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N.Y. foundation awarded nearly $88K in 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (1/24/14)--The New York Credit Union Foundation (NYCUF) announced that it awarded $87,993 in grants last year.

The money, which was given to state credit unions and credit union stakeholders, was granted for financial education initiatives, professional development, member service improvement and disaster relief.

"We see the summary report (of awards) in the form of numbers and dollars, but those numbers actually represent hundreds of lives that have been impacted in a positive way," said Vicki O'Neill, NYCUF chair and president/CEO of ACMG FCU, Solvay. "That positive impact represents the best of what we collectively do to advance the ideals and goals of our movement."

Seven credit unions received $10,941 in education initiative grants, or "Smart Money" awards. The winners were:
  • Buffalo Metropolitan FCU, Buffalo;
  • East River Development Alliance FCU, Long Island City;
  • Gates Chili FCU, Rochester;
  • Hudson River Community CU, Corinth;
  • ServU FCU, Painted Post;
  • Cooperative Federal CU, Syracuse; and
  • UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh.
Seventeen credit unions won $35,874 in award money for financial education programs, or "Financial Fitness" grants. The winners were:
  • Allegany Community FCU;
  • Chen-Del-O FCU, Franklin;
  • East River Development Alliance FCU, Long Island City;
  • Fidelis FCU, New York City;
  • Gates Chili FCU, Rochester;
  • Greece Community FCU, Rochester;
  • GRS FCU, West Henrietta;
  • IRS Buffalo FCU, Buffalo;
  • LeRoy FCU;
  • Lockport Schools FCU, Lockport;
  • Lower East Side People's FCU, New York City;
  • Palisades FCU, Pearl River;
  • Sing Sing EFCU, Ossining;
  • Spencerport FCU;
  • St. John's Buffalo FCU, Buffalo;
  • Tonawanda Community FCU, Buffalo; and,
  • Western New York FCU, West Seneca.
Meanwhile, 72 credit union employees and volunteers were given professional development grants worth a total of $39,178.

The NYCUF also gave $2,000 to help credit unions' disaster relief efforts in the wake of the Colorado floods and Oklahoma tornadoes last year.


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