Honoring the memory of Dan Plauda, credit union champion and visionary leader

NAPERVILLE, IL (May 10, 2016) — The Division of Financial Institutions has honored the memory of former Illinois Credit Union League CEO, Dan Plauda, with a plaque dedication. The posthumous dedication recognizes Dan’s invaluable contributions and service to the credit union community. Tom Kane, CEO of Illinois Credit Union League was presented with the plaque by Wade Cooper, Supervisor of Credit Unions at the Division of Financial Institutions in Springfield. The Division of Financial Institutions regulates all Illinois state chartered credit unions.

Dan passed away on May 1, 2016. He was 69.

The Illinois Credit Union League announced the establishment of the Illinois Credit Union Foundation’s  Dan Plauda Memorial Fund to honor the memory and valued contributions of Dan Plauda.  As Illinois Credit Union League CEO, Dan chartered the Illinois Credit Union Foundation in 1978 to provide monetary assistance to credit unions for education and products, establishing it as a 501(3) charitable organization to benefit the needs of small credit unions throughout the state. Dan served as a mentor to the Foundation Board during his tenure as Illinois Credit Union League CEO.

As of 2016, the ICU Foundation disbursed more than $3 million in scholarships, community service grants, peer assistance, and emergency and natural disaster aid. A champion of the ICU Foundation, he strongly believed in its efforts to assist credit unions in Illinois.

Funding the Foundation through a memorial gift is a testament to all the really great things Dan accomplished during his tenure with the League and a fitting way to thank and honor him. These funds will be used to award grants and scholarships to credit unions in need of assistance.

Vicki Ponzo, Executive Director of the Illinois Credit Union Foundation said, “I had the honor of working with Dan for over 36 years and his commitment to the credit union movement never faltered.  The Illinois Credit Union Foundation is Dan’s legacy to ensure that credit unions have the necessary resources to serve their members and communities.”

The Illinois Credit Union Foundation takes inspiration from Dan’s life and is committed to carrying forward his legacy of serving credit unions and giving back to the community in which we live and work.

Plaque dedication

About Illinois Credit Union League

The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) is the primary trade association for 212 state and federal credit unions in Illinois. It focuses on providing legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance assistance and information, and a wide range of educational and training services to those credit unions, who in turn serve approximately 3.4 million members. More information can be found at


Melissa Vidito

Illinois Credit Union System


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