REAL Solutions - Home tag:realsolutions.coop,2014:mephisto/ Mephisto Noh-Varr 2014-01-30T16:32:02Z Christopher Morris 2014-01-30T06:00:00Z 2014-01-30T16:32:02Z CUs Encouraged to Apply for NCUF Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/Biz%20Kid$/BizKid$0907-webresrgb.JPG" width="125"></div> Credit union organizations can now apply for new Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through March 31, 2014. <A href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/programs/bizkids/bizkids_grants/bizkids_grants.aspx"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/Biz Kid$/bizkids_grant_button.jpg" alt="Click to Apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant" border="0" align="right"/></A><p>Credit union organizations can now apply for Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through March 31, 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is a need to improve the financial literacy skills of the youth in America and Biz Kid$ is the perfect vehicle to address that need,&rdquo; said Danielle Brown, Director of Development &amp; Donor Relations for NCUF. &ldquo;We are looking to fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program and encourage you to apply.&rdquo;</p> <p>The application can be <a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/programs/bizkids/bizkids_grants/bizkids_grants.aspx">found here</a> or by visiting ncuf.coop&gt;Foundation Programs&gt;Biz Kid$&gt;Apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant.</p> <p><strong>Grants Aligned with Biz Kid$</strong><br /> Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website (<a href="http://www.bizkids.com/">bizkids.com</a>) targeting children 9 – 16 years old.  NCUF is responsible for the fundraising and outreach of the program, and a coalition of over 300 credit unions and affiliates from across the country have helped exclusively fund Biz Kid$. The number one goal of the Biz Kid$ financial literacy initiative is to teach kids from upper elementary through high school to understand and incorporate the skills they need to successfully manage their financial lives. The goal of NCUF&rsquo;s Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants is to extend the reach of the series beyond broadcast into the community.  </p> <p><strong>What the Grants Fund</strong><br /> Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants may be used to fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program. Projects may engage teachers, students, education leaders, local PBS stations, or community stakeholders through events, activities, and/or curriculum distribution. Each project should create innovative and engaging activities incorporating Biz Kid$ materials. The overall grant objective is to engage the credit union movement in using Biz Kid$ and its curriculum to build students financial literacy and economic education skills while increasing awareness and usage of Biz Kid$. Funds may not be used as a cash donation to a third party.</p> <p><strong>Eligibility Requirements</strong><br /> Eligible applicants include credit unions, CUSOs, state credit union associations, state credit union foundations, and any other organizations owned or controlled by credit unions.</p> <p>Questions about Biz Kid$ or the grant process can be directed to Danielle Brown at (608) 556-2406 or via email at <a href="mailto:dbrown@ncuf.coop">dbrown@ncuf.coop</a>. </p> <img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/Biz%20Kid$/BizKid$0907-webresrgb.JPG" width="150" hspace="5" vspace="5" border="0" align="right" /> <p><strong>Biz Kid$ &#8211; Teaching Kids about Money &amp; Business</strong><br /> Many credit unions leverage <em>Biz Kid$</em> to teach financial education in schools in their community. In addition to NCUF&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/programs/bizkids/support_bizkid$/support_bizkid$.aspx"> box sets and starter kits</a>, companion materials and other resources for teachers and parents are available at no cost on the <em>Biz Kid$</em> website, <a href="http://www.bizkids.com">www.bizkids.com</a>. The site also features clips from the series and invites kids to appear on the show.</p> <p><em>Biz Kid$</em> has continually garnered attention in and outside of the credit union industry. In its five seasons, <em>Biz Kid$ </em>has garnered thirteen Emmy nominations—winning twice—and rang the closing bell ceremonies at both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ Exchange in conjunction with National Financial Literacy Month. <em>Biz Kid$</em> also recently earned the Parent&rsquo;s Choice Gold Award. In 2010, it also won the credit union industry&rsquo;s most prestigious honor, the Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program.</p> <p>For more information about <em>Biz Kid$,</em> <a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/programs/bizkids/bizkids.aspx">click here</a>.