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National Desjardins fin ed winners unveiled by CUNA
MADISON, Wis. (11/23/11)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has announced the winners of the 2011 Desjardins Awards for Youth and Adult Financial Education. 

Entries from more than 30 states yielded 10 winners, along with several honorable mentions, in the two categories. 

Honored organizations will be recognized during a reception at CUNA's 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), March 18-22 in Washington, D.C.

The awards are named for Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement, and honor credit unions for their commitment to youth and adult financial literacy.

"We congratulate this year's winners and honorable mentions for their admirable work educating youth and adults about financial education skills," said Vikki Kinsler, CUNA's program coordinator for the Desjardins Awards. "Credit unions, chapters and leagues from more than 30 states applied for the award, which shows the movement's increasing commitment to this type of service for members."

CUNA added the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award in 2011 to its Youth Award to recognize credit unions' efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and nonmembers age 18 and older. The change brings all personal finance education activities under the Desjardins name, including the award for leagues. 

CUNA received 30 entries in the Adult category and 55 entries for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award.

"Part of the mission of credit unions is to promote thrift among our members," said Bill Cheney, CUNA president/CEO. "Financial education is a key component of accomplishing this mission--it's good for the members and differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions."

Winners for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award include (asterisks indicate repeat winners):

  • A+ FCU*, Austin, Texas;
  • Community CU, Lewiston, Maine;
  • CORE FCU, East Syracuse, N.Y.;
  • Credit Union Association of New York*, Albany, N.Y.; and
  • Service 1st FCU, Danville, Pa.;
Honorable mentions include:

  • Altra FCU*,  Onalaska, Wis.;
  • Arapahoe CU*, Centennial, Colo.;
  • Beach Municipal FCU*, Virginia Beach, Va.;
  • Greater Minnesota CU*, Mora, Minn.;
  • Knoxville TVA Employees CU, Knoxville, Tenn.;
  • Maine Credit Union League*, Portland, Maine;
  • Palmetto Citizens FCU*, Columbia, S.C.;
  • Public Service CU, Romulus, Mich.;
  • Virginia Educators CU*, Newport News, Va.
Winners for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award include:

  • CommunityAmerica CU, Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Community CU, Lewiston, Maine;
  • Financial Fitness Greater Austin Credit Union Facilitators,  Austin, Texas;
  • Greater Minnesota CU*, Mora, Minn.; and
  • Latino Community CU, Durham, N.C.
Honorable mentions include:

  • Credit Union 1*, Anchorage, Alaska;
  • Denver (Colo.) Community CU*;
  • Palmetto Citizens FCU,*  Columbia, S.C.;
  • Patelco CU, Pleasanton, Calif.; and
  • Tinker FCU, Oklahoma City, Okla.
In December, PDFs of the winning entries will be available for viewing on CUNA's website.

The winning entries will be on display at CUNA's 2012 GAC.


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