The Pulse | 06-21-2018

Volume 7, Issue 24.5



Credit Union to Show Cooperative Impact During 2018 CU Forward Day

CU Forward Day is a statewide day of credit union kindness. Held on Columbus Day, credit unions are encouraged to participate by selecting a giveback opportunity that means the most to their staff and community. In the past, credit union staff have spent the day delivering gift baskets to local law enforcement, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, hosting a community shred day, volunteering for park cleanup, helping at a local food shelf, and much more.


The Minnesota Credit Union Network coordinates involvement, provides best practices and resources, and organizes media coverage throughout the state.


During the 2017 CU Forward Day, 37 Minnesota credit unions and partners dedicated 12,224 volunteer hours in 80 Minnesota communities, with an estimated impact on more than 33,574 people.


“CU Forward Day is an opportunity to demonstrate the powerful impact of the cooperative credit union movement and the people helping people philosophy,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “I look forward to seeing the creative ways credit unions engage with their communities during the 2018 event.”


MnCUN has contacted the designated project coordinator for 2017 CU Forward Day participants. If your credit union did not participate in 2017, and would like more information, or to designate a project coordinator, please contact MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.



We Want to Hear from You – Take the MnCUN Communications Survey

We at the Minnesota Credit Union Network continually evaluate our programs and services to best serve credit unions and their employees throughout the state. To ensure our print and digital communications provide the most value, MnCUN is asking for your feedback.


To have your perspective included, please complete the 2018 Communications Survey by Wednesday, July 20. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


With questions about MnCUN publications, please 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.




NYIB Conference Bringing Financial Educators Together

Gain new insights and tools on youth financial literacy by attending the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) conference. Attendees will have the chance to network with their peers and gain knowledge from nationally recognized speakers, while engaging in breakout sessions to optimize learning opportunities. The 2018 conference will take place July 23 through 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Full conference details and registration are available on the NYIB website.


The NYIB maintains standardized reporting of credit union financial education presentations to youth, connects and recognizes financial educators, and provides youth savings programs.


Fall Foundation Fundraiser: Save the Date

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation will be hosting a Fall Fundraising Event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul.


Funds raised will support grant-making in the areas of financial education, professional development, disaster relief, and other initiatives that fit within the MnCUF mission.


Focused on financial education and professional development initiatives, MnCUF is dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. MnCUF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1969 that serves as a charitable arm of the Minnesota credit union movement.


For more information and registration will be available soon. Watch The Pulse and for more details.



Financial Education Grant Application Open Through July 31

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Financial Education Grants support credit unions’ implementation of financial education projects. Grant applications are evaluated by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Board of Directors and evaluated on factors such as credit union value, community impact, collaboration, and creativity.


Financial education initiatives may include projects in the following areas:


  • Community financial capability outreach programs
  • Financial education curriculum
  • Financial experiential learning programs – such as reality fairs, in-school branches, etc.

This year, there will be one extended grant application period rather than two shorter application periods. Applications are being accepted through July 31 and awarded in late August. Applications are available on the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation website.


With questions, please contact the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.

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

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