Oh, what a year!
2020 is coming to a close and while we’re looking forward to the new hope that 2021 brings, we wanted to reflect on all that was accomplished during the pandemic. We are SO thankful for our supporters and generous donors whose belief in our work drives progress, change and innovation. Our supporters make everything we do possible.
Through their support, we found ways to pivot and continue delivering our work during a time when credit unions and members needed it most. Here are our monthly highlights from 2020 and we are proud of the value we provided to our movement.
San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) once again hosted the annual Holiday Bowl on December 27th in San Diego, CA. What you might not know is for the fifth year in a row, SDCCCU chose Biz Kid$ (championed by the Foundation) as the beneficiary of the game.
A record-breaking $48,500 was raised for Biz Kid$! Thank you SDCCU and to all who attended the game – you are helping kids score a win towards their financial future. Read full recap here.
The National Credit Union Foundation Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards took place on February 24th and honored three industry leaders including John Fiore, Teresa Freeborn and Maurice R. Smith. With this year’s theme of “Rooted in Purpose”, the evening’s awardees served as a reminder of the true purpose of credit unions – something that would play out to be even more critical as 2020 unfolded.
This year’s event shattered all previous attendance records with over 1,000 people gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. The Wegner Dinner is not only an awards gala, but the primary fundraising event for the Foundation and through a text-to-give initiative during the awards dinner, attendees raised over $15,000 to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Full wrap-up can be viewed here.
As the pandemic was in full effect, the Foundation worked hard to provide tangible resources for credit unions to help them navigate this difficult time with their employees and members.
We published various resources including COVID-19 & financial well-being, Biz Kid$ resources for parents homeschooling children, how to prioritize your staff and members during the pandemic, and helping your Spanish speaking members.
The government sent out the first round of economic impact payments, and the Foundation wanted to ensure your members knew how use it safely and in a way that benefited their financial well-being.
We have learned just how important the practice of empathy was this year. The Foundation partnered with CUNA to host an eSchool on Putting Empathy in Action During a Pandemic, which consisted of four sessions led by Foundation Director of DE & Cooperative Culture Chad Helminak. The sessions covered the following:
- Living Our Values Through Change
- Living Through a Pandemic, In Someone Else’s Shoes
- Avoiding Pitfalls and Practicing Empathy for Organizations
- Avoiding Pitfalls and Practicing Empathy for Individuals
You can view the recordings for free here.
On June 10, Credit Union Development Educators (DEs) from around the globe came together to make an incredible impact in their communities in celebration of the 5th annual DE Day of Service. These activities address the 12 Development Issues or challenges that serve as barriers to financial well-being.
Even through a pandemic, DEs found ways to be creative, innovative and improve people’s lives. See the full recap here.
We launched our free CUAid Disaster Relief App to help credit unions prepare for future natural disasters and improve internal business resiliency.
Help your credit union prepare, connect & share resources when faced with natural disaster through the app. More information and how to download here.
The Foundation launched a free online learning resource called Exploring Our Values, a self-guided course designed for credit union employees at any level of the organization.
The course is designed to teach the fundamentals of credit unions’ cooperative structure, principles and history using key lessons from our signature Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program. Access the course here.
Most years the Foundation hosts a DE Workshop which brings Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE) Alumni together for continuing education and networking. This year we hosted the first-ever virtual workshop focused on serving ourselves and serving others.
With the help of acclaimed speaker and author Drew Dudley, workshop attendees participated in interactive keynotes, small breakouts, and activities that helped them connect and learn from their fellow DEs. Full wrap-up here.
Thirty-seven credit union leaders were designated as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing the Foundation’s first-ever DE Training in a virtual learning environment. The DE Program is intended to support the cooperative culture of credit unions by exploring our principles and values and practicing empathy to solve the many challenges facing our members and communities.
Considering this purpose – paired with our circumstances – the DE Program was needed now more than ever. We also found our virtual learning environment provided a level of inclusivity that we were previously overlooking by only offering in-person trainings. Learn more here.
Our credit union family has not only been navigating a pandemic, but many have found themselves faced with natural disasters that uproot their families, finances and overall well-being. It has been a challenging season with hurricanes impacting the Gulf Coast and wildfires ravaging California, Oregon, Colorado and more.
Because of the cooperative generosity of the credit union system, the Foundation was able to grant over $400,000 to 74 credit unions and 530 employees/volunteers to help them recover from disasters. Learn more here.
For the 2019 – 2020 grant cycle, the Foundation awarded $75,000 in financial well-being grants to credit union organizations to help expand programs, grow their employees’ knowledge & understanding and help their members more efficiently.
In the spirit of cooperation among cooperatives, credit unions share their grant reports to provide key learnings, challenges and insights learned through their grant initiatives. Explore their findings here.
The 2021 National Credit Union Foundation Celebration
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