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The Results Are In! The State-Level CUNA Award Winners Are...

The Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) is excited to announce the 2016 state-level winners of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action Award and the Desjardins Financial Education Award (Adult and Youth). The winners will be recognized at the 2016 Convention and Annual Meeting Awards Breakfast on Thursday, October 6.

DORA MAXWELL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award recognizes model credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach programs (other than personal finance education). Examples of activities include:

  • Internship programs
  • Charity fundraising
  • Support for public events
  • Donation to social service programs
  • Lobbying or advocacy on behalf of school financial education
  • Support for teacher training

Less than $50 Million Asset Size Category
1st Place: Joplin Metro Credit Union 
Entry:  There Will Always Be HOPE

$50 - $250 Million Asset Size Category
1st Place:  United Credit Union
Entry:  Our House: Garden Project

Honorable Mention:  Central Missouri Community Credit Union
Entry:  It's More Than Just PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: It's about 'FINDING DORA"

Honorable Mention:  Electro Savings Credit Union
Entry:  Giving is in our DNA

Honorable Mention: Raytown-Lee's Summit Community Credit Union
Entry: Walk for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

$250 Million - $1 Billion Asset Size Category
1st Place:  Neighbors Credit Union
Entry:  Credit Union for Kids

Honorable Mention:  Mazuma Credit Union
Entry: Mazuma Foundation

More Than $1 Billion Asset Size Category
1st Place:  CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Entry:  Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility

LOUISE HERRING AWARD
The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes model credit union efforts to materially improve members' lives through programs (other than personal finance education). Examples of activities within this category include:

  • Implementing special loan modification programs
  • Developing wealth-building or debt-reduction incentive programs
  • Outreach to an underserved population
  • Help with a student-run in-school or campus branch
  • Managing a credit union difference campaign
  • Implementing a predatory lending alternative
  • Providing support for member ESL instruction

More than $1 Billion Asset Size Category
1st Place:  CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Entry:  2016 Louise Herring Application

THE DESJARDINS FINANCIAL EDUCATION AWARD (ADULT AND YOUTH)
The Desjardins Financial Education Award recognizes model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and nonmembers. The youth category covers participants under age 18.  The adult category encompasses participants age 18 and older.

​DESJARDINS YOUTH:

$50 - $250 Million Asset Size Category (Youth)
1st Place:  Arsenal Credit Union
Entry: Desjardin's Award - Youth 2015-2016

Honorable Mention: Electro Savings Credit Union
Entry:  Ready.Set.Save

More Than $1 Billion Asset Size Category (Youth)
1st Place: CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Entry:  2016 Desjardins Youth Financial Education

DESJARDINS ADULT:

$50 - $250 Million Asset Size Category (Adult)
1st Place: Electro Savings Credit Union
Entry:  We work so that you can...

More Than $1 Billion Asset Size Category (Adult)
1st Place: CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Entry:  Desjardins Award - Adult Financial Literacy

Congratulations to all of the award winners! Entries from all of the first place winners have been forwarded to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to compete against credit unions from across the country in their asset categories. The national judging will take place in mid-October with results being announced a week or two after the judging is complete.