Showcasing credit union efforts that create awareness and foster
Gain recognition for the ways your credit union helps members and
your community! By August 11, 2014 enter any one of three awards
programs sponsored by The League and CUNA that honor credit unions of
several asset sizes for their efforts in outstanding member service,
community involvement and youth education.
All first-place winners within their state will advance to compete
nationally against other first-place credit union winners in their asset
category from around the country. National first-place winners will then
be honored guests at the Credit Union National Association's
Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2015.
Read about each of the award programs below, download entry
forms below. If you have any questions or would like further
information on the award programs, contact Chad Helminak at (608)
Description: This award recognizes credit unions
that make extraordinary efforts through their internal services and
programs that embrace the credit union difference.
Who should enter: Credit unions could receive an award
for programs or policies that demonstrate their commitment to the
practical application of the "People-Helping-People" philosophy. Sample
Louise Herring Award activities include, but are not limited to:
• Services for members with unique financial needs, such as
savings clubs for children or discounts for senior citizens, or other
extraordinary efforts to serve the membership.
• Counseling for members facing financial difficulties.
• Educational seminars for members on retirement planning, car
buying, budgeting or college financing.
• Efforts to educate members on the credit union difference.
Description: This award honors credit
unions for the charitable work and external programs that benefit their
Who should enter: Credit
unions could receive an award for involvement in almost any kind of
activity that helps other people or strengthens the structure of a
community. Sample Dora Maxwell Award activities include, but are not
• Helping solve core community problems, such as housing,
transportation, hunger, or literacy.
• Food, clothing, or school supply drives for the needy.
• Raising money on behalf of charitable organizations, such as the
United Way or Credit Unions for Kids®.
• Helping an organization or agency with events or projects, such
as coaching a Special Olympics team.
• Tutoring or reading to students at a local school.
• Sponsoring a community volunteer of the year award.
Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education
Awards for individual credit unions AND chapters/groups
Description: This award recognizes
credit unions and credit union chapters/groups for their
outstanding involvment in either youth or adult financial education.
Who should enter: Credit
unions or chapters/groups of credit unions could receive
an award for involvement in almost any kind of activity that raises
awareness and marshals resources on behalf of financial literacy. Sample
Desjardins Award activities include, but are not limited to:
Classroom presentation series
Credit prerequisite course
NEFE HSFPP instruction for underserved group
Online personal finance curriculum
Live group budgeting simulation
Special savers or borrowers club
Peer-to-peer financial counseling
Group seminar or webinar
Online Q&A with expert
Instruction of underserved group
Presentation series to SEG group
Instruction at personal finance events
One-on-one financial counseling or credit report