The Pulse 07-06-2017

Volume 6, Issue 27.5



This Little Piggy Went to a Credit Union – Last Chance for Discounted Saints Tickets

Join credit unions from across Minnesota at CHS Field on Thursday, July 27 for credit union night at the Saint Paul Saints game. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for credit unions to purchase for their staff, volunteers or members at $15 per ticket.


Discounted tickets can be ordered online through the Network. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, and must be ordered no later than July 10. Additional tickets can be purchased directly from the Saint Paul Saints website.


The first 1,000 fans to the game will receive a free Minnesota Credit Union/Saints branded piggy bank. Additional credit union themed activities and promotions are planned including an Awareness campaign video and signage.


The Minnesota credit union Saint Paul Saints game sponsorship was made possible through an in-kind donation to the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awareness Campaign by SPIRE Credit Union. For information on contributing to the awareness campaign, visit the informational page on the Network website.




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 is 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 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



Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a summary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network's July educational sessions. Browse the listings below and click the links for more detailed information and online registration. Look for a complete schedule on the Event Calendar section of the Network website.


Minnesota Credit Union Network Events


Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Events




Chapter Meetings



MnCU Jr. Financial Education App Available Now

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation has partnered with HT Mobile Apps to bring their financial education platform, Member Jr., to Minnesota.


Through this partnership, the MnCUF offers a free MnCU Jr. App to members throughout the state. The Foundation also offers great options for credit unions to brand the application that are available for any size credit union.


The app teaches simple money concepts through tools for kids to manage their money and financial games for ages 2 to 12.


The foundation version consists of 6 sections including:


  • My Accounts
  • Games
  • Chores
  • Goals
  •  Lessons
  • Achievements

There are 3 custom versions of the platform available, Base, Enhanced and Custom. The different levels allow you to work within your budget and determine the right features for your kids program.


The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation will be offering informational webinars on Wednesday, July 19 to learn more about how you can offer this great app to your youngest members while supporting the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.


With questions, contact Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau by email or by phone at 651-288-5527.

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

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