January 2021
Empowering people and communities to
achieve financial well-being by
championing the credit union philosophy
of 'people helping people'.
Iowa Credit Unions: Thank You for Supporting ICUF
Thank you to the 52 Iowa credit unions who elected to give to ICUF during the 2021 Iowa Credit Union League dues renewal process. ICUF is funded by donor support, and these contributions will be reinvested in initiatives to improve the financial lives of Iowans across the state.

These credit union donors collectively provided more than $123,000 in charitable support back to ICUF's mission-based programs. Thank you for this critical support.
1st Gateway Credit Union
5 Star Community Credit Union
Advantage Credit Union
Affinity Credit Union
Allen Hospital Personnel Credit Union
Alliant Credit Union
Ascentra Credit Union
Casebine Community Credit Union
Cedar Falls Community Credit Union
CENT Credit Union
Citizens Community Credit Union
Collins Community Credit Union
Community 1st Credit Union
Community Choice Credit Union
Des Moines Metro Credit Union
Dupaco Community Credit Union
DuPont Employees Credit Union
DuTrac Community Credit Union
Employees Credit Union
Financial Plus Credit Union
First Class Community Credit Union
First Federal Credit Union
Fort Dodge Family Credit Union
Gas and Electric Employees Credit Union
GreenState Credit Union
I.H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union
Industrial Employees Credit Union
Iowa Heartland Credit Union
Journey Credit Union
Lennox Employees Credit Union
Linn Area Credit Union
Members Community Credit Union
MEMBERS1st Community Credit Union
Meridian Credit Union
Metco Credit Union
Midland Credit Union
Midwest Community Credit Union
N.W. Iowa Credit Union
North Iowa Community Credit Union
North Star Community Credit Union
North Western Employees Credit Union
Peoples Credit Union
Power Co-op Employees Credit Union
Quaker Oats Credit Union
River Community Credit Union
River Valley Credit Union
Saint Ludmila Credit Union
Sioux Valley Community Credit Union
The Family Credit Union
The Hub-Co Credit Union
Town and Country Credit Union
United Credit Union
ICUF Receives $169,050 Year-End Donation
The Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) is pleased to announce a $169,050 gift from  Affiliates Management Company  (AMC) and its family of companies, including Coopera, the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL), PolicyWorks Iowa, PolicyWorks, LLC and First Community Trust, N.A. When combined with earlier contributions from this year, including AMC’s support of ICUF’s Emergency Relief Fund, AMC’s total 2020 contributions to ICUF amount to $284,700.

ICUF is truly grateful to the AMC family of companies and ICUL for their ongoing charitable support of our mission. Charitable support allows us to deliver on our mission centered work. From assisting Iowans with disaster grants to providing financial coach training to credit union employees, all of our programs rely on charitable support. 

Read the full press release here.
Last Call to Register for Decolonizing Wealth Conversation with Edgar Villanueva
The Iowa Credit Union Foundation, CUNA Mutual Group and the Iowa Council of Foundations are hosting an exclusive virtual event with Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth and globally recognized expert on social justice philanthropy this Friday, January 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The deadline to register is tomorrow, January 26 at noon.

This event will emphasize the importance of understanding the dynamics and impact of colonization in our country and explain ways we can begin the process of healing. Attending this discussion will help you understand how to make community investments as effective, powerful and equitable as they have the potential to be. The conversation will be moderated by Sharina Sallis, Community Relations Manager at CUNA Mutual Group. Participants will be able to ask questions and have an opportunity to discuss Villanueva’s remarks in small groups.
Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship Applications Close February 5
2021 Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship applications will close on Friday, February 5. Scholarships are offered to high school seniors planning to enter college in 2021 and individuals entering or attending an accredited undergraduate, graduate or vocational program in 2021. Encourage credit union members to learn more about this scholarship and apply!

Applications include a 500-word essay requirement and the application can be found here. Click here to find scholarship promotional resources in Spanish. This annual scholarship program honors the late Warren A. Morrow, founder of Coopera and a visionary in the credit union industry who dedicated his life and career to helping the underserved.
Mark Your Calendars for 2021 ICUF Events
Be sure to save the date for 2021 events, and stay tuned for more information on registering, sponsoring and supporting ICUF!
June 9 - ICUF Golf Outing, Save the Date!

The annual ICUF Golf Classic will be held on Wednesday, June 9 at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville, Iowa. This best- shot golf outing is a fantastic way to support ICUF and network and reconnect with other credit union leaders throughout the state. Check our website for more information coming soon!
2021 'People Helping People' Financial Coach Training Program Dates Set!

This year's financial coach training program will be held virtually through a series of webinars set to be held in May. Internationally recognized facilitator Adam Carroll will again be leading the program. If you're working directly with credit union members, this program is for you!
Coach Members to Think About Stimulus Check Spending
As credit union members are receiving COVID-19 stimulus checks from the government, credit unions have the unique opportunity to financially coach members. The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and Filene Research Institute have shared resources for credit unions and their members to make steps toward turning short-term savings into sustainable financial security.

Listen to this Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Scams Podcast
Bill Brauch of the Iowa ID Theft Victim Assistance Coalition was recently featured on the Nash FM 97.3 Podcast with Kim Chase. During the podcast, listeners can learn how to protect yourself from scams regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, unemployment, your taxes, stimulus checks and more.

Click here to listen to the podcast, or share the link with credit union members.
Featured Community Impact Stories
Thank you to our donors!
Thank you to our recent donors, who made contributions to support ICUF's mission-based initiatives.
  • Anne Britson
  • Chelsi Harbert
  • CO-OP Financial Services
  • Deb Schroeder
  • Emily Caropreso
  • GreenState Credit Union
  • Jelena Babic Barnes
  • Jeremy Smith
  • Jodi Allen
  • Joe Montez
  • Julie Michalec
  • Katharine & Jordan Hensley
  • Keisha Knepper
  • Matt Dodds
  • Natalie Mahoney
  • Pattie Stock
  • Sandra Gradoville
  • Steve Quigley
  • Storey Kenworthy
  • Torri Freese
  • Traci Stiles

Donations made in honor of Dale Owen:
  • Advantage Credit Union Board of Directors
  • Cedar Falls Community Credit Union
  • Dupaco Community Credit Union
  • Greg & Julie Hanshaw
  • Karen & Steven Murphy
  • Lori & Rick Olson
  • Monte & Rebecca Berg
For questions regarding any information in the newsletter, please contact Jaimie Miller at 515.221.3001.
ICUF was established in 1995. Our mission is to empower people and communities to achieve financial well-being by championing the credit union philosophy of "people helping people."