Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids Exceeds $200,000 Fundraising Goal
Thursday, June 4, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota credit unions continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to the state and to local communities through their fundraising and support of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids committee (MnCU4Kids) raised $214,010 in 2014 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, the Children’s Miracle Network-designated hospital in Minnesota.
MnCU4Kids has raised more than $2.8 million in total funds since its inception in 1997 through the generous support of credit unions and vendor organizations throughout the state.
MnCU4Kids, a committee of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, is part of a collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues and business partners engaged in fundraising activities that benefit Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals. Throughout 2014, the volunteer MnCU4Kids committee coordinated a variety of fundraisers that engaged credit unions and members in all corners of Minnesota. Individual credit unions also coordinated their own fundraisers that consisted of cookouts, candy sales, casual Fridays and more.
“I am thrilled that we continue to see an increase in support for Credit Unions for Kids fundraising,” said MnCU4Kids Co-Chair Dave Engler. “Many of our participating credit unions tour Gillette Children’s hospital on an annual basis and have seen first-hand the local need for the state-of-the-art care that the kids at Gillette receive.”
MnCU4Kids attributes a significant portion of its fundraising success to CO-OP Financial Services, which provides regular donations through its Miracle Match program.
“We appreciate CO-OP’s ongoing support, and I am proud to recognize this long-lasting relationship between Minnesota credit unions and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare,” said Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Chairman Dave Larson.
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is an independent, not-for-profit hospital located in St. Paul, with outreach clinics in Duluth, Burnsville, Maple Grove, and Minnetonka. All money raised through the MnCU4Kids program supports Gillette, helping kids with disabilities and chronic conditions. Credit Unions for Kids is a national program, which is endorsed by nearly all 50 state credit union leagues.
“Credit Union for Kids has been a reliable sponsor for many years,” said Becky Holst, Northern Minnesota Development Associate for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Department of Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. “The effort of the committee members and their credit unions provides Gillette stability in giving quality care to our patients.”
Keenly focused on financial education and professional development initiatives, the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) is dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. MnCUF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1969 to serve as a charitable arm of the Minnesota credit union movement. For more information, visit www.mncufoundation.org.
Credit Unions for Kids is a collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues and business partners engaged in fundraising activities to benefit Children’s Miracle Network affiliate hospitals. For more information, visit www.mncu4kids.org.