Twin Cities credit union wins national award for youth financial literacy education
Thursday, January 7, 2016
TopLine Federal Credit Union – MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (January 7, 2016) – After winning two statewide awards from the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN), TopLine Federal Credit Union came out on top nationally with an award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), for superior financial education programs benefiting the credit union’s members and communities.
TopLine won a first-place Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award for its initiative, “ Get Smart with Yo u r M on ey™ ,” an ongoing education effort for school-aged children in the Twin Cities metro. Through educational seminars targeted at various age groups, the credit union encourages students and parents to start conversations regarding spending, saving and sharing money wisely. TopLine also works with teachers and nonprofits to further educate students of all ages on the importance of saving and good financial management.
This award is named after Alphonse Desjardins, who founded the first credit unions in the U.S. and Canada. Award-winning entries will be on display at CUNA’s 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference, February 21 through 25, in Washington, D.C., and award winners will also be honored at the 2016 Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Meeting in March.
“We are humbled to be recognized for our dedication in helping members and our communities better prepare their financial futures,” said Tom Smith, TopLine Federal Credit Union President and CEO. “In the spirit of being a cooperative, like all credit unions, TopLine is passionate about doing what’s best for our members and the communities and we value the opportunity to provide financial education programming for all ages as a way to enhance lives.”
“This year’s award-winners demonstrated creativity and commitment to the values credit unions hold dear – financial education, service to community, and extraordinary member service,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “I am pleased to see Minnesota credit unions acknowledged for the work they are doing to support their communities.”
TopLine offers financial literacy seminars for youth and adults throughout the year at their Maple Grove Learning Center, and will visit interested schools or other groups to present age- appropriate lessons about personal money management. Please visit www.toplinecu.com/financial- education or call 763-391-0872 to check for upcoming sessions or to arrange a special session at your location.
Credit Union National Association (CUNA), based in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, is the premier national trade association serving America’s credit unions. The not-for-profit trade group is governed by volunteer directors who are elected by their credit union peers. With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, CUNA serves America’s 6,950 state and federally chartered credit unions, which are owned by more than 98 million consumer members.
TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota’s 13th largest, with assets of more than $360 million. Established in 1935, the not-for-profit cooperative offers a complete line of financial services, as well as auto and home insurance, from its five branch locations
— in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth and in St. Paul’s Como Park — as well as by phone, mobile app and online at www.TopLinecu.com. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington Counties and their immediate family members.