Credit unions' involvement in politics is vital to the growth and success of the movement. For that reason, it is essential that they become actively involved in the legislative process. Getting involved is simple! The Network offers credit unions the opportunity to join a variety of political programs. Become involved today and join the network of credit union individuals dedicated to ensuring that the credit union voice is heard at both the state and nation capitols.
Much of the strength of Minnesota credit unions' political advocacy efforts lies in our numbers. With more than 120 credit unions and 1.6 million members, we have the a grassroots network that legislators notice. The Network's grassroots programs ensure that elected officials hear credit union opinions and perspectives on legislative issues.
- GrassRoots Education & Action Team (GREAT): Join the network of credit union professionals, volunteers, member and supporters dedicated to voicing credit union positions on legislative issues. Membership and involvement is free and easy.
- Project Zip Code: This program collects information about the number of credit union members living in each congressional district, making it an effective advocacy tool.
The foundation of credit unions' advocacy efforts is the relationships they build with elected officials. Throughout the year, the Network provides credit union professionals various opportunities to meet with their representatives and educate them about the credit union difference.
- Credit Union Day at the Capitol: This annual event serves as the unofficial kick-off of credit unions' involvement in the Minnesota Legislative Session.
- Governmental Affairs Conference: Hosted by CUNA, this conference provides attendees the opportunity to learn about national political and credit union issues and meet with representatives in Washington, D.C.
- Hike the Hill: On this three-day event, credit union professional travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with the members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation.
Financial contributions are one of the ways credit unions support those who advocate for them at the state and national capitols. Through MnCUN's contribution programs, credit unions can thank those who fight for them in the legislature.
- Payroll Deduction: By contributing a small amount from each paycheck, credit union employees can effortlessly donate to funds that support credit union friendly candidates.
- APR Contribution Program: Credit union professionals and volunteers can sign up for the CUPAC Automatic Political Recurring (APR) contribution program which provides for recurring contributions with the convenience of credit and debit cards.
MnCUN Unity Fund
The Minnesota Credit Union Network's Unity Fund was created in 2003 to help Minnesota credit unions defend against sudden attacks on their tax exemption or any other threat that may arise. The Unity Fund will allow credit unions to respond swiftly to these threats with lobbying, public relations and grassroots resources. It will also enable credit unions to mount an immediate counter-attack while we mobilize our troops and gather the resources needed to fight an extended battle.
By maintaining a separate fund dedicated to protecting credit unions, Minnesota credit unions can ensure that they are always ready to respond to a legislative attack as quickly as possible.
Credit union leagues across the country have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting negative legislative proposals, specifically battling to maintain the credit union tax exemption. For example, Utah credit unions spent $450,000 during the first month of their taxation battle in 2003.
As the Minnesota Credit Union Network currently works to build up our "war chest,” the MnCUN Board of Directors has set a Unity Fund goal at $500,000. Donate to the Unity Fund today and help Minnesota credit unions reach this important goal.
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