</p> Christopher Morris 2013-12-19T06:00:00Z 2013-12-20T20:58:20Z NCUF’s Non-Prime Auto Lending Program to be Tested in Filene’s Accessible Financial Services Incubator <p><img src="http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2013/09/25/11161968/Secondary%20Logo%20Full%20Name%20Color.png" align="right" width="75"> The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) announced today that the Filene Research Institute will test its non-prime auto lending program in Filene’s new accessible financial services incubator. Funded by a $700,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the incubator will test, package and scale innovative, viable financial products that benefit low-and-moderate-income US consumers.</p> <DIV ALIGN="center"><img src="http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2013/09/25/11161968/Secondary%20Logo%20Full%20Name%20Color.png" width="150"></div> The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) announced today that the Filene Research Institute will test <a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/assets/2011/10/11/NonPrimeAutoLoans-Toolkit-aug2011.pdf">its non-prime auto lending program</A> in Filene’s new accessible financial services incubator. Funded by a $700,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the incubator will test, package and scale innovative, viable financial products that benefit low-and-moderate-income US consumers.<BR><BR>The non-prime auto lending program by the National Credit Union Foundation helps consumers gain access to reliable transportation which allows for increased access to jobs, housing, schools and activities. Many credit-challenged consumers lack reliable transportation and this program helps lenders fairly price and manage non-prime auto loans, incorporating the LIFT idea introduced by Filene i3. <BR><BR> “We searched nationwide to find financial products that are innovative in ways that benefit low-and-moderate-income consumers,” said Cynthia Campbell, director of innovation labs at Filene. “Chosen from more than 20 submissions, NCUF’s non-prime auto lending program shows promise of doing just that.” <BR><BR> <A href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/news/subnews/non-prime_auto.aspx"><B>&gt; Click to Continue Reading</b></a> Christopher Morris 2013-11-20T12:00:00Z 2013-11-20T21:12:46Z NCUF Exec Director Gigi Hyland Interviewed on CUBroadcast <div align="center"><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/79449937" width="250" height="141" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></div><BR>Gigi Hyland, National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director, was <a href="http://www.cubroadcast.com/2013/11/229-back-in-credit-union-saddle-with.html" target="blank">recently interviewed</a> by Mike Lawson from CUBroadcast. She discussed her new responsibilities, goals, and challenges to enhance the effectiveness of the NCUF and its diverse industry outreach efforts. <div align="center"><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/79449937" width="425" height="239" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></div><BR>Gigi Hyland, National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director, was <a href="http://www.cubroadcast.com/2013/11/229-back-in-credit-union-saddle-with.html" target="blank">recently interviewed</a> by Mike Lawson from CUBroadcast. She discussed her new responsibilities, goals, and challenges to enhance the effectiveness of the NCUF and its diverse industry outreach efforts. Christopher Morris 2013-11-15T12:00:00Z 2013-11-15T14:53:50Z Happy National Philanthropy Day! <p>Friday, Nov. 15, is a day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people and organizations active in the philanthropic community – are making to improve our lives, our communities and our world.</p> <p><em>Friday, Nov. 15, is a day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people and organizations active in the philanthropic community – are making to improve our lives, our communities and our world.</em></p> <p><strong>Watch a special video message from Gigi Hyland, NCUF&nbsp;Executive Director</strong>:</p> <p align="center"><iframe width="450" height="253" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6PL3Q3mINas" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p ><em>Wondering how to celebrate National Philanthropy Day? </em></p> <p><a href="http://www.cutimes.com/2013/11/08/philanthropy-day-celebration-ideas-for-cus"><strong>&gt;&nbsp;Read Gigi&#8217;s letter to the </strong><em><strong>Credit Union Times</strong></em><strong>: &quot;Philanthropy Day Celebration Ideas for CUs</strong></a><strong>&quot;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/support/support.aspx"><strong>&gt; Support NCUF</strong>&nbsp;</a></p> Christopher Morris 2013-10-17T10:00:00Z 2013-10-17T18:33:18Z WI CU League: A Young Wisconsinite Can Save $117,000 over a Lifetime Using a Credit Union <div align="center"><img src="http://www.theleague.coop/AM/Images/Client_Graphics/BagofMoney_LifetimeSavings2013.jpg"></div> <i>From