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Founders' Circle

The Founders' Circle was introduced as a way to raise money to begin The Foundation and help it achieve its goals to promote credit union development, assist with the educational needs of credit union staff and volunteers, support programming to enhance financial literacy, and support the credit union system. Individuals, credit unions, and credit union partners were invited to join the Founders' Circle by making contributions based on specific donor levels. Each level was named after an individual who made an impact in the history of credit unions.


Edward Filene

The Edward A. Filene Level

Edward Filene (1860-1937) was a Boston merchant and philanthropist known as the “father of the credit union movement” in the United States, Filene gave speeches and wrote articles on the credit union idea and stumped the country to meet with credit union organizers, early state credit union leagues, and to win support for a national association.  

  • Capital Credit Union
  • Connexus Credit Union
  • Corporate Central Credit Union
  • FOCUS Credit Union
  • Fox Communities Credit Union
  • Lakeview Credit Union
  • Summit Credit Union
  • J. David & Gretchen Christenson
  • Michael DeGrand In Memoriam of Jim Goebel
  • Ralph & Mary Lou La Macchia In Memoriam of Lee Rogers
  • Brett Thompson
  • Jo Whiting
  • The Wisconsin Credit Union League
  • W.C.U.L. Services Corp.
  • WISCUB Inc.

Roy Bergengren

The Roy F. Bergengren Level

Roy Bergengren (1879-1955) was First Managing Director of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Bergengren was a major credit union organizer who wrote many of the most influential credit union books and advocated for credit union legislation at the state and national levels.   

  • Avestar Credit Union
  • Central City Credit Union
  • Co-op Credit Union
  • Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union
  • Members First Credit Union
  • Neenah Foundry Credit Union
  • P.C.M. Employees Credit Union
  • WESTconsin Credit Union
  • Cathy & Dan Becks
  • Kenneth Beine
  • Mary & Scott Bliss
  • Chris Butler
  • Jim Drogue
  • John & Debra Engel
  • Jay & Leslie Fahl
  • Kevin & Shari Hauser
  • Greg Lentz
  • Mike Mallow
  • Jennifer Schilling
  • Jill Weber

Charles Hyland

The Charles G. Hyland Level

Charles G. Hyland (1892-1973)  was a credit union pioneer and CUNA Founder who organized over 600 credit unions in Wisconsin.    

  • Blackhawk Community Credit Union
  • Bull's Eye Credit Union
  • Co-operative Credit Union
  • County-City Credit Union
  • Empower Credit Union
  • Enterprise Credit Union
  • First Community Credit Union of Beloit
  • Fond du Lac Credit Union
  • Fort Community Credit Union
  • Marathon County Employees Credit Union
  • N.E.W. Credit Union
  • Post Office Credit Union
  • Sheboygan Area Credit Union
  • Shoreline Credit Union
  • Taylor Credit Union
  • University of Wisconsin Credit Union
  • Carol Adler
  • Lora Benrud
  • Robert Carmichael
  • Dennis Degenhardt
  • Ron Eide
  • Tom Knabel
  • Paul Kundert
  • Tom Liebe
  • Patrick Lowney
  • Dave Petit
  • Tom Pinnow
  • Lori Pook
  • Karen Raether
  • Carol Robinson
  • Jim Schrimpf
  • Mary Schultz
  • Michele & Ed Spanbauer
  • Judy Stoikes
  • Jerry Tiedt
  • Bonnie Timm
  • Sharon Tome
  • Les Van Ornum
  • Carla Watson
  • Cliff Williams
  • Sue Winters
  • Dan Wollin
  • Kevin Yaeger
  • Kimberly Youngblood

Additional Founders' Circle Donors

  •  A M Community Credit Union
  • CitizensFirst Credit Union
  • Evergreen Credit Union

  • La Crosse Area Postal Credit Union
  • Madison Area Chapter of Credit Unions
  • Northwestern Mutual Credit Union

  • St. Mary's & Affiliates Credit Union
  • Valley Communities Credit Union