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In the Spotlight: National CUNA Awards

The CUNA Awards celebrate the credit union tradition, and state-level winners will be recognized during the Association’s Annual Convention prior to national judging.

Over the course of the next month, Anthem will delve deeper into the new Awards program.  The fourth article in the series will spotlight the Advocacy Awards for legislative and governmental outreach.  (See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5)

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, the Desjardins Youth & Adult Financial Education Awards and the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award are Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Awards that allow participants to compete first on a state level, with state-level winners proceeding to competition on a national level in three categories. State-level winners are recognized during the Association’s Annual Convention and advance to national judging.

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
Dora Maxwell was a pioneer in the American credit union movement. In the 1920s she served on the first board of directors at the New York State Credit Union League, and in 1931 helped to organize the Credit Union National Extension Bureau which later became the Credit Union National Association. In addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions, Maxwell developed volunteer credit union organizations to help improve the living standards of the poor and needy. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award was established to encourage credit union and chapter involvement in community projects and activities.

Download the 2011 Dora Maxwell entry packet. The deadline to return entries is June 15.

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award
Louise Herring was dubbed “the mother of credit unions” by the Ohio general assembly. She believed that the role of the credit union was to provide a means to achieve economic justice for all. Herring was an outspoken advocate for women, minorities and the poor. The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award formally recognizes credit unions that demonstrate in an extraordinary way the practical application of credit union philosophy. Philosophy in action is what distinguishes credit unions from other financial service providers. Our philosophy and the way we put it into practice is the heart of the credit union difference.

Download the 2011 Louise Herring entry packet. The deadline to return entries is June 15.

Desjardins Youth & Adult Financial Education Awards
The Desjardins Awards were created to recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages. The recognition program considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and nonmembers, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching using proprietary materials and curricula such as the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) as well as financial literacy leadership efforts. Naming the award after Alphonse Desjardins emphasizes the movement's long-time commitment to youth. Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school credit unions, known as caisses scolaires.

Download the 2011 Desjardins Youth Award entry packet.

Download the 2011 Desjardins Adult Award entry packet.

The deadline to return entries is June 15.

 

Questions? Contact Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814, jalston@nwcua.org.

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