Worldwide Foundation honors Champions in D.C.

More than 400 attend supporter celebration at the Italian Embassy

MADISON, WI (February 24, 2020) — On the heels of a of its biggest fundraising year in nearly a decade— Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions thanked its generous supporters in style Sunday night at the 2020 Champion Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Held in conjunction with Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), the event brought more than 400 people to the Italian Embassy to celebrate the growth and sustainability of the international credit union movement.

“We are so pleased to honor our Champions, who helped us raise over $2 million across all Worldwide Foundation programs in 2019—with $840,972 of that total going to our Priority Fund. The Priority Fund supports World Council of Credit Unions in its efforts to acquire new credit union development projects and extend its existing projects around the world,” said Worldwide Foundation Executive Director Mike Reuter.

World Council is currently implementing credit union development projects in Haiti, Ukraine, Kenya, Burkina Faso, The Philippines and Indonesia—and working to build on that success by adding more projects in 2020.

“There is no question that supporting World Council’s development work is an important and essential part of improving people’s lives through access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services,” said Worldwide Foundation Board Chair and SchoolsFirst Credit Union President/CEO Bill Cheney.

The Worldwide Foundation is shooting even higher for its Priority Fund this year—with a goal of raising $975,000 in 2020.

People interested in making a donation to the Priority Fund, or one of the Worldwide Foundation’s other programs, can click here.

More than 400 Worldwide Foundation Champions Celebrate at the Italian Embassy.

Worldwide Foundation Executive Director Mike Reuter Addresses the Champion Celebration.

From left to right: WOCCU Board Chair Steven Stapp, CUNA Chief Operating Officer Jill Tomalin, WOCCU Board Treasurer Diana Dykstra

About World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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