CU Strategic Planning joins Time To Vote movement

TACOMA, WA (October 28, 2020) — CU Strategic Planning, which works with credit unions to transition their business plans to increase service to working-class people, improve quality of life in distressed communities, and provide financial inclusion to marginalized populations, has joined the Time to Vote movement.

Time to Voteadvocates that workers shouldn’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and voting. Time To Vote is a nonpartisan movement, led by the business community, to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our country’s elections.

“We know too well through our work with credit unions to unlock potential in their communities that many people of modest means are most likely to be disenfranchised from their voting rights,” CU Strategic Planning Found Jamie Chase said. “Following our mission to unlock opportunities for credit unions to change their communities, we are demonstrating with action that credit unions have a role to play in preventing the disenfranchisement of voters and encouraging equal access to voting.”

To ensure CU Strategic Planning staff is able to vote we:

  1. Updated our policy to ensure any employee that needs time off to vote is authorized to perform their civic duty and vote at any time between the opening of early voting and including Election Day.
  2. Allowed any employee who would like to volunteer time to assist in the facilitation of the polls, increase voter access to the polls or actively work to protect voter rights on election day can also be approved to have time off to complete such volunteer activity.
  3. Provided a list of non-partisan volunteer ideas and organizations is provided to staff to encourage their ability to participate in our Time to Vote commitment.

In addition to CU Strategic Planning, 1,700+ companies participate in the movement, including Levi Strauss, Patagonia, KraftHeinz and Bark. Information about Time to Vote, which is free to join, and resources to help its members support the movement are available at

“One of credit unions’ foundational core is financial democracy, so it just makes sense for us and credit union to participate in this movement to promote democracy and equal access to voting,” Strayer said. “We hope credit unions will join us in supporting this worthy cause.”

About CU Strategic Planning

Since 2008, CU Strategic Planning has provided business planning services for credit unions, focusing on community development. The company is the No. 1 CDFI certification, grant-writing and compliance firm for credit unions in the country. Through grants, strategic and tactical planning, community summit facilitation and more, CU Strategic Planning achieves its mission to unlock opportunities for credit unions to change lives and their communities. CU Strategic Planning’s expert consulting includes securing and managing compliance for $945 million in US Treasury CDFI grants and related award funding.  


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