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    REAL Solutions Financial Education Data Collection Update

    In 2011, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and its REAL Solutions® program conducted a comprehensive national study of credit-union provided member financial education to provide state leagues and the broader credit union movement with information that quantifies the extent to which credit unions advance consumer financial literacy and decision-making. Working with state credit union leagues/associations, NCUF’s goal is to provide data that can be used in public awareness-building and related outreach efforts to demonstrate the power of credit union education and counseling initiatives, and to help credit unions implement additional financial education products, tools and programs for members/consumers.

    The data on which this report is based was collected through an online survey of U.S. credit unions. With few exceptions, the inventory consists of a census of the ten largest (as defined by the number of members) affiliated credit unions in each state. A primary objective of the report is to account for the credit-union provided financial education programs, products, and tools available to the greatest proportion of members possible during 2010. Data collection began in March 2011 and will continue through year-end at which point NCUF will refresh its focus toward collecting identical information for financial education provided during 2011. This report is based on information submitted by 576 credit unions from 45 states as of September 9, 2011.

    The report will consist of 8 sections and compilation of case studies and state focused pages.  The sections include:

    • Experiential Learning Programs,
    • Classroom Education,
    • Adult Seminars,
    • Financial Counseling,
    • On-line Games
    • On-line resource centers and tools,
    • In-school branches and
    • Community Partnerships

    Twelve credit union and league case studies are included to provide examples of education programs that have proven successful and can be used to spur ideas and innovations by others.  Case studies include Isabella Credit Union (Michigan), SchoolsFirst Credit Union (California), Rogue Credit Union (Oregon), State Employees Credit Union (North Carolina), HarborOne Credit Union (Massachusetts), Hawaii First Credit Union, Holy Rosary Credit Union (Missouri), Educators Credit Union (Wisconsin) and the Wisconsin, Texas and Michigan Credit Union Leagues. 

    There is a page for every state that tells their story about local financial education efforts.  Each state page can be used as a stand-alone advocacy piece or as part of the whole report.  To view the state pages click on the links below.  The completed financial education report will be available by the end of the year.

    As a reminder, credit unions may use the following URL to access the survey: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/f49dg49018.  Or, you can direct credit unions to simply visit this site at www.realsolutions.coop to access the survey.

    Thank you for all your help!

    State pages completed (click the state name to view)

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