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CUAid: Disaster Relief

Helping credit union employees rebuild their lives after natural disasters strike.

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When Disaster Strikes, the Foundation Responds

CUAid is truly the “people helping people” philosophy in action. See how the Foundation harnesses collective generosity to respond to credit unions in need after natural disasters.

CUAid Impact by the Numbers

Through the collective generosity of the credit union movement, the National Credit Union Foundation has been able to respond when disasters strike to get credit union employees and volunteers back on their feet to continue serving members.

  • $9M

    has been distributed in disaster relief funds to the credit union movement since 2005.

  • $437K

    were given in grants in 2020 in response to natural disasters in the US.

  • 530

    credit union employees and volunteers received CUAid grants in 2020.

CUAid Disaster Recovery App

To streamline and connect credit union organizations with one another when disasters strike to quickly coordinate resources, the Foundation has launched a free CUAid Disaster Recovery app.

Learn more and download the app


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Our Promise to Credit Unions

The Foundation does not use disaster relief funds to pay for the CUAid.coop web platform, travel to disaster areas, or any of the Foundation’s costs to administer the national disaster relief program for credit unions. CUAid is a service we provide to give back to the credit union community.

CUAid was developed by the Foundation in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2006.

If you are a state credit union foundation or league looking for more information on how the CUAid program works, you can download our CUAid Playbook.

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Redwood Credit Union CEO Brett Martinez

During the Kincade Fire, nearly a million local residents had their power shut off, and about 200,000 were under mandatory evacuation. This meant the majority of our employees were evacuated from their homes or without power for several days—resulting in food spoilage and other unexpected expenses. Additionally, one employee’s family lost their 100-year-old ranch. I’m thankful that CUAid has been able to assist with the financial burden that these events have caused our employees — and even those who didn’t receive funds have expressed their gratitude as well.”

Brett Martinez, President & CEO of Redwood Credit Union

Looking Back Through CUAid History

Unfortunately, because natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more devastating, the Foundation has activated CUAid more than usual in recent years. Here are some of the larger disasters we’ve responded to since 2005:

  • 2005: Raised $3.5 million

    For the first time, the credit union movement banned together to support those affected by the massive destruction from Hurricane Katrina. CUAid was born.

  • 2011: Raised over $440,000

    • Tornadoes in Southern U.S.
    • Tornado in Joplin, Missouri
    • Flooding in North Dakota
    • Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee


  • 2012-2013: Raised over $625,000

    • Wildfires in Colorado
    • Superstorm Sandy
    • Flooding in Colorado
  • 2015: Distributed over $80,000

  • 2016: Distributed over $300,000

  • 2017-2018: Raised over $2.8 million

    • Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Hurricane Irma
    • Hurricane Maria
    • California Wildfires

    Read more about these events

Donate to the CUAid Disaster Relief Fund

Don’t wait until a disaster has already hit to consider donating. You can help credit union people rebuild their lives, whenever and wherever a major disaster strikes.

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Get in touch

For more information on CUAid

Contact Danielle Brown, Director of Engagement

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Danielle Brown, CUDE

Engagement Director

Danielle develops and fosters relationships across the credit union movement to expand the awareness, value proposition and funding of the Foundation.