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    SchoolsFirst FCU Case Study Released from REAL Solutions Financial Education Report

    We’ve just released the first 1-page case study from the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF)forthcoming national report from NCUF showing how the credit union movement is making a difference through financial education and counseling. This case study on Schoolsfirst Federal Credit Union is from the section of the report on classroom presentations.

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    First State Pages Released from Forthcoming REAL Solutions Financial Education Report

    KS, IL & DE Pages Show how CU’s Financial Education Efforts are Making a Difference in their State

    Three state pages were released from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and will be part of a forthcoming national report from NCUF showing how the credit union movement is making a difference through financial education and counseling. The Delaware, Illinois, and Kansas pages were put together from data collected by NCUF for its 2011 Credit Union Member Education Inventory.

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    NCUF Program Director Lois Kitsch Interviewed on CUBroadcast



    NCUF REAL Solutions Program Director Lois Kitsch was recently interviewed by Mike Lawson from CUBroadcast. She talked about REAL Solutions, her experiences when working at the World Council of Credit Unions, and much more.

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    Preliminary Data from Survey Show CUs are Strong Financial Education Providers

    Credit Unions Still Have Time to Complete the Survey Credit unions are making a difference through financial education. For example in 2010, 200 credit unions reached 182,000 students through classroom presentations and over a million people were provided financial counseling or advice. This is from preliminary data collected by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), which has been collecting data for its 2011 Credit Union Member Education Inventory.

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    CUs Encouraged to Apply for NCUF Financial Education Grants

    Credit union organizations can now apply for new Financial Education Grants from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through June 30. NCUF’s annual grant program was formerly known as “Innovation Grants,” but has been updated this year to realign with the Foundation’s new focus on financial education.

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    REMINDER: Credit Unions – Please Complete our Financial Education Survey

    The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is collecting data for its 2011 Credit Union Member Education Inventory. Sponsored by state credit union leagues and NCUF’s REAL Solutions program, the data and information gathered from credit unions will enable the credit union movement to demonstrate the power of financial education and counseling on the lives of members and communities across the country.

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    Attn: Credit Unions – Please Complete our Financial Education Survey

    The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is now collecting data for its 2011 Credit Union Member Education Inventory. Sponsored by state credit union leagues and NCUF’s REAL Solutions program, the data and information gathered from credit unions will enable the credit union movement to demonstrate the power of financial education and counseling on the lives of members and communities across the country.

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    Illinois CUs Begin FiCEP Program

    More than 20 individuals from Illinois credit unions are participating in the REAL Solutions Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP), as a result of support from the Illinois Credit Union (ICU) Foundation.

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    REAL Solutions, CUNA & Leagues Partner to Offer Financial Counseling Training to CUs

    An enhanced version of the Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) is available to credit union staff thanks to a collaboration between the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions® effort, Credit Union National Association’s Center for Professional Development (CUNA CPD), and the Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Virginia credit union leagues.

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    REAL Solutions Summer Meeting – Albuquerque, NM

    It’s official! Our summer 2010 REAL Solutions Field Coach & League Liaison meeting is set for August 25th-26th in beautiful Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico. To ensure you don’t miss one minute of the amazing sessions we have planned, please plan to arrive prior to the working lunch on August 25th at 12 Noon and depart anytime Friday, August 27th, 2010.

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    The 411 with REAL Solutions Field Coaches

    We asked our field coaches to tell us about an interesting REAL Solutions project they’re working on. Here’s what they told us:

    Mark Lynch is working with the Massachusetts League and two credit unions in that state to build a partnership with their Brazilian community. Specifically, he says...

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    Bucky Sebastian – Joining the National Credit Union Foundation

    Bucky Sebastian - Photo Credit: Widoff Photography

    After two weeks of much-needed vacation, I am happily back in my REAL Solutions seat. By far the most exciting news upon my return was the one announcing the NCUF Board’s decision to hire Bucky Sebastian as the new NCUF Executive Director.

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  13. // Loans & Credit

    Four More Free Webinars – Steer Clear of Predatory Car Loans

    Vehicle lending is credit unions “bread and butter”. Yet many credit unions have not discovered that serving borrowers with poor or thin file credit scores can be a great business opportunity. Credit unions that have balanced risk with pricing have successfully reached hundreds of low-wealth consumers while building reserves for the institution.

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    Steve Bosack Joins Chairman Matz as Chief of Staff

    The following is a news release issued yesterday by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announcing Steve Bosack’s return to the agency as Chairman Debbie Matz’ chief of staff.

    Steve served as my deputy here at NCUF for four years and was one of the most dedicated, responsible, and professionally astute people that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. While this is clearly a loss for NCUF, it is a great opportunity for Steve and a gain for the broader credit union movement.

    All our best to Steve and a thanks for a job well done, and a big job yet to do!

    NCUA Media Release: Steve Bosack Joins NCUA as Chief of Staff

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