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CUAid Accepting Donations to Help CU People Affected by California Wildfires
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:50 AM

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The National Credit Union Foundation is now accepting donations through the online disaster relief system to raise money for credit union people affected by wildfires in Northern California. Credit union supporters in every state can make donations to the General Disaster Relief Fund at

Donations to the Foundation’s General Disaster Relief Fund will be used for any credit union employees and volunteers affected by these wildfires, in addition to Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma, and Tropical Storm Harvey.

To distribute funds to credit union people in Northern California, the Foundation will coordinate with the California Credit Union League.

“We are a family, and when a family member is impacted, we come to their assistance,” said Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, in an email to credit unions. “These are communities in need. I know each of you can help to raise critical funds to support the families that have been impacted with substantial losses in these devastating fires, so in light of this tragic news, we’re asking for your help.”

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According to Dykstra’s report, there are hundreds of credit union employees in the affected area, including some who lost their homes. Many are currently residing in short-term shelter and are looking for long-term solutions. 

California Wildfires
Residents look through the remnants of their home in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday. (Source: AP)

“After an unprecedented four disasters affecting credit unions, we encourage everyone to give to the Foundation’s General Disaster Relief Fund to help people get their lives back together,” said Gigi Hyland, Foundation executive director. “This allows us the flexibility to shift aid between the individual efforts as each situation evolves.”

One hundred percent of the donations through CUAid goes to credit union disaster relief. The Foundation does not use disaster relief funds to pay for the web platform or any of the Foundation costs to administer the national disaster relief program for credit unions. In the event that any donations to the General Disaster Relief Fund are not used for California wildfires, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma, and Tropical Storm Harvey, the funds will be used for any future credit union disaster relief efforts.

“Thank you for the inspiring support thus far,” added Hyland. “The Foundation is humbled to be the point entity for disaster within the credit union system and amazed by the great collaboration of our system to pull together to help our credit union colleagues in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and now California.”

About the National Credit Union Foundation (
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. The Foundation 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.