MADISON, Wis. (10/29/08)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) recently won the 2008 Outstanding Consumer Financial Information Award for its suite of online financial literacy products for credit union members from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). “CUNA is committed to helping credit unions achieve their mission to educate their members--and the communities they serve--about personal finance and the importance it plays in lifelong financial security,” said Jim Hanson, vice president of CUNA’s center for personal finance. “Over the years, CUNA has gone from publication-only education to life-stage-based online tools. It is these innovative tools that served as the basis for this award application.” The six online life stage products honored in the award include:
* Googolplex--a three-in-one website, written predominantly by youth for youth, that deals with money matters and life issues through stories, videos, contests, calculators, interactive games, and blogs; * Guides to Independence--a series of interactive tutorials, which includes audio track and simulations, to help high school students learn about money management; * MoneyMix--a one-stop financial resource, designed for 18- to 30-year-olds, that features videos, articles, checklists, budgeting tools, and blogs; * Anytime Adviser--seven coaches, available in both English and Spanish, with topics that cover major financial decisions; * Home & Family Finance Resource Center--timely information on personal finance topics, including consumer articles, online calculators, videos, and audio programs to help adults achieve financial success; and * Plan It: Retire Ready Toolkit--a complete online toolkit to aid baby boomers in planning for and achieving financially secure retirement years.
The award will be presented during the AFCPE’s Annual Conference Nov. 19-21 in Garden Grove, Calif. Mike Schenk, CUNA’s vice president of economics and statistics, will provide the closing remarks on the current housing crisis and its implications for the future at the conference. The AFCPE is a professional organization focused on supporting, promoting, and advancing the field of financial counseling and planning education. Its membership consists of personal finance educators, military financial counselors, private practitioners, and organization and government officials. For more information, use the link.