CUAid: Uniting Resources to Help Credit Union People During Disaster

As a catalyst in the credit union movement, the Foundation often convenes resources to help people. CUAid is a great example of this as it brings the entire industry together to help those in need.

The Foundation offers the first national online disaster relief fundraising center for credit unions. Through credit union organizations are encouraged to offer employees and members an online giving option to support The Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund, the only disaster relief fund dedicated to helping credit unions, their employees and members recover from major disasters.

Disaster Relief Grantees Share Thanks

"When the check from the Foundation arrived, some of our members broke down crying in our lobby. All of a sudden, ‘People Helping People' was not just a slogan.”

"I'm overwhelmed by the generosity and spirit of caring and helping that motivated the credit union community to reach out and assist we who were affected by the storm. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
"Thank you, thank you, thank unions are the greatest!"

North Dakota's GEM FCU underwater in 2011.
North Dakota's GEM FCU underwater in 2011.
The Foundation has activated CUAid more than usual the last few years. Some highlights:

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
In 2005, $3.5 million was raised for credit union people affected by Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas.

100% of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief. 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.

“The outpouring of aid from the credit union community has been one of the few bright spots in these darkest times.”
 - Christopher S. Maurer
UNO FCU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
after Hurricane Katrina

Watch the Foundation's hurricane relief video from 2006 to see and hear directly from some of the people the credit union system helped:

For More Information... Christopher Morris, Communications Director, at or (608) 231-4374.