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  1. // Fundraising

    New April Financial Education Initiative Piloted by NCUF & Select State CU Foundations

    Credit unions looking for outreach activities this April, National Financial Literacy Month, have a few new resources to tap into thanks to the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF). The two foundations have developed a new initiative, entitled “Credit Unions Support Financial Education: Leading the Way to Financial Freedom” and is being piloted in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas by state credit union foundations in each state.

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  2. // Youth & Young Adults

    NCUF to Hold “Financial Reality Fair” Wed. at GAC

    For the second year in a row, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) will be holding a Financial Reality Fair on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, DC. A Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students.

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  3. // Emerging Markets

    FinancialEdge Community CU Serving Adults with Barriers to Employment

    Jeremy Coberley, president/CEO of FinancialEdge Community CU, left, and Chris Girard, president/CEO of Do-All Inc., cut the ribbon officially opening the FinancialEdge branch inside Do-All's main facility in Bay City. For phase II of the project, FinancialEdge is opening a branch inside one of Do-All's retail stores. It will be staffed by Do-All trainees.
    By developing a credit union branch inside a thrift store that is operated by people with disabilities, FinancialEdge Community Credit Union in Bay City, Mich. is hoping to better reach the low-income people who live in the Bay City area. FinancialEdge’s project is supported by grants from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and the Michigan Credit Union Foundation.

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  4. // Biz Kid$

    New Biz Kid$ Season Launches on Public Television

    Biz Kid$ returns for a new season – taking a close look at the economy, businesses that give back, and how to make good financial choices. Season 5 launched in January on public television stations around the country. Produced in high-definition, every half-hour episode focuses on a financial theme and profiles inspiring young entrepreneurs and social philanthropists.

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  5. // League Highlights

    New Jersey CUs Celebrate Final Cycle of the Piloted BEST Internship Program

    The group of interns, credit union representatives, and program partners at the recent luncheon
    From the New Jersey Credit Union League – On Wednesday, February 22nd, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) hosted a luncheon at the League office for credit unions, interns, and representatives from the disability community to discuss the experiences of Cycle VII of the Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) internship program. This is the last cycle of the program, which was piloted two years ago in New Jersey. The BEST program is a collaborative project that provides internship opportunities for people with disabilities.

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  6. // REAL Solutions News

    Financial Education: Tips & Tricks for your Credit Union

    Originally posted at CUinsight – Want to make a big impact not only in the lives of your members but your community? One of the many things that set credit unions apart from the competition is their community outreach efforts, particularly with regards to financial education. Whether it be classroom seminars, financial counseling, experiential learning events such as Reality Fairs, and so on, credit unions exist to serve their members and diverse financial education is a key component for membership success.

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  7. // Community Development

    Through VITA Program, CUs Provide Free Tax Help

    From CUNA News Now – More than 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this tax season with an army of volunteers to help low- and moderate-income households with their tax preparation, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Credit unions will be among them.

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  8. // League Highlights

    Illinois Brings Back Real Solutions FiCEP Program

    From CUNA News Now – The REAL Solutions Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) has been brought back to Illinois for a second year with two modifications to allow as many Illinois credit unions as possible to participate in the program, said the Illinois Credit Union League.

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  9. // REAL Solutions News

    Fall 2012 Development Education Training Registration Opens

    Registration is now open for the Fall 2012 Credit Union Development Education (DE) training class taking place September 6-13 in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking.

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  10. // REAL Solutions News

    MCUCD Equipping CUs in Montana with Financial Counseling Knowledge

    With the help of Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (MCUCD), credit unions in the state have embarked on a new program that will give their members access to both certified financial counselors and financial coaches.

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  11. // REAL Solutions News

    In-Depth Report Available – Credit Unions: Focused on Financial Capability Across the Nation

    For the first time, credit unions now have quantitative data to illustrate how the credit union movement is making a difference through financial education and counseling. The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through its REAL Solutions™ program just released a free online report entitled “Credit Unions: Focused on Financial Capability Across the Nation,” which is the result of an almost yearlong data collection effort by NCUF with the help of state credit union leagues

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  12. // Emerging Markets

    What Credit Unions Can Learn From…Supersize Meals?

    According to an interesting new study, low-income consumers are more likely to order bigger portions of food (such as supersize meals) as a way to boost their status. It makes sense right? Typically people buy bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger TVs, etc. because bigger is perceived as better.

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  13. // Biz Kid$

    “Credit Union Donations Can Help Prepare Children” – Biz Kid$ Program Coordinator Writes in CU Times

    This Op-ed piece originally appeared in the 12/14/11 issue of the Credit Union Times:

    It should come as no surprise that financial education is critical and sorely-needed. A survey from The Hartford Financial Services Group found that more than three-quarters of students report that they wish they had more help preparing for their personal finances. Unfortunately, some educators are not providing a financial education course and may be unprepared to teach the subject, according to a report from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. As a result, many lack the confidence to teach it to students.

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  14. // Biz Kid$

    Biz Kid$ Films at Two NY CUs

    In a segment on understanding a line of credit and where they are available, Biz Kid$ recently filmed at Actors Federal Credit Union and Montauk Credit Union in New York, N.Y. The segment was filmed for an episode from Season five of Biz Kid$, which is the Emmy Award winning and credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.

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  15. // League Highlights

    New FiCEP Video from Mississippi CU Association

    The video above was put together by the Mississippi Credit Union Association and will be used to promote their 2012 FiCEP Class and to create a greater awareness for the program. Their 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 league.

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