Changing Lives. One Member at a Time.

Impact investing through your Community Investment Fund (CIF)

Support the social good in your community, your state and throughout the country – simply by changing lives through investment dividends.

Your credit union supports philanthropy that makes a difference in members’ lives. For over 16 years, the Foundation’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) has done just that – make a difference in members’ lives.

You invest in us. We invest in you.

Through credit unions’ impact investing, CIF has generated millions of dollars to fund and support local and national financial literacy, development and scholarship initiatives. Started in 1999, the CIF was designed to leverage the interdependence of the credit union system for the greater good. It provides credit unions the opportunity to donate a portion of the dividends earned on certain investments to the Foundation and state credit union foundations.

Through credit unions’ generous CIF investments, the National Foundation has led financial literacy programs such as Biz Kid$ and Reality Fairs, provided people with access to affordable financial services, savings and asset accumulation, and much more.  

Through those same generous contributions, credit unions have supported state credit union foundations’ work to assist small credit unions with appropriate technology, extend credit union services to the unserved or underserved, countless financial education projects for youth and adults, scholarships to credit union staff, disaster relief, consumer education programs, in-school branches, international partnership programs and more.

That’s widespread impact. That’s the credit union difference. That’s hope. Your investment can change someone’s future.

Investing is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Choose one of the investment options available (e.g. - Certificate of Deposit, Money Market account, CIF Securities Option, or a Charitable Donation Account).

  2. Talk with one of the Foundation’s CIF partners to open an account:

  3. Sit back and take pride in the fact that your credit union is making a difference in members’ lives by supporting critical financial literacy and development programs provided by your state and national credit union foundations.

Support your mission. Your movement. Your members. Your CIF.

For More Information... Danielle Brown, Development & Donor Relations Director, at (608) 556-2406 or