The Pulse 11-09-17

Volume 6, Issue 44.5



Minnesota’s Credit Unions Host Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-Operatives

This week, four credit unions in Minnesota and the Minnesota Credit Union Network hosted representatives from 12 credit unions in Kenya, where they are known as SACCOs or Savings and Credit Cooperatives.

This visit, coordinated in partnership with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), was part of a program designed to explore the operational environment for credit unions in the United States and witness first-hand how they serve and support their communities.

“One of our goals in the meeting between Minnesota’s credit unions and the delegation from Kenya was to highlight credit unions that have noteworthy examples of innovation, successful products and services, community engagement efforts, and initiatives that set them apart from other financial institutions,” said WOCCU Program manager Thomas Belekevich. “Additionally, the meeting was an opportunity to strengthen connections between financial cooperatives around the world through a two-way exchange of ideas about the shared challenges we face.”

During the trip to the United States, the SACCO representatives visited the Minnesota Credit Union Network, Hiway Federal Credit Union, SPIRE Credit Union, Wings Financial Credit Union, and Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union.




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.




Year-End Webinar Sale: Buy 2 recorded webinars, get 1 free

For a limited time, credit unions can order two recorded webinars and receive the third one free through the Credit Union Webinar Network. Each recorded webinar includes a free digital download, handouts, and the speaker's email address for follow-up questions.

To take advantage of this deal, complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the Credit Union Webinar Network online
  2. Choose any two recorded webinars and add them to your cart
  3. Find a third topic for your free webinar and make a note of the date and title (do not add it to your cart)
  4. Choose "Shopping Cart" on the right side of the screen and proceed to checkout.
  5. Either sign in or checkout without an account. If checking out without an account, enter the required information
  6. On the next screen, choose your payment method
  7. The Order Review screen has a comments box at the bottom. In the comments box, enter the date and title of your free webinar
  8. Confirm payment to finish checkout (Note: The free webinar will not appear on your confirmation)

Offer expires Nov. 30, 2017. Sale limited to recorded webinars and new orders only. May not be used with other coupons or discount offers. Program content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual financial institution's use only.



The team from City & County Credit Union
received 1st place at the Bowl-O-Ram


Recently, the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) committee held their 10th annual Bowl-O-Rama fundraiser for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Minnesota’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The event raised a total of $8,396 with 23 teams and 109 bowlers representing credit unions and their partners from around the state.

"The credit union philosophy of people helping people is a culture that makes us unique. Events like the Bowl-O-Rama are a great opportunity to show of that compassionate culture,” said Firefly Credit Union Financial Education Specialist Geoff Bullock. “As a parent who has benefitted from Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare I can’t think of a worthier cause.”

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. For additional way to support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare through Minnesota CU4Kids, see the Support Bundle online.



Minnesota Credit Union Foundation Provides Free and Customizable Financial Education App

The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is excited to provide credit unions with a financial literacy tool targeting school age children, ages 2-12.


The MnCUF has partnered with HT Mobile Apps to bring their financial education platform, Member Jr., to Minnesota. Through this partnership, MnCUF offers a Foundation branded MnCU Jr. App to members throughout the state at no charge. The Foundation also has great options for credit unions to brand the application at discounted rates.


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 each credit union to work within their budget. View a video overview of app features. Sign up at Please contact Andrea Molnau, Executive Director, with questions.

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

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