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REAL Focus: program announcements, education, shout-outs


Although this cold weather persists, credit unions can bask in some great achievements here in Wisconsin and warm up to some great development opportunities coming up this spring:

Chad Helminak, League VP of Credit Union Development


Upcoming development opportunities


Here are a few new and timely items that we'd like to bring to your attention. As part of your community outreach efforts, please consider:


  • Attending NCBA's Co-op Talks event in Madison. The National Cooperative Business Association is hosting a free event on March 11 on CUNA Campus to highlight the cooperative model and discuss the value credit unions and other businesses can realize by partnering with local co-ops.


  • Alerting your partner schools to new funding. $250,000 in Financial Literacy Grants is now available to enhance any number of creative efforts that schools are using to teach personal finance, perhaps with your credit union. The application deadline is March 21.



  • Sponsoring a teacher to attend the 2014 summer workshops in Madison that, in turn, help to improve the financial literacy of tens of thousands of Wisconsin students.


April is a big month for financial education!

Showcase Wisconsin credit unions' REAL Solutions!

Don’t forget, credit unions can link to or order hard copies of the Scorecard, the advocacy piece that showcases the tremendous help for members and communities that comes from credit unions’ cooperative structure. Considering sharing them, and communicating about the Credit Union Difference, as part of your annual meeting! Contact Cathy Bosch while quantities last.


Wisconsin credit unions put a great amount of effort into providing financial education year-round, but April has always been a month to showcase those efforts and bring greater awareness to the continuing need for improved financial literacy. With that in mind, we'd encourage your credit union to:


  • Help students and teachers get involved in Brass' financial literacy social media contest#brassmoneymonth. During each week in April, students and teachers will be encouraged to take pictures featuring different financial topics and posting them to Instagram for the chance to win prizes. Credit unions are encouraged to spread the word and get involved with this cool contest! 


  • Hold a "Financial Fitness" Day on April 2The event offers members action steps to improve their finances (or another campaign) and asks for a financial donation to support continued financial education efforts. Funds raised are split 50/50 by the National Credit Union Foundation and Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation.


  • Involve members in Money Smart Week, April 5-12, a nationwide financial education campaign. Credit unions can sign on as program partners and tap a free kit to participate. It’s a great opportunity for outreach to students, new Americans, single parents, and young working families in their prime borrowing years.



Big shout-outs!


I wanted to again recognize the recent winners of the 2013 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Awards. Honors went to Altra Federal, CoVantage and Royal Credit Unions, as well as Heather Hill and Errin Schleusner from Royal’s Balsam Lake branch, who were acknowledged individually for the $chool $ense program. Congrats!


UW Credit Union was also acknowledged recently by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB cited UW’s efforts offering low-cost financial products to students as an example of the right way to do things. These kinds of efforts go a long way when it comes to our ongoing regulatory advocacy.


As always, please contact me with any questions regarding these items.

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