the Wisconsin Credit Union League:</i> A young person in Wisconsin can save as much as $117,000 over a lifetime of using a not-for-profit credit union for borrowing and saving. <div align="center"><img src="http://www.theleague.coop/AM/Images/Client_Graphics/BagofMoney_LifetimeSavings2013.jpg"></div> <i>From the Wisconsin Credit Union League:</i> A young person in Wisconsin can save as much as $117,000 over a lifetime of using a not-for-profit credit union for borrowing and saving. <BR><BR>&#8220;The financial benefits credit unions provide are remarkable,&#8221; said Brett A. Thompson, President &#38; CEO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League. &#8220;The earlier someone joins, the greater the benefit.&#8221; <BR><BR> &#8220;Saving well over one hundred thousand dollars could help offset the many costs of higher education, raising a family, beginning a retirement nest egg, or pursuing a passion, like launching a small business,&#8221; Thompson said. &#8220;And that figure doesn’t even take into consideration additional savings realized by consumers from the lower and fewer fees that are typical at credit unions.&#8221;<BR><BR> Since the start of the recession in 2007, Wisconsin credit unions’ 2.4 million members have saved more than $1 billion. Nationwide, between 2005 and 2011, credit unions have saved 93 million members between $4.3 billion and $8 billion each year. Moreover, their presence in the marketplace moderates the pricing of banks and other financial services providers, which provides approximately $10 billion in benefits to all consumers every year.<BR><BR> <B><a href="http://www.theleague.coop/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Room&#38;SHOWPRINTVERSION=0&#38;TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&#38;CONTENTID=58441" target="blank">Click here to continue reading&#8230;</a></b> Christopher Morris 2013-10-04T10:00:00Z 2013-10-04T15:58:46Z NCUF’s Kitsch Featured on Financial Literacy Field Hearing Panel <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/REAL%20Solutions/NCUF_Lois_Kitsch_Finlit_Panel_240.JPG" width="150"></div> On September 26, 2013, Lois Kitsch, National REAL Solutions™ Program Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), participated in a Financial Literacy and Education Commission field hearing on Youth and Post-secondary Financial Education, organized by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/REAL%20Solutions/NCUF_Lois_Kitsch_Finlit_Panel_240.JPG"></div> On September 26, 2013, Lois Kitsch, National REAL Solutions™ Program Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), participated in a Financial Literacy and Education Commission field hearing on Youth and Post-secondary Financial Education, organized by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. <BR><BR> The Commission was established under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 and is charged with creating a national strategy on financial education. The FLEC is chaired by Jacob Lew, the Secretary of the Treasury, and Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is the vice chairman. The event was held on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison and featured remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray. <BR><BR> Kitsch was speaking primarily on NCUF’s work around Reality Fairs on a panel entitled “Building youth financial capability through experiential learning.” Reality Fairs are interactive financial literacy tools for high school students and have proved successful for many credit unions and state leagues. 26 states are offering students Reality Fair Programs today – fourteen of which can be tied directly to REAL™ Solutions. An estimated 10,000 students attended a fair in 2012 and that number is expected to grow substantially in 2013. <BR><BR> <B><a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/news/subnews/kitsch_finlit_panel.aspx" target="blank">Click to Continue Reading&#8230;</a></b> Guest Blogger 2013-09-24T05:00:00Z 2013-09-24T16:36:14Z Reaching the Underserved Hispanic Market <div align="centeR"><img src="http://i.marketingprofs.com/assets/images/articles/lg/100601_reaching_hispanics_lokpez_lg.jpg" width="150"></div> According to the 2010 U.S. Census Report, 50.5 million people residing in the United States were of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents 16% of the U.S. population, up from 12.5% in the 2000 Census Report. More than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population. Furthermore, this growth is expected to continue, with Hispanics expected to represent 25% of the U.S. population by 2050. <div align="centeR"><img src="http://i.marketingprofs.com/assets/images/articles/lg/100601_reaching_hispanics_lokpez_lg.jpg" width="300"></div> <I>From Katy Slay</i>: According to the 2010 U.S. Census Report, 50.5 million people residing in the United States were of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents 16% of the U.S. population, up from 12.5% in the 2000 Census Report. More than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population. Furthermore, this growth is expected to continue, with Hispanics expected to represent 25% of the U.S. population by 2050. <BR><BR> Hispanics are the largest, youngest, fastest-growing and most underserved ethnic group in the U.S. But they are also the least likely ethic group to belong to credit unions. Only about 22% of Hispanics are credit union members, compared with 35% of blacks and 36% of whites.