FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2011
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Madison, Wis. – The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise money for credit union people affected by the tornado around Joplin, Mo. on Sunday.
“It’s heartbreaking to see such devastation,” says Mike Beall, President/CEO of the Missouri Credit Union Association. “With nearly 40,000 members in the area represented by these four credit unions, we know the need for support from the movement will be great. I urge everyone to give what they can to CUAid to help credit unions do what they do best – be there in times of need for their members.”
Credit union supporters in every state can now make donations through a secured website that accepts credit cards and wire transfers (www.cuaid.coop). CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and state credit union foundations across the US, to contribute directly to support other credit union people.
“We urge credit union employees, volunteers, and members to use cuaid.coop as a donation channel to help credit union people in need,” said NCUF Executive Director Bucky Sebastian.
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop, NCUF will coordinate with the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation to distribute money efficiently to credit union employees and members in the affected areas.
CUAid was developed by NCUF in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2006.
The secure online tool links the entire credit union system to raise money for disaster relief, most recently raising almost $75,000 for the tornadoes in the Southern part of the country last month.
About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.
NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make a real impact in the credit union community.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.