The Pulse 09-08-16

Volume 5, Issue 36.5



Affinity Plus Seeking Collaboration Partners in 2016 Plus It Forward Day

Plus it Forward, a spin on the widely popular concept of Pay it Forward, was created by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in 2013 with the intent selecting one day out of the year to scatter kindness in communities throughout Minnesota – and encourage others to do the same. This year’s Plus It Forward Day will be held on Monday, Oct. 10 (Columbus Day), and all credit unions are invited to participate. Currently, 25 credit unions and the Minnesota Credit Union Network are scheduled to participate in 2016 Plus it Forward activities.


Participation in Plus It Forward Day is very customizable and turn-key, from the activities each credit union selects, what the credit union calls it, and whether the credit union is open or closed on this day. Additional information is available in a 30-minute overview recording on the Plus It Forward collaboration website.


With questions or to commit to participating in Plus It Forward Day 2016, please contact Kristina Wright from Affinity Plus.



NCUA Hosting High-Impact Community Partnerships Webinar

Credit unions seeking to build community partnerships to offer more products and services can get valuable information in an upcoming webinar hosted by the National Credit Union Administration.


The 90-minute webinar, “High-Impact Community Partnerships,” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Online registration is available online. Participants will use this same link to log into the webinar. Registrants should allow pop-ups from this website. There is no charge.


Vanessa Love, an economic development specialist with NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives, hosts guest speakers Karen Smith, executive director of Montana Credit Unions for Community Development; and Michael Wade, senior tax analyst with the Internal Revenue Service. Discussion topics will include:


  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance impact numbers and changes that streamline participation;
  • Strategies for partnering with established VITA sites to grow membership;
  • Partnering with individual development accounts that match savings;
  • Federal Home Loan Bank’s four-to-one match for first-time homebuyers; and
  • Integrating high-impact programs into your overall business strategy.


Participants may submit questions in advance via email. The subject line of the email should read, “High-Impact Partnerships.” Participants with technical questions about accessing the webinar may email the NCUA. This webinar will be closed captioned and then archived online approximately three weeks following the live event.


NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives fosters credit union development and the effective delivery of financial services for small credit unions, new credit unions, minority depository institutions and credit unions with a low-income designation.




Follow the links on the stories below to read more about the outstanding programs, new initiatives and well-deserved recognition received by your peers recently. Got news of your own? Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.



MnCUN to host Life Simulation November 2

The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The simulation will help participants understand the stress that living in a low-wage house-hold causes, and the lasting personal, emotional, and financial toll it takes on members.


This free event is hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professionals group, The Crew, and supported by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Credit union employees of all ages and at any stage in their professional journey are encouraged to attend the event.


This event will take the place of the fall Crew and Financial Education Peer-to-Peer (P2P sessions.More information and event registration is available on the MnCUN event calendar online. With questions, contact MnCUN Communications Specialist & Crew Liaison Laura Whittet by email or by phone at (651) 288-5503.



Reminder – Participate in Miracle Jeans Day Sept. 14

Wearing jeans may lead to a more comfortable day in the office for you, but on Miracle Jeans Day it also generates hope for families relying on the services of a Childrens Miracle Network Hospital. A simple $5 donation could supply 10 diapers for a premature baby. A $25 donation could provide five baby blankets. Best of all—your donation stays local to help kids at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.


Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals alike to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their area. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $4 million to help fund life-saving medical needs in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


To register and order merchandise, visit the Miracle Jeans Day website.



Free Toolkits Available through the National Credit Union Foundation

Credit unions are always looking for ways to improve the financial lives of their members. Therefore, the Foundation, through its REAL Solutions program, has created a variety of free toolkits to help credit unions meet member's needs in the following areas:


Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034