<BR><BR> Among all ethnic groups, Hispanics are the least knowledgeable of what credit unions are and how credit unions could serve or benefit them. Half of Hispanics surveyed have never heard of credit unions or know very little about them. Among white and black consumers, it’s 23% and 28%, respectively. Many Hispanics are either unbanked or underbanked. Only 54% of Hispanics have accounts at a financial institution; and only 14% of Hispanics surveyed say a credit union is their primary financial institution. <BR><BR><B><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/emerging-markets/reaching-immigrants">Continue reading this article under &#8216;Resources&#8217; in the Reaching Immigrants section of our site</a> (first link at top)</b> Christopher Morris 2013-09-17T05:00:00Z 2013-09-17T18:36:46Z Registration Opens for 2014 Development Education (DE) Trainings <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/DE/DE%20Logo_Over%2030%20Years_small.jpg" width="150"></div> Registration is now open for all three Credit Union Development Education (DE) training classes in 2014. This will be the first time three DE Trainings are held in a single year, with the first program taking place January in Chapel Hill, N.C. followed by trainings in April and September in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking. <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/DE/DE%20Logo_Over%2030%20Years_small.jpg" width="300"></div><BR> Registration is now open for all three Credit Union Development Education (DE) training classes in 2014. This will be the first time three DE Trainings are held in a single year, with the first program taking place January in Chapel Hill, N.C. followed by trainings in April and September in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking. <BR><BR>“There is such a demand right now for DE Training that we’ve decided to hold an additional training next year in North Carolina,” said Lois Kitsch, NCUF’s National Program Director. “The past few programs have been filling up months ahead of time and we also realize the positive impact that even more DE Training alumni can have on the credit union movement.” <BR><BR>The next training is September 4-11, 2013 in Madison, Wis. and has been sold out since June of this year. <BR><BR> After attending the last training in May of 2013, David Paltza, Real Estate Loan Officer at Eagle Community Credit Union in Lake Forest, Calif., said, “For me, the DE experience was legendary! It did more than change my life, it revolutionized it, as I bonded with CEOs and frontline employees alike. Through case studies, life simulations, and team projects, my eyes were opened to the greater credit union movement, exploring everything from its history, to philosophy, to legislative advocacy. I certainly didn’t return home the same way I came and I am honored to join the ranks of passionate individuals and organizations who continue to impact the world through the cooperative movement.” <BR><BR> The first DE training will take place January 22-29, 2014 at the Rizzo Conference Center, which is by the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. The next two trainings will be held April 23-30, 2014 and September 10-17, 2014 at The Lowell Center, which is part of the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis. This is also the first time that registration for all the year’s DE trainings are open at the same time as opposed to only being able to register for the earliest upcoming training. <BR><BR><B><a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/news/subnews/de_2014.aspx" target="blank">&gt; Click to Continue Reading&#8230;</a></b> Christopher Morris 2013-08-27T05:00:00Z 2013-08-27T16:22:45Z NCUF Biz Kid$ Program Coordinator Danielle Brown Interviewed on CUBroadcast <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/73198339" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>Danielle Brown, Biz Kid$ Program Coordinator for NCUF, was recently interviewed by Mike Lawson from CUBroadcast. She talked about Biz Kid$ (the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids how to make and money), recent highlights, ways that credit unions can leverage the show, and much more.