The Pulse 09-22-16

Volume 5, Issue 38.5



Applications open for the 2017 CUNA Diamond Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Diamond Awards, an annual credit union industry competition hosted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council.


Every year, the Diamond Awards recognize the creative excellence and outstanding results of projects, campaigns and events across 30 award categories. Entries are judged based on the following criteria: creativity, design and production, copy and communication, and strategy and results.


Early bird applications are being accepted until December 19. The final submission deadline is January 13, 2017.


For more information about the 2017 Diamond Awards and to submit an entry, visit the Diamond Awards webpage.




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.



Register for Cuna Mutual Group’s Free Discovery Conference Today

CUNA Mutual Group’s seventh annual, day-long Discovery Conference is Oct. 18. The virtual, no-cost event offers credit union leaders a chance to learn how to harness the power of data, a sneak peek at new research, and valuable industry insight and trends in the insurance and credit union industries, including Generation C.


Throughout the day, attendees have opportunities to network with industry leaders, pose questions, participate in “hot topic” chats, and visit exhibit hall booths. In addition, all credit union participants are entered to win the grand prize drawing – $1,000 to the credit union’s charity of choice.  


Learn more and register online. All credit union employees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Content is geared toward credit union CEOs and senior leadership teams, and will be made available on-demand after the conference ends.



Register Now: Minnesota CU4Kids Bowl-O-Rama - Wednesday, October 26

Join the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) committee for the annual Bowl-O-Rama on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Wyoming. This event provides credit union professionals and volunteers the chance to raise money for a great cause and have fun doing it.


All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and its clinics around the state, which help kids with disabilities and chronic conditions. Gillette is Minnesota’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) designated hospital.


Additional information available on the event registration formSponsorship opportunities available. With questions, contact MnCU4Kids committee member Marty Kelly.



Fall Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Financial Education Grant Application Closing Friday

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation – with the mission of providing resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive – has a strong commitment to financial education. The Foundation is offering $25,000 in grants to assist Minnesota credit unions in implementing financial education projects.


Minnesota credit unions may partner with non-credit union organizations for grant funding, so long as the project demonstrates a positive impact on a credit union’s community. Applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including credit union value, community impact, collaboration, creativity, and receipt of previous funding.


Applications are being accepted through this Friday, September 23. Grants will be evaluated by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Board of Directors, and recipients will be announced by October 10.


With questions, please contact Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director, Lyndsay Miller.


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