Since 1982, over 2,000 credit union advocates from 35 countries have attended the U.S. DE Training to earn their CUDE™ designation. Independent, international DE programs have spun off from the U.S. program. These programs have expanded the global DE alumni network to more than 4,500 individuals worldwide.
Upon completing the DE Program, participants earn their Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation, which signifies a competency in understanding and applying Development Education within financial services.
Tom Connors Memorial DE Luncheon
Thank you to everyone that joined us at the 2022 Tom Connors Memorial DE Luncheon during the CUNA GAC. With more than 70 DEs in attendance, our venue had to bring in additional tables and seats!
DE Day of Service
This annual day of impact encourages DE alumni to go out and live the credit union difference taught at DE Training through community service to empower our members and strengthen communities.
The US DE Awards Program provides US DEs the opportunity to honor those individuals who exemplify the DE spirit through their individual or cooperative efforts to make a difference in the movement.
International DE Resources
Thanks to the leadership of international credit union partners, there have been several DE Programs created outside of the U.S. These independently-managed programs and the International Credit Union Designation (I-CUDE) are available to DE Program Alumni who meet a certain level of international experience and is offered by the International DE Programs.
Lindsey Mueller, DE Class of 2018
After 15 tornados devastated Northern Wisconsin in 2019, Lindsey assembled storm relief efforts with staff from her organization, CoVantage Credit Union. Over 30 employees spent more than 300 hours of volunteer time to help their community including operating chainsaws, moving brush and helping serve food to residents.
Christopher Morris, DE Class of 2005
In 2014, Christopher Morris began organizing local volunteer activities once a month by inviting local CUDEs to join him for outings that focused on the 12 Development Issues. He has kept this tradition alive and continues to gather CUDEs in the Madison area for activities such as stocking food pantries, Ronald McDonald houses, Toys for Tots and more.
Meghan Jamison, DE Class of 2018
In an effort to get more Young Professionals from the Cornerstone region to DE Training, Meghan designed t-shirts that she could sell to raise money for a YP scholarship. She worked with other local CUDEs to help with the scholarship process and was able to reach her fundraising goal and award her first scholarship at the end of 2019.
The National Credit Union Foundation has identified 12 Development Issues that are interconnected and act as barriers to the well-being and prosperity of members and communities served by credit unions.
Financial Health & Well-being
Financial well-being is the key to solving the challenges that members are facing today.
Get in touch
For more information on the DE alumni activities
Contact Chad Helminak, Chief Impact Officer
Chad oversees the strategy and execution of Foundation programs, resources, communications, marketing and grants. He is also responsible for identifying opportunities to build alignment, create efficiencies and foster cooperation within the Foundation and across the credit union system.