Disaster Relief

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 CUAid 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 union people recover from major disasters.

Click below to watch a video highlighting the work done through CUAid in response to the four disasters that occurred in 2017:

Disaster Relief Grantees Share Thanks

"When the check from the Foundation arrived, people broke down crying. 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 you...credit unions are the greatest!"

The aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017. (Source: Getty Images)
The aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017. (Source: Getty Images)
The Foundation has activated CUAid more than usual the last few years. Some highlights:

2005 - Raised $3.5 million for credit union people affected by Hurricane Katrina

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

100% of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief. 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 costs to administer the national disaster relief program for credit unions. CUAid is one of many services 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.

2018 CUAid Donors

Click here to view a listing of those who donated $5,000 and above to CUAid in 2018