WASHINGTON (12/8/09)--National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Executive Director Steve Delfin is leaving
the foundation to become president and CEO of America's Charities effective Jan. 4, NCUF Chairman Allan Kemp McMorris has announced. The NCUF board will initiate a search for Delfin’s replacement in the near future, added McMorris, who also is CEO of Oakland County CU, Waterford, Mich. The board has appointed Tom Candell, foundation managing administrative director, to serve as interim executive director while the board conducts the search for a permanent replacement. The NCUF board will focus on the process and procedures for the search at its next meeting in early January. Candell has been with the foundation for the past four years. Previously he was senior financial director for Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. He has spent much of his career as a chief financial officer for nonprofits. McMorris thanked Delfin for his service and the work the foundation has accomplished since Delfin joined the organization five years ago. “The foundation during Steve’s tenure has stood out for the caliber of its development work and thought leadership, especially on such issues as serving the underserved and emerging markets, and strategic philanthropy. On behalf of the NCUF board of directors, we want to thank Steve for all of his contributions, and we wish him the best in his next endeavor,” he said. Delfin said his decision to leave was based on the specific opportunity with America’s Charities, a federation of 180 national and local nonprofits that work with employers and employees to improve the effectiveness of their workplace charity donations using payroll deductions. “This was a very difficult decision because the work we are doing at NCUF is so important. But I’ve always had a passion for and have stayed engaged in expanding strategic workplace philanthropy.” Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica also wished Delfin well and recognized key accomplishments that took place during his five-year tenure, particularly the organization’s work around REAL Solutions. “Since January 2007, when NCUF took on REAL Solutions as its ‘signature’ program, the initiative has grown to encompass 33 states, with over 800 participating credit unions. It has tremendous potential for even more growth and sustainability,” Mica noted. During that five-year period NCUF also nearly doubled the number of Development Educators through its Credit Union Development Education Program, initiated an Innovation Grants Program that more strategically aligns NCUF grants to credit unions and credit union organizations to REAL Solutions strategic goals and objectives, helped raise and distribute more than $4 million for financial education programs like the PBS BizKid$ TV series, and raised another $4 million-plus for credit union disaster relief.