Join the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation for the 2020 UnGala at LAUNCH!
Greetings credit union friends, and happy new year!

We hope your calendars are marked for the Carolinas Credit Union League's LAUNCH conference on Februrary 3 - 5!

The Foundation's virtual UnGala will be held on Friday, Februrary 5, at 11 a.m.! Your ticket to the LAUNCH conference is all you need to join our session of celebration and inspiration as we recognize the achievements of our 2020 state-level CUNA Awards winners and hear from inspiring guest speaker, Jason Brown, a former NFL star turned community advocate.

About the Speaker 
Jason walked away from a successful seven-year career in the NFL to pursue his calling on a different field, creating First Fruits Farm, a 1,000-acre farm with a vision to sow seeds of love in North Carolina and beyond. With this vision, Jason has donated over 2 million servings of fresh produce with the help of thousands of volunteers. Jason will share his journey and how he, his wife Tay, and their eight children are demonstrating how to live a life of purpose.

The UnGala will be emceed by Coastal Credit Union Chief Culture & Impact Officer Creighton Blackwell and Foundation President Lauren Whaley.

Sponsorship opportunities for the UnGala are available, with all funds raised supporting the operations of the Foundation. 
News from the Foundation
Vizo, Foundation create Kecia Brooks Memorial Fund
Kecia Brooks, a long-time employee, member education specialist, and friend of Vizo Financial passed away from complications of COVID-19 on December 26, 2020. A memorial fund has been established benefiting her daughter, Journey.

Higher education: Invite your members to apply for scholarships
The 2021-2022 Carolinas Credit Union Foundation scholarship cycle is underway, with applications due on February 1, 2021. Any member from a CU based in North or South Carolina can apply, so we encourage your credit union to promote this opportunity to your members!

16th Annual Carolinas Cup: thank you, supporters!
More than $60,000 was raised for our dear friends at Victory Junction! The Carolinas Cup proceeds will be used to sponsor an Autism Family Retreat in Spring 2021 with an additional donation going to Victory Junction’s year-round therapeutic riding program.

CUNA Mutual Group and the Foundation are sincerely grateful to the captains, sponsors, players and auction supporters for making the success of the 16th Annual Carolinas Cup truly remarkable!
Foundation and chapters collaborate on giving back
The credit union chapter system in the Carolinas is doubling their community impact with matched grants to support local non-profits through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s Community Grant Program. The Foundation relaunched the Community Grant Program in 2020 to aid many local non-profits. 2020 matched grants were provided to the Cape Fear, Columbia and Northwest Chapters of Credit Union.
Phase III Grants & FREE financial counseling for all employees
The Foundation is announcing a final Phase III grant, available to past applicants who are still experiencing financial hardship, bringing the total COVID Relief Grant amount for a household to $3,000. In addition, the Foundation is partnering with GreenPath Financial Wellness, a leading national nonprofit organization, to provide access to free, one-on-one financial counseling, debt management services, and financial education resources for all employees of North and South Carolina credit unions.

We encourage you to download the Foundation’s partnership flyer with Greenpath and disburse internally to your credit union employees.

2020 Operational Supporters - THANK YOU!!
The Carolinas Foundation has made such a tremendous impact in our nearly 30 years of serving credit unions, employees and members. And that success is because of those that support the Foundation's operations each year through the League's dues process. The Foundation would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to the following operational supporters in 2020. Thank you for your continued dedication!

As we gear up for another year of service, I ask that you again commit your support of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation through the League dues process. We have come a long way together, standing firm and focused on our mission to empower and inspire credit unions in the Carolinas through collaborative opportunities to enrich our communities.
Coastal CU
Local Government FCU Sharonview FCU
State Employees’ CU

Allegacy FCU
Family Trust FCU
SC Federal CU
Truliant FCU

Carolinas Telco FCU
Charlotte Metro FCU
Members CU
Palmetto Citizens FCU
SC Telco FCU
Vizo Financial CU

Carolina Trust FCU
Greenville FCU
Heritage Trust FCU
Mountain CU
Premier FCU
Summit CU
Telco Community CU
Up to $2,000
Abbeville Community FCU
Acclaim FCU
AnMed Health FCU
Bragg Mutual FCU
Brookland FCU
Carolina Foothills FCU
Charlotte Fire Dept CU
Civic FCU
Columbia Post Office CU
CommScope CU
Edisto FCU
Emerald Credit Assn FCU
Emergency Responders CU
First Carolina People’s CU
Georgetown Kraft CU
Greensboro Municipal FCU
Greenville Heritage FCU
Greenwood Municipal FCU
Health Facilities FCU
HealthShare CU
HopeSouth FCU
Lion’s Share FCU
Lithium FCU
McDowell Cornerstone CU
Mid Carolina CU
Neighbors United FCU
Up to $2,000 (cont.)
Nucor Employees CU
Palmetto First FCU
Palmetto Health CU
Pee Dee FCU
Riegelwood FCU
SC State FCU
S.C. H. D. DIST #7 FCU
Santee Cooper CU
Secured Advantage FCU
Shuford FCU
Team & Wheel FCU
TCP Credit Union
Upstate FCU

Other Support

Foundation Board of Directors

Payroll deduction supporters from the Carolinas CU League, Vizo Financial & SC State CU

Marketing support from Your Marketing Co.

Accounting, HR and communications support from the Carolinas CU League
The Annual Meeting of the
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation will take place
virtually on Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.
Contact for meeting details
Contact the Foundation:
Lauren Whaley, President | 919-600-8219 | E-mail |

The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation was incorporated in 1993 as a charitable organization dedicated to the embodiment of the “people helping people” philosophy of credit unions. Its mission is to empower and inspire credit unions in the Carolinas through collaborative opportunities to enrich our communities. The Foundation serves as a founding partner to Victory Junction, a year-round camping facility, located in Randleman, NC, for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Over the last 16 years, more than $5 million has been raised by credit unions in the Carolinas to support its camp and outreach programs. The Foundation also serves as a partner in philanthropy with credit unions, assisting charitable giving through donor-advised funds, managing scholarship programs, supporting small credit unions with professional development grants, and aiding disaster relief for the local, national, and global credit union communities.