The Pulse | 03-22-2018

Volume 7, Issue 12.5



MnCUN Partnering with Jump$tart Coalition to Offer Life Simulation

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is partnering with Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition to offer a Life Simulation during the coalition’s upcoming event. Geared toward financial educators, the April 26 event will provide tools to promote healthy saving, spending, and borrowing when money is tight.


During the three-hour activity, participants will be grouped into “families” struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four fifteen-minute weeks. Each participant will play a unique role within the family. These simulated families will visit a variety of booths, including a school, employer, pawn shop and payday lender. Through the exercise, educators will encounter events and financial crises faced by many low-income Americans, including eviction, loss of utilities, lack of reliable transportation, crime, and the moment-to-moment stress of making ends meet. After the exercise, participants will share ways their organizations can best serve families living under financial stress.


The Minnesota Jump$tart is part of the national Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy, which brings together individuals and organizations to improve the personal financial literacy of Minnesota’s Youth. The Coalition hosts an annual event or conference in April in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month. Other events and activities have included networking events for partners, webinars for young adults, scholarships for teachers to attend the national conference, a young adult mentoring program, and more.


Registration for this free event is available online. To represent your credit union as a volunteer during the life simulation, contact MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet by email or by phone at 651-288-5503.




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 Director of Communications Laura Whittet.




Financial Counseling Certification Available

In partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation (The Foundation), the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is providing financial counseling training and certification to credit union staff through the Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP).


As a central part of its mission to provide resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive, MnCUF has generously committed funding to support the cost of the webinars and training, along with onsite facilities. Cost per participant is $429 which covers the individual workbooks and testing. Participants that complete the 8-module program will earn the Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation.


The MnCUF program begins May 23. Registration is available online through Friday, April 20.


Additional details and full event dates are available on the Foundation website. With questions, contact Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau by email or by phone at 651-288-5527.



Support Credit Union Member Scholarships, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare at the Annual Conference

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. The committees of the foundation, the Foundation Scholarship Council and Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids, will be hosting events at the MnCUN 2018 Annual Conference to support their respective missions.


Foundation Scholarship Council Silent Auction

Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC), will be hosting their annual silent auction throughout the Annual Conference. One hundred percent of the funds raised during the silent auction go to Minnesota credit union members who are looking to further their education. Since 1997, the FSC has reviewed 14,905 applications and awarded $176,500 in scholarships to 315 credit union members. Information about contributing silent auction items and monetary donations to the FSC is available online.


Minnesota CU4Kids Mingle for Miracle

Scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, the Mingle for Miracles event provides a networking opportunity for credit union professionals, volunteers, and vendors as well as a chance to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, which helps kids with disabilities and chronic conditions. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., attendees are invited to participate in friendly casino gaming, prize drawings, and light appetizers. Participation is free and open to all Annual Conference registrants and exhibitors. Information about sponsorship opportunities for Mingle for Miracles is available on the event flyer.


While both of these committees focus on different initiatives, they share the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s goal of helping credit unions and communities to flourish and grow. As you prepare for the 2018 Annual Meeting, remember to include these events on your schedule. 

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