CUAid Update: Over $25k Raised for CU People Affected by Colo. Wildfires
Disaster Relief Donations Encouraged as Need for Aid Continues
Madison, Wis. – Since activating its online disaster relief system CUAid.coop on June 29, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has already raised over $25,000 from the credit union community to assist credit union people affected by the wildfires in Colorado.
“It’s reported that the fire is 100% contained now, which is great news,” said Scott Earl, President/CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “However, there were more than 340 homes destroyed. Many families have been widely affected and will continue to need assistance and support for some time as they piece their community back together. The largest need right now for most organizations helping the evacuees and victims is financial.”
“In a little over a week, we’ve raised over $25,000 with donations ranging from $5 to $5,000,” said Christopher Morris, NCUF Director of Communications. “That’s pretty impressive coming at a time when many people are on vacation. Credit unions have stepped up yet again to help those in need.”
Credit union supporters in every state can make donations through CUAid, which is secure website that accepts credit cards and includes information on wire transfers and mail donations (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 U.S., to contribute directly to support other credit union people. 100% of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief.
As donations are posted through CUAid.coop, NCUF is coordinating with the Mountain West Credit Union Association 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.
Organizations and individuals can use a variety of CUAid web buttons for their website, including ones customized for the current fundraising campaign. Please click here for the easily linkable buttons. Click here for a direct link to the donation form.
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 Corporate 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 financial freedom achievable through credit unions.
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.