National Credit Union Awards Programs

The Minnesota Credit Union Network and the Credit Union National Association are pleased to announce that applications for the annual Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins Financial Education recognition programs are now open.

 

Award entries are judged by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas Awards Committee to ensure unbiased results. The winners in each award category will advance to CUNA’s national contest where they will compete with credit unions across the country, with judging to take place this fall.

 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 2.


AWARD SUBMISSIONS & INFORMATION

 

Complete award information available on the CUNA Awards Programs Page.

 

Links to the individual award applications are below. Those who enter will compete with other credit unions in the same asset category. Credit unions may enter one or all of the awards programs.

 

 

  • Louise Herring Award for Philosophy-in-Action – focuses on the internal programs and services of a credit union. Credit unions who received the award have demonstrated the practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operations of the credit union.

 

  • Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards – recognizes the leadership of individual credit unions and chapters on behalf of youth and adult financial education. Activities eligible for consideration include those that raise awareness and marshal resources on behalf of financial literacy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As you work on your submission you will see varying formats in which questions need to be answered.  Some require only numbers, while others require much more time and thought.  You are able to save and come back at any time (until you submit).  

 

Things to Remember

 

  • Many boxes do not have word or character limits for the text boxes. 
  • You are able to format as you wish (bolding, italics, underlining, bullets...).
  • You are able to skip questions that are required, but you will need to go back and answer them before you submit your project.
  • Please include any documentation and promotional material you wish.  
  • We look forward to seeing your projects in the new electronic format!  (Videos, audio, Facebook, Twitter, news articles...)

FAQs

 

  • Can a credit union compete in all of the competitions?
    • Yes - a credit union may submit one entry for each of the awards (Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring, Desjardins Adult, & Desjardins Youth)
       
  • Can a credit union enter the same entry in multiple programs?
    • No - each program has different objectives and requirements.  Entries should be tailored to match the defined goals of the particular competition.
       
  • What time period do the award entries cover?
    • Leagues determine the qualifying time frames for their member credit unions.  In general, entries should cover the previous year's activities, but there is no national deadline.
       
  • How do each of the awards differ?
    • The Dora Maxwell Award is given to a credit union or chapter for its social responsibility projects within the community.  (The award is given for external activities)
    • The Louise Herring Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union.  (The award is given for internal programs and services that benefit membership.)
    • The Desjardins Youth Award includes all activities to teach personal finance to youth (under 18).
    • The Desjardins Adult Award includes all activites to teach personal finance to adults (over 18).

      Click here to see a differentiation chart of the award programs.

2017 MINNESOTA STATE-LEVEL AWARD WINNERS:

 

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

  • $50-$250 Million: Financial One Credit Union – 3 Essentials Giving Program
  • $250-$1 Billion: Ideal Credit Union – Minnesota Brain Tumor 5K
  • $1+ Billion: Hiway Federal Credit Union – Wild About Our Community!

Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award

  • Less than $50 Million: NorthRidge Community Credit Union – Relationship Lending
  • $50-$250 Million: Star Choice Credit Union – Build it! Certificate
  • $250 Million-$1 Billion: TopLine Federal Credit Union – Sum-It-Up Savings
  • $1+ Billion: Firefly Credit Union – Member Value Statement

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

  • Less than $50 Million: North Star Credit Union – Youth Political Advocacy Program
  • $50-$250 Million: United Educators Credit Union – Expanding Financial Literacy in Schools
  • $250-$1 Billion: SPIRE Credit Union – SPIRE & Elk River High School DECA: Future Finance Academy
  • $1+ Billion: Firefly Credit Union – Burnsville High School Collaboration

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

  • $50-$250 Million: United Educators Credit Union – Financial Literacy for Adults
  • $250-$1 Billion: SPIRE Credit Union – Building Financial Freedom
  • $1+ Billion: Firefly Credit Union – Redefining Employee Education

 


2016 MINNESOTA STATE-LEVEL AWARD WINNERS:

 

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

  • Less than $50 million: Star Choice Credit Union for the Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) Partnership
  • $50-$250 million: Northwoods Credit Union for the Rooted in Community fundraising program
  • $250-$1 billion: SPIRE Credit Union for the SPIRE Give Back Team
  • $1+ billion: Firefly Credit Union for the Secure Your ID Day Shred Event


Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award

  • Less than $50 million: Star Choice Credit Union for their “Building Strong Financial Futures” philosophy
  • $50-$250 million: Northwoods Credit Union for their 2nd Chance Lending Program
  • $250 million-$1 billion: Topline Federal Credit Union for their LSS Financial Counseling Partnership
  • $1+ billion: Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union for Helping Members Save Millions through Data Analysis and Outreach


Desjardins Youth Fnancial Education Award

  • Less than $50 million: North Star Credit Union for the Academic Journey Partnership
  • $50-$250 million: United Educators Credit Union for teaching personal finance at Red Lake High School
  • $250-$1 billion: Ideal Credit Union for the Money Talks Peer-to-Peer program
  • $1+ billion: Wings Financial Credit Union for the Wings Reality Fair


Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

  • $50-$250 million: United Educators Credit Union for financial literacy efforts with senior citizens and young adults with disabilities
  • $250-$1 billion: SPIRE Credit Union for the Building Financial Freedom Adult Financial Education Outreach program
  • $1+ billion: Firefly Credit Union for their Learn at Work program

 


 

With questions, contact MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet 
by email or by phone at 651-288-5503.

 

Minnesota Credit Union Network
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St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
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