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CUAid: Disaster Relief

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

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How We Are Responding to Disasters Right Now

In response to the California Wildfires and Hurricane Laura, the National Credit Union Foundation has granted over $100K in disaster relief support via CUAid to the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and the Louisiana Credit Union League. 

Because of the collective generosity from the credit union movement in the past, the Foundation’s disaster relief fund is able to support the current needs of those impacted by the recent disasters, and we have collectively as a group decided not to activate CUAid for the purpose of soliciting additional donations to fund the needs associated with the current disasters.

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CUAid Disaster Recovery App

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


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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.

Our Promise to Credit Unions

The Foundation does not use disaster relief funds to pay for the 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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  • $9M

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

  • 100%

    of donations received through CUAid go towards disaster recovery efforts.

  • $234K

    in grants given so far in 2020 in response to natural disasters in the US.

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 Hannibal Brumskine, Chief Financial & Operations Officer

The National Credit Union Foundation Hannibal Brumshkine

Hannibal Brumskine II, CUDE

Chief Financial & Operations Officer

As the CFOO, Hannibal provides executive leadership to the financial and administrative functions of the Foundation.