Over $300k Raised to Help CU Employees in Louisiana

Through CUAid and other channels, the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) and the Louisiana Credit Union Foundation raised over $300,000 to help 430 credit union employees affected by the devastating flooding in late August.

“In my 33-year credit union career I have seen and worked through many natural disasters,” said R. Keith Cranfield, Chief Risk Officer at EFCU Financial FCU in Baton Rouge, La. “I am always impressed with the resilience of the people of Southern Louisiana, but I’m most impressed with the generosity of those individuals not affected. I want to personally thank the Louisiana Credit Union League, the Foundation, and all of the credit unions and employees for their generosity in this time of need. I lost nearly all of my appliances and furniture as well as many of our family memories and treasures. When someone thinks of you in your time of need, it is priceless.”

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45 CU Professionals Become Certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Forty-five credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation. The DE training was held September 14-21, 2016 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

After attending the September DE Training, Julia Sohn, Vice President of Human Resources at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana, Calif., said, “The DE Program wasn’t a training - it was a life experience. I walked away with a heartfelt understanding of who we are as a movement, and profound respect for what it took to get us where we are today. I’m energized and ready to do all I can to help better the lives of others.”

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Murmurings Podcast #8 – Making Financial Education Exciting with “Ales & Assets” and “Speed Savings”

In this podcast, we talk about breaking the stereotype of financial education as “boring” and making credit unions’ offerings more exciting.

First, we talk with Audrey Stone from Sunmark FCU in New York, where they offer an award-winning financial education event entitled “Speed Savings”. Then we’ll hear from Rebecca Grizzle and Kathleen Burt from Linn-Co FCU in Oregon to talk about “Ales & Assets,” a new education series where the credit union partnered with a local brewpub to offer people free beer and financial knowledge.

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