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|The Pulse 11-10-16|
Volume 5, Issue 45.5
Five Minn. credit unions receive national recognition for community involvement, financial education efforts
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) recently announced that five Minnesota credit unions received national recognition in 2016 through the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Awards and Desjardins Financial Education Awards programs. These awards recognize credit union excellence in community service and financial literacy initiatives.
Award entries from SPIRE Credit Union ( Falcon Heights), North Star Credit Union (Cook), Ideal Credit Union (Woodbury), United Educators Credit Union (Apple Valley), and Firefly Credit Union (Burnsville) received recognition for placing in the national awards program.
“Across the state, Minnesota’s credit unions are developing programs to support and improve their communities,” said Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark Cummins. “I am proud to see these credit unions recognized for their efforts.”
A summary of the award-winning entries follows:
Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award was created in 1987 and recognizes credit unions for the activities they coordinate that benefit the community or a specific charity. This award promotes social responsibility among credit unions by formally recognizing their achievements outside the credit union.
Desjardins Financial Education Award
The Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards formally recognize the leadership of individual credit unions in their efforts to educate youth and adults in financial literacy.
Award-winning entries will be on display at CUNA’s 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference, February 26 through March 2, in Washington, D.C., and award winners will be honored during a CUNA Awards Recognition Reception on Wednesday, March 1.
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.
The Crew is a group for young professionals – under 40 years old - working in the credit union movement in Minnesota. The Minnesota Credit Union Network hosts special sessions for Crew members at major MnCUN events as well as standalone Crew education sessions, happy hours, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The Minnesota Credit Union Network is looking for the next Crew Ambassador and seeking members for the Crew Advisory Group.
The 2017 MnCUN Crew Ambassador application and the Crew Advisory Group Application are open now through Thursday, December 22. Applications for the Crew Ambassador position you will automatically be considered for the Crew Advisory Group unless otherwise noted in the application.
With questions, contact MnCUN Crew Liaison Laura Whittet by email or by phone at (651)288-5503.
The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) has collaborated with the University of Minnesota Extension to develop a statewide Biz Kid$ Train the Trainer workshop. Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative that includes an award-winning TV series, free financial literacy curriculum, outreach activities, a website and a social media presence targeting children nine to 16 years old. Its focus is to help kids make and manage money. The program is supported by a grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).
BizKid$ Producer, Jamie Hammond, as well as Danielle Brown, Development & Donor Relations Director with the National Credit Union Foundation and BizKid$ Coordinator, participated in the webinar, providing background on BizKid$, and commentary on episodes and on the accompanying curriculum.
Extension educators who participated in the webinar will receive a BizKid$ starter kit, and commit to identifying partners within their community that are focused on youth financial education to present Biz Kid$ to the organization’s front-line staff, and to youth audiences from different demographic backgrounds across the state of Minnesota.
Credit unions interested in partnering with U of M Ext. coordinators in these efforts should contact Executive Director, Lyndsay Miller.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its 2016 Financial Literacy Report. The report describes the CFPB’s initiatives assisting consumers in navigating the marketplace and building financial well-being. The report also contains a consolidated reference list of the CFPB’s financial literacy tools, publications and reports.