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Recognition for REAL Solutions®


Collectively, Wisconsin credit unions have received seven top awards in seven years for their efforts to help their members and communities. Awards were achieved in:



For Corporate Citizenship. Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine honored credit unions' community involvement that includes advancing the Stock the Shelves food drive that supports 108 food pantries statewide; year-round financial literacy efforts that encourage regular saving and responsible borrowing; and securing state legislation doubling their own charitable giving capacity.



Credit unions also received six consecutive Wisconsin Financial Literacy Awards, presented by the Governor's Council on Financial  Literacy. The accolade recognizes innovative efforts to improve the financial well-being of Wisconsin citizens. Honors were captured in:



For the Investor Education in Your Workplace program.TM The program grew from its pilot phase with Wisconsin credit unions (called RP3, which was honored in 2010) to bring investment training to additional companies in Wisconsin and at least 10 other states. In Wisconsin, 5,476 learners from 80 credit unions and 24 Wisconsin businesses completed 60,000 hours of investment training. With the program's expected expansion to additional states, it now has the potential to stimulate many millions of dollars in new investing nationwide. Participants have achieved as much as 40% improvements in investment knowledge and as much as 50% improvements in behavior, such as contributing regularly to a 401(k) or other retirement account;



For Money MissionTM, the online financial literacy game - accessed through credit union websites - that teaches teens basic money management concepts and offers them opportunities to win college scholarships.



For the RP3 (Real Progress and Pathways to Prosperity) program, now known as the Investor Education in Your WorkplaceTM program (see above). The online investment training program taught 3,520 credit union employees statewide the basics of investing so that they can encourage more investing on the part of Wisconsin's 2.2 million credit union members. Another 14 of those graduates completed 50+ hours of advanced training to become CFEd® Certified Financial Educators. They are now better equipped to teach basic investing year-round within their communities. And, they are helping involve additional Wisconsin companies in the same basic, 10-hour online investment education program they intitially completed as part of the Investor Education in Your WorkplaceTM program (see above).



For in-school credit union branches operated by students from the elementary grades through high school. Because the branches do not primarily focus on lending, they do not drive profits. Rather, they aim to teach a lifelong habit of saving. Youth-run credit union branches have been lauded as a “best practice” for youth financial education



For the brass|STUDENT PROGRAM, the free lifestyle money magazine sent free to any Wisconsin public high school that requests it. The program includes online tools for teachers and students that support state financial literacy standards. 405 teachers  at 350 schools are primary contacts to receive the publicationNearly all (96%) of the Wisconsin teachers using brass say the program is somewhat or very useful, 82% use it as a classroom tool and 98% want to continue using it.



For the overall REAL Solutions® initiative, which teaches families to save and build wealth. The effort extends services to members and communities without regard for profit.

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