Marine Credit Union Foundation donates more than $500,000 to local organizations; seeks to expand impact

LA CROSSE, WI (March 14, 2018) — Since the Marine Credit Union (MCU) Foundation was formed in 2014, almost $512,000 has been given to over 700 worthy causes in the communities served by Marine. Marine employees contributed more than $278,000 to the Foundation during that time.

“At Marine Credit Union, we have a strong commitment to serving the underserved and making our communities better places to live by providing opportunities when others won’t,” said Liz Popp, Executive Director of the MCU Foundation. “This commitment is replicated in the mission of the MCU Foundation.”

In February, Marine hired Majel Hein as a Financial Literacy Counselor in La Crosse to help advance the mission of the MCU Foundation. Hein joins the Foundation from Great Rivers United Way, where she worked as the Director of Development. She also served as the Program Director and the Credit/Housing/Student Loan Counselor and Educator for Consumer Credit Counseling Services in La Crosse. In addition to experience across various areas like program development and management, one-on-one counseling, personal financial analysis, and more, she also holds a degree in Finance from Western Technical College, various certifications from the National Foundation of Credit Counseling and a Non-Profit Leadership certificate from Viterbo University in La Crosse.

“Our goal is to supply underserved individuals in our community with the tools, education and guidance they need to reach their financial goals,” said Popp.

About Marine Credit Union

Marine Credit Union is a full-service, member-owned financial cooperative serving more than 78,000 members across Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Marine employs more than 400 people, operates 20 locations and holds over $1 billion in assets. Guided by its mission, “to advance the lives of people from a place of financial need to a life of ownership and giving back in our communities,” Marine looks at its members’ individual finances less as a number and more as a journey. The Marine Credit Union Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million to over 950 charitable causes since 2014. Marine earned Great Place to Work™ Certification in 2022 and Juntos Avanzamos designation in 2017 for its commitment to the Hispanic community. For more information, go to

About the Marine Credit Union Foundation

The Marine Credit Union Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making charitable contributions and increasing the financial literacy in the communities Marine Credit Union serves.

About La Crosse, Wis.

Marine Credit Union is headquartered in La Crosse, Wis. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River halfway between Minneapolis and Milwaukee, the growing community of 50,000 was named one of the 10 best small cities in America to start a business by Entrepreneur Magazine and one of the 15 best for economic health, affordability and quality of life by NerdWallet. The dynamic community is uniquely characterized for its health and wellness resources, outdoor recreation opportunities and family life focus. For more information, visit


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