperless policy delivery. The insurer kicked off the month-long initiative with an email May 1, to all credit union customers.
Biz Kid$, the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship, received a Parent’s Choice Gold Award recently.
The Parents' Choice Gold Awards are given to those books, toys, games, videos, software, magazines, audio recordings, and television programs that are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments include the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others.
Credit union supporters are encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards to be presented by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Winners will be honored at NCUF’s annual awards dinner on February 24, 2014 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.
“NCUF’s Wegner Awards are widely considered the highest national honors in the credit union movement,” said Josie Collins, NCUF Director of Donor Relations and Resource Development. “We encourage credit union supporters to nominate their best and brightest whose achievements fulfill the Foundation’s mission to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions.”
Biz Kid$, a financial literacy initiative that teaches kids about money and business, is now part of a treasure hunt for financial literacy. The Biz Kid$ Piggy Hunt is a collaboration of Biz Kid$ and Horizon CU of Spokane, Wash.
Josh Allison, relationship development manager at Horizon CU, created the treasure hunt to connect with local schools to spread the message of financial literacy as a way to engage children. Every week clues are left for students to find a hidden piggy bank. The clues lead to teachers, who have Biz Kid$' financial literacy worksheets and assignments for students to complete. When students complete the assignments, they receive the next clue, and continue hunting.
Last week, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) held a Financial Reality Fair in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, DC. A Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students.
“The Reality Fair was an eye-opening experience for a lot of these teens,” said Tanya Thomson, Art Teacher at Washington Metropolitan High School.
“It feels like the students learned a semester’s worth of meaningful material in just two hours at the Reality Fair,” said Landon Southerly, Math Teacher at Capital City Public Charter School.
Registration is now open for the Fall 2013 Credit Union Development Education (DE) training class taking place September 4-11 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 last training in September of 2012, Aimee Johnson, Vice President of Lending at Oswego County FCU in Oswego, N.Y. said, “I have always heard that DE Training will ‘change your life’ but never realized it actually could. I have renewed my passion for the movement and the impact that all of us - as individuals or as a whole - can have on the world. We truly are ‘heroes’ in every aspect of what we do, and should use that to inspire us to do more for this great movement.”