New Development Education training video highlights attendee testimonials

Registration Open for NCUF’s Three 2014 CU Philosophy Programs

MADISON, WI (October 10, 2013) — The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has released a video on YouTube that answers the question “What is Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training?” The short video is comprised of testimonials from recent DE Training graduates.

“The DE Program is a great opportunity to help both new employees to credit unions as well as seasoned employees to have an opportunity to learn more about the history and philosophy of the credit union movement,” notes Patrick La Pine, President/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, in the video. “I would encourage anyone to attend this program if they really want to learn how they can make a difference in helping the movement forward.”

The video is available on NCUF’s YouTube channel at The direct video link is

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the six-day total immersion experience, participants are involved in group exercises, field trips, issue discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.

Upcoming 2014 DE Trainings
There are three DE trainings scheduled for 2014, with the first taking place January 22-29, 2014 at the Rizzo Conference Center, which is by the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. The next two trainings will be held April 23-30, 2014 and September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. Registration recently opened for all three trainings and can be found on the NCUF website by clicking the “Register for DE Training” button on the homepage or anywhere on the website under “Foundation Programs>Development Education>Register for 2014 DE Trainings” at the top of every page.

The registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, as well as all training materials and meals.
“DE Training usually fills up months ahead of time and the upcoming January program is already more than half full,” said Lois Kitsch, NCUF’s National Program Director. “Be sure to register as soon as you can to ensure your spot at this unique and transformative credit union training.

DE Registration (includes links to scholarship information):

Registration for all three 2014 DE Trainings can also be found on the NCUF website by clicking the “Register for DE Training” button on the homepage or anywhere on the website under “Foundation Programs>Development Education>Register for 2014 DE Trainings” at the top of every page.

“For those looking for help with funding, many state credit union foundations and leagues offer scholarships to DE Training in addition to the national DE Scholarship offered,” noted Kitsch.

Who Should Attend – And Why
DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge.  Participants cite many benefits of attending DE training:
Graduates acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building, and public presentations.
Graduates earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).  They join a networking group including over 1,000 graduates across America and over 30 other countries.
CUDEs realize that local issues are indeed global – and that global issues are local.
CUDEs understand that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively.
CUDEs return to their jobs with new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.

Click here to view more attendee testimonials.

More about the DE Program:
The mission of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions’ past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”
Since 1982, more than 1,000 credit union advocates from over 30 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).  Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned.  This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country.
The National Credit Union Foundation is the primary sponsor of the DE program.  Support is provided by CUNA Mutual Group, the Credit Union National Association, the World Council of Credit Unions, state foundations and leagues.
For more information on the DE program, visit under Foundation Programs.
About the National Credit Union Foundation (
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker, working to help consumers achieve financial freedom through credit unions. 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.

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