2021 Wegner Award nominations now open

MADISON, WI (May 13, 2020) — We are looking for our next Wegner Award winners! The Foundation turns to the credit union movement for help in nominating individuals and organizations for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards to be presented at our annual fundraising gala.

“The last thing you might be thinking about right now is celebrating,” said Gigi Hyland, Executive Director at the Foundation. “And yet…through this pandemic, credit union leaders have stepped up, leveraged their cooperative principles and values and are finding ways to bolster and sustain their employees’, members’ and communities’ financial well-being. Living and breathing the credit union difference during crisis is definitely worth celebrating. We can’t wait to be with you (in person!) next March to honor exemplary leaders of our movement.”

Each year, the Foundation selects and presents the highest awards in the credit union movement during the Credit Union National National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, DC. The 33rd annual Foundation Dinner will take place on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Download the nomination packet

Nominations need to be made by Friday, July 24, 2020, for the following awards:

  • The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award honors an individual who is dedicated to promoting the credit union philosophy, has created innovative concepts and provided leadership that has had a significant and lasting impact on the local, regional, national and/or international credit union movement with measured results.
  • The Outstanding Organization/Program Award honors an organization, program or business for their innovative concepts, products, and services that have had a significant impact on the local and/or national and/or international credit union movement with measured results

Nominations can come from individuals and/or organizations. The following are the three steps needed to make a nomination:

  1. Complete the Wegner Awards nomination form here.
  2. Gather at least five personal recommendations citing examples of the nominee’s achievements relevant to the award criteria.
  3. Send the nomination form and recommendation letters electronically to the Foundation by July 24, 2020.

Questions about the Wegner Awards nomination process can be directed to Jenni Speth at or 608.231.4979.

To learn more about the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner, visit our website and see event coverage from the 2020 event.

John Fiore Accepting Award

About National Credit Union Foundation

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion, and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.


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