</p> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/73198339" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>Danielle Brown, Biz Kid$ Program Coordinator for NCUF, was <A href="http://www.cubroadcast.com/2013/08/207-how-to-build-financially-fit-gen-z.html" target="blank">recently interviewed</a> by Mike Lawson from CUBroadcast. She talked about Biz Kid$ (the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids how to make and money), recent highlights, ways that credit unions can leverage the show, and much more.</p> Christopher Morris 2013-08-20T05:00:00Z 2013-08-20T20:03:55Z New Financial Education Infographic from The Financial Brand <div align="center"><img src="http://glattconsultingllc.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/mq1-jpg.png?w=240" width="125"></div> The Financial Brand recently released a new infographic on financial education in the United States. It&#8217;s a powerful wrap-up and worth checking out. <div align="center"><img src="http://glattconsultingllc.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/mq1-jpg.png?w=240"></div> The Financial Brand recently released a new infographic on financial education in the United States. It&#8217;s a powerful wrap-up and worth checking out. Here are some interesting highlights:<BR><BR> <ul> <LI>2 in 3 adults don’t prepare written or digital household budget.</li> <LI>Only 3 in 10 Americans keep a long-term savings plan.</li> <LI>81% of teens don’t have a checking account.</li> <LI>States that require at least one high school course devoted to personal finance: Utah, Missouri, Tennessee.</li> </ul> <BR><BR> <b><A href="http://thefinancialbrand.com/32266/financial-literacy-dollars-and-sense/" target="blank">&gt; Click Here to View the Infographic at The Financial Brand</a></b> Christopher Morris 2013-08-08T05:00:00Z 2013-08-08T20:02:11Z Experiential Learning Colloquium Documentary: Helping Members Make Better Decisions through Hands-on Learning <p>From our friends at the Filene Research Institute:</p> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/69039620" width="350" height="197" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/69039620" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <BR><BR> From the Filene Research Institute: <blockquote>Familiar names like John Locke, Maria Montessori, and Outward Bound are all part of the long learning-by-doing tradition. But that doesn’t mean everything tagged as experiential learning is useful. In January 2013, in partnership with National Credit Union Foundation and sponsored by Co-op Financial Services, Filene hosted an experiential learning colloquium at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta with a eye toward answering the question: How can credit unions use experiential learning to improve the lives of their members?</blockquote><BR><BR> <B><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/financial-literacy/experiential-learning">&gt; Click here for more experiential learning resources</A></b><BR><BR> Christopher Morris 2013-08-07T10:00:00Z 2013-08-07T19:04:08Z National CU Foundation Approves 16 Biz Kid$ Education Grants for 2013 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/Biz%20Kid$/BizKid$0907-webresrgb.JPG" width="135"></div> The National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) board of directors has approved 16 new Biz Kid$ grants for 2013, totaling $124,961. The new grants engage the credit union movement in using Biz Kid$ and its curriculum to build students financial literacy and economic education skills. Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship. <div align="center"><img src="http://www.ncuf.coop/media/Biz%20Kid$/BizKid$0907-webresrgb.JPG" width="200"></div> The National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) board of directors has approved 16 new Biz Kid$ grants for 2013, totaling $124,961. The new grants engage the credit union movement in using Biz Kid$ and its curriculum to build students financial literacy and economic education skills. Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.<BR><BR> According to the 2013 Junior Achievement/Allstate Foundation Teens and Personal Finance Survey, 76% of teens report the best time to learn about money management is in kindergarten through high school, but only 29% reported programs currently in place.<BR><BR> “There is a need to improve the financial literacy skills of the youth in America and Biz Kid$ is the perfect vehicle to address that need,” said Danielle Brown, Biz Kid$ Program Coordinator for NCUF. “We are excited to fund these innovative programs that will improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program.” <BR><BR><b><a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/news/subnews/bizkids_grant_announcement.aspx" target="blank">Click Here to Continue Reading &#38; View Grants&#8230;</a></b><BR><BR> Christopher Morris 2013-07-24T05:00:00Z 2013-07-24T17:00:16Z New & Updated CU Case Studies Posted on Impact Center <div align="center"><img src="http://www.infolab21.lancs.ac.uk/images/case_studies.jpg" width="125" align="right"></div>One of the things we&#8217;ve been working on here at