The Pulse 09-21-2017

Volume 6, Issue 38.5



2017 International Credit Union Day: "Dreams Thrive Here"

International Credit Union (ICU) Day® celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement.  The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement's history, promote its achievements, recognize the hard work and share member experiences.  International Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948.

The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more engaged. The day of festivities for credit unions and financial cooperatives globally include fundraisers, open houses, contests, picnics and parades.

The 2017 International Credit Union (ICU) Day® theme — "Dreams Thrive Here" illustrates how credit union and other financial cooperatives serve as catalysts to make different professions, personal choices and career paths real.

ICU Day resources are available through the Credit Union National Association and the World Council of Credit Unions.

To report 2017 International Credit Union Day activities, please email MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.




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.



Upcoming P2P Sessions, Professional Development Opportunities

Credit union professionals are encouraged to join their peers at the upcoming Minnesota Credit Union Network Peer-to-Peer (P2P) meetings.


A full list of upcoming P2P sessions can be found on the MnCUN calendar online. Please note, the Life Simulation will be taking the place of the fall Crew and Financial Educators P2P sessions.



Credit Unions for Kids Bowl-O-Rama Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Join the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) committee for the annual Bowl-O-Rama on Wednesday, October 25 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.


Registration and sponsorship options available on the event registration form. With questions, contact MnCU4Kids committee member Marty Kelly.



Fall Financial Education Grant Application Closing Sept. 30

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) Financial Education Grants support credit unions’ implementation of financial education projects. Half of the Foundation’s annual budget is dedicated to financial education grants. 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.


Examples of financial education projects/initiatives include:


  • establishing an in-school branch
  • hosting seminars on credit, debt, budgeting, etc., for members of the community
  • teaching financial literacy classes in local schools
  • partnering with a community organization to teach personal finance skills
  • coordinating retirement or estate planning workshops
  • supplying local schools with financial education curriculum

Grant guidelines and restrictions:


  • Products/services that exclusively benefit a credit union’s membership are not eligible for funding.
  • Grants may not be used for salaries, pass-through funding, or incentive payments.
  • 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.
  • Repeated requests from previous grant recipients will be permitted, however, new project grant applicants will receive priority.

The application can be found online. Apply by Sept. 30 to be considered for a grant. With questions, please contact the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Andrea Molnau.

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