The Pulse 06-23-16

Volume 5, Issue 25.5

The Pulse Archive


One week left: Complete your Dora, Louise, Desjardins award entries

Don’t miss out on the chance to promote the unique projects, products and services offered by your credit union. Submit your entries for the statewide Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Desjardins awards competition and show off the ways your credit union benefits its staff, members and communities.

The deadline for entries is next Friday, July 1st. To submit an entry, visit the award site. Complete award descriptions and entry FAQs are on the Minnesota online entry information page.

Credit unions are encouraged to enter in one or all of the national awards programs. Winning submissions in the state competition will advance to the national competition for judging this fall.

Questions? Contact MnCUN Director of Communications Andrea Molnau by email or at (651) 288-5527.



Submit your credit union’s news to MnCUN

One of the ways that the Minnesota Credit Union Network provides advocacy for credit unions is through media relations and consumer awareness efforts. A key component of this work is the MN Credit Union News channel. This webpage aggregates news stories, photos and press releases to highlight the many reasons why credit unions are local, trusted financial institutions.  


When credit unions submit their news stories to MnCUN, those stories become part of a “cycle of news” that helps to increase the circulation of credit union happenings to a broader audience, amplifying the messages.


Here’s how the cycle of news works:

  • Stories are posted to the MN Credit Union News channel.

  • On a weekly basis, stories are aggregated and highlighted in The Pulse newsletter.

  • Next, MnCUN publishes an array of stories in its regular Connected to Community newsletter, which is delivered to legislators, public opinion leaders, members of the media, and more.

  • Stories are also included in Fluence Media publications, which include Morning Take and Business Take newsletters for business executives, opinion leaders, legislators, public affairs contacts, and influential people around the state.

  • Stories are also regularly pitched to the local press and credit union trade press, generating additional coverage.

Credit unions are encouraged to share information about their activities and programs with the Network, either via press release, through photos or by submitting a brief synopsis of a sponsorship or an event happening at your credit union. Stories can be submitted online or directly to MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.  


Last Chance: 2016 OnApproach AXFI Conference

Beginning this Sunday, OnApproach will be holding their 2016 Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington. The AXFI Conference is the premier educational event for credit union and community bank professionals serious about analytics and financial innovation. This annual event brings together hundreds of professionals, industry experts and leading researchers in the field of analytics and financial innovation.

More information and registration can be found online. Additional questions about the conference or the Network’s OnApproach partnership can be directed to Kris Jacobsen



Financial Literacy 5K promotional toolkit available

On Saturday, July 9 the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation will be holding its annual Financial Literacy 5K. The event will feature a USATF Certified 5K course, a kids fun run, face painting, games, warm up yoga, and much more.

Proceeds from the Financial Literacy 5K will provide funding for MnCUF's Financial Education Grant Program, which supports programs, projects or initiatives that positively impact credit union members and Minnesota communities.

A toolkit is available to assist credit unions in promoting the Financial Literacy 5k to members and employees.

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

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