REAL Solutions is going through the website here ensuring that the resources are updated and remain useful for credit unions to leverage. The biggest changes are in our &#8220;<a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions">Solutions</a>&#8221; section, where we having been removing outdated links and adding new resources for you. The most exciting additions are new and updated case studies for credit unions to look at and learn from. <div align="center"><img src="http://www.infolab21.lancs.ac.uk/images/case_studies.jpg" width="250"></div> One of the things we&#8217;ve been working on here at REAL Solutions is going through the website here ensuring that the resources are updated and remain useful for credit unions to leverage. The biggest changes are in our &#8220;<a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions">Solutions</a>&#8221; section, where we having been removing outdated links and adding new resources for you. The most exciting additions are new and updated case studies for credit unions to look at and learn from. <BR><BR> Here are a few from recent weeks that we&#8217;ve updated:<BR><BR> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/55" target="_blank">Freedom Checking &#8211; St. Louis Community</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/53" target="_blank">Freedom Loan &#8211; St. Louis Community</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/82">Kirby Kangaroo &#8211; High Plains</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/69">Rescue Refinance &#8211; CoVantage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/95">Rescue Refinance Plus &#8211; CoVantage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/97">Credit Builder Loan &#8211; CoVantage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/9">Load-N-Go &#8211; CoVantage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/96">Accel Credit Counseling &#8211; CoVantage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/products/products/94">Retirement Fairs &#8211; Illinois Credit Union League</a></li> </ul><BR> <p>Of course, let us know if your credit union is working on a project that you think we should highlight!</p> Christopher Morris 2013-07-11T05:00:00Z 2013-07-11T19:07:24Z NCUF 2012-2013 Annual Report Released <div align="center"><img src="/assets/2013/7/11/NCUF_AR_2012_13_coverimage.jpg" width="150"></div> The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) recently released their 2012-2013 Annual Report entitled “Helping Credit Unions Making the Difference.” The report highlights NCUF activities related to programs and grants over the 12 months. <div align="center"><img src="/assets/2013/7/11/NCUF_AR_2012_13_coverimage.jpg" width="250"></div> The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) recently released their 2012-2013 Annual Report entitled “Helping Credit Unions Making the Difference.” The report highlights NCUF activities related to programs and grants over the 12 months. <BR><BR> “As the charitable arm of America&#8217;s credit union movement, the National Credit Union Foundation is proud to support credit unions&#8217; shared values and our unique philosophy of &#8216;people helping people,&#8217;” writes Laida Garcia, NCUF Chairman and President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union, in the report’s introduction. “Credit union philosophy and our principles must remain our movement&#8217;s most valued asset, which is why it&#8217;s the central thread of our programs such as REAL Solutions, Credit Union Development Education (DE), Biz Kid$, grants, and CUAid.&#8221;<BR><BR> <p><a href="http://www.ncuf.coop/home/news/annualreport/annualreport.aspx" target="blank"><B>Click Here</b></a> to View/Download the Report or visit ncuf.coop&gt;News &#38; Publications.</p> Christopher Morris 2013-06-17T10:00:00Z 2013-06-17T16:24:12Z Retirement Fair Case Study from Illinois CU League Posted <div align="center"><img src="http://www.valentibldrs.com/images/office/credit_union.jpg" width="125"></div> Retirement Fairs are designed to get participants thinking about their desired lifestyle during their golden years and more importantly building their understanding of how much savings they will need to fund their lifestyle decisions. <div align="center"><img src="http://www.valentibldrs.com/images/office/credit_union.jpg" width="250"></div>Retirement Fairs are designed to get participants thinking about their desired lifestyle during their golden years and more importantly building their understanding of how much savings they will need to fund their lifestyle decisions. <BR><BR> Recently, we worked with the Illinois Credit Union League to get more information on their successful retirement fair program in Illinois. <B>The case study is posted under the &#8220;Who&#8217;s Doing It?&#8221; tab on the <a href"http://www.realsolutions.coop/solutions/financial-literacy/experiential-learning/retirement-fairs">Retirement Fair</a> page of our site.</B>