The Community Investment Fund was started in 1999 to provide credit unions opportunities to donate portion of dividends to the Foundation and state credit union foundations. CIF attracted $650,000 in investments in its first year and in 2005, CIF won the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2005 Award for Excellence in Fundraising.
More importantly, it’s generated millions of dollars to sustain development initiatives improving the financial lives of people through credit unions across the country.
At the national level, CIF investors helped fund financial literacy programs such as Biz Kid$ and Reality Fairs, provided people with access to affordable financial services, savings and asset accumulation, and much more.
At the state level, CIF investors 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.