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  1. // League Highlights

    Michigan’s 2011 CRI Report

    The Community Reinvestment Initiative supports the Michigan Credit Union League’s advocacy efforts through the CRI Report. The report is compiled each year using data from the CRI Survey and outside sources. Distributed to lawmakers during the CUNA GAC and throughout the year, the CRI Report contains information that demonstrates the good work credit unions do in their communities and further promotes the credit union difference.

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  2. // Community Development

    Credit Unions are Big Referrers of I-CAN! E-File This Tax Season

    What is I-CAN!® E-File? It helps people prepare and E-File their taxes and is a service of a non-profit with a mission of providing services to low-income persons and seniors. In a recent e-newsletter, I-CAN!® E-File highlighted their top 20 partners…and many of them (unsurprisingly) are credit unions! Also, note that in the top spot, Montana Free File is a Montana Credit Unions for Community Development initiative.

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  3. // Youth & Young Adults

    FoolProof Video Warns Young Adults About Unwise Spending

    Moving back in with your parents when you’re an adult is no joke, so the consumer advocates who founded FoolProof Financial Education Systems decided to share the Top 10 money moves that will land many back in their old rooms.

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  4. // League Highlights

    Texas Credit Union Foundation Celebrates Financial Literacy Month

    Leveraging grants dollars provided by the Texas Credit Union Foundation (Foundation), the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas (CCCS) will offer 100 free webinars throughout April in honor of Financial Literacy Month. Consumers who attend at least three webinars will have the chance to win one of three $100 gift cards.

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  5. // Youth & Young Adults

    Connecticut Financial Reality Fair Challenges Students, Impresses Dignitaries

    More than 375 students from 10 high schools throughout Connecticut converged at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Conn. for the challenge of living within a budget as if they were striking out on their own Wednesday, March 31st. Over 50 volunteers from Connecticut credit unions and local businesses helped students through the paces of choosing housing, transportation, clothing, entertainment, and dozens of other life areas affecting their lives as young adults.

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  6. // League Highlights

    Investor Education in the Workplace – Video

    In 2010, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association teamed up with the Pennsylvania Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education to pilot the Investor Education in the Workplace program. The pilot included 38 credit unions with over 1,500 employees.

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  7. // Credit Unions

    The Credit Union Difference – Young & Free Spokester Video

    Featuring Young & Free Spokesters from all across North America! Young & Free is a North America wide credit union movement focused on giving young people a voice, a head start and useful information.

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  8. // REAL Solutions News

    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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  9. // REAL Member Stories

    Crash the GAC Attendee Reflects on REAL Solutions

    As part of winning the 2011 REAL Member Solutions Video Contest, Oscar Rivera got to go to GAC in Washington, DC a few weeks ago. While he was there, National Program Director Lois Kitsch took him to speak to the “Crashers,” a group of under 30 CU professionals. Crasher Sean Capaloff-Jones recently blogged about Oscar’s session at the Crash blog.

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  10. // REAL Solutions News

    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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  11. // Payday Lending

    Texas League to Launch Payday Loan Alternative Products

    Fifty-four Texas credit unions will soon have a turnkey payday loan alternative product thanks to the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions program and the Texas Credit Union League.

    The new product will be launched in participating credit unions on March 30, the league said, after the CUs have trained their staff in how to “sensitively” offer the product.

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  12. // Events

    National CU Foundation Holds “Financial Reality Fair” at GAC

    In conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, DC last week, the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) REAL Solutions Program held their first D.C. Financial Reality Fair. A Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students.

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  13. // Credit Unions

    Resource for Understanding Tax Forms

    The module that appears below is meant to inform credit union employees of some of the advantages of understanding tax forms. In particular, it documents three very important attributes of the tax code in the U.S. First, it describes the Earned Income Tax Credit. Second, it explains the Saver’s Credit. And third, it discusses the importance of the tax form for those who want to receive financial aid for college for themselves or their children.

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  14. // Credit Unions

    Tax Time Means CUs Launch Annual VITA Efforts

    Recently, Lois Kitsch, national program manager for REAL Solutions talked to the Credit Union Times about VITA sites. The article was just published and can be found here.

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  15. // League Highlights

    Georgia Credit Union’s 2010 REAL Deal Report

    The following report is from the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, which they distributed it to media, legislators, regulators, Georgia CUs and others. It was released in Oct. of last year.

    Their 2010 REAL Deal Report illustrates the impact Georgia credit unions consistently make on their members and their communities.

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