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National CU Foundation Approves Five Grants for Consumer Financial Health Checkups, Including University FCU
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 6:45 AM

The National Credit Union Foundation has approved five credit unions to fund consumer financial health assessments with the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), and included in the recipients is University Federal Credit Union in Austin, Texas.

CFSI is one of the leading organizations dealing with the subject of consumer financial health. CFSI’s Consumer Financial Health Study found that 57 percent of Americans are financially unhealthy, which means they lack daily financial systems that serve them well, struggle to weather financial shocks, and are not well-positioned to pursue their financial aspirations.

Over the next year, grantees will leverage CFSI’s financial health checkup methodology to help assess the status of members’ and employees’ financial health, which will provide insights credit unions can leverage to help improve member financial well-being.

The credit unions that will be receiving funding are:

  • BECU in Tukwila, Wash.;
  • Community Financial Credit Union in Plymouth, Mich.;
  • IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union in Moline, Ill.;
  • University FCU in Austin, Texas; and
  • Virginia Credit Union in Richmond, Va.

“We are thrilled that these credit unions applied and were selected to participate in this effort,” said Gigi Hyland, executive director at the Foundation. “Understanding members’ financial health and members’ day to day financial struggles are key to helping credit union management, staff, and board members to pursue initiatives to help more members improve their financial health.”

The Foundation originally approved $90,000 for the financial health checkups but is able to fund $108,000 to the five credit unions after a donation of $18,000 from CUNA Mutual Group in support of this effort.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union 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 Foundation 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. Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.