Help us salute the 2017 Wisconsin winners of the Dora Maxwell Award, which recognizes social responsibility.
This award - which highlights charitable work, community outreach and volunteerism - is named after Dora Maxwell, an early credit union pioneer who organized hundreds of credit unions, developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with organizations to help people in need.
- Royal Credit Union - First place ($1 billion+ in assets). The credit union's annual run/walk raised $50,000 over the past two years for a nature reserve offering a nature center, youth camp, science center and observatory. Overall the event has raised $227,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs, shelters, mentoring, food pantries and more. Each year the credit union publicly highlights the work of the recipient charity. Since 2003 Royal also offers free office space for low-income free tax preparation assistance. More than 600 members comprise a volunteer program that provides 45,000 hours each year to local projects, and additional paid time by staff is spent helping community events coordinated by RCU's Community Engagement Department. Each year more than $120,000 is allocated to help programs deemed worthy by RCU's 25 branches. The funds have benefited libraries, YMCAs, schools, museums, family resource centers and more. RCU also donates $250 for every 500 deposits students made in its in-school branches. A Future U.S. Entrepreneurs (FUSE) program helps young people develop business plans, and a half-day reality fair helps students try a career and explore life's financial challenges. RCU also helps a community partner provide a four-week basic money class to prison inmates in three Wisconsin counties.
- Taylor Credit Union - First place ($50-$250 million in assets). The credit union raised more than $3,000 for the local Literacy Council by offering members the chance to buy bundles of books for the organization and making cash donations for books to take home. A Dr. Seuss theme was used to decorate the credit union's offices and various levels of staff (front line, management, CEO, etc.) colored their hair blue for a day as different fundraising goals were met. The Literacy Council and the credit union gained high visibility on social and local media. An additional $3,700 was raised by staff for a retreat program for military members and their families, the police K-9 program, Children's Miracle Network hospitals and a local walk to fund cancer research.
- Badger-Globe Credit Union - First place ($50 million and under in assets). The credit union raises funds for Special Olympics, Crime Stoppers, Honor Flight and programs for the homeless, suicide prevention, the local library and food pantries. Additional contributions have helped diaper drives, school supply and book drives, breast cancer research, a pet pantry, a post-prom event, hospice caregiving and the local American Legion and Kiwanis Club. The credit union has received a Platinum Award from United Way Fox Cities every year since 2000 for employee contributions and participation. Employees are active in additional fundraising runs/walks, holiday bell ringing, and other fundraisers combating childhood diseases, domestic violence and much more. The staff, board and members also raised $800 in February for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Winners receive a plaque and are honored on social media, at a chapter meeting and at The League's annual Convention. Winners also receive assistance to share news about their accolade with local media, as awards are an excellent opportunity to create awareness about the value of belonging to a member-owned financial cooperative.
All first-place winners are submitted to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) for national-level award judging, for their chance to be honored at CUNA's 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.