National Credit Union Foundation partners with state foundation leaders to publish Philanthropy Toolkit

MADISON, WI (March 13, 2023) — The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has today published a Philanthropy Toolkit—a resource designed to help credit unions maximize their community impact and align philanthropic activities to strategic objectives.

 The toolkit, available for free on the Foundation’s website, details key partners at local, regional, national and international levels; insights derived through strategic philanthropy from across the credit union system; and step-by-step guides and checklists for establishing charitable programs or initiatives.

 “As the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement, we’re in a unique position to engage with partners across the system, collect and collate their expertise, and produce a valuable resource like this toolkit to help improve people’s financial lives through impactful philanthropy,” said Danielle Brown, the Foundation’s chief engagement officer.

 “Strategic philanthropy is unique for every credit union. By collaborating with the SCUF Networkand many other contributors to develop this toolkit, we’ve been able to capture and document that diversity. This is a resource that can help every credit union find the philanthropic structure that’s right for their employees, members, and communities.”

 The Philanthropy Toolkit was developed with guidance and collaboration from leaders of the Cornerstone Foundation, Illinois Credit Union Foundation, and the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation—all members of the State Credit Union Foundation Network (SCUF) and replaces a previous version the Foundation published in 2016.

 As a primarily digital resource, the toolkit is intended to be an ongoing resource for credit union philanthropy. Credit unions and system partners are encouraged to reach out directly to Brown to share additional insights. 

 The Philanthropy Toolkit is available here.

About National Credit Union Foundation

The National Credit Union Foundation (The Foundation) ( is the charitable arm of the U.S credit union movement, serving as a catalyst for change in people’s financial lives. The Foundation works to ignite understanding and focus on member financial health, inspire and create opportunities for credit unions to leverage their cooperative values and respond quickly when disaster strikes. Through cooperative support and action, the Foundation helps people achieve financial freedom.


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