From: Marybeth Foster []

Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:00 PM

To: Olivia Maiers

Subject: ICUF Newsletter: Winter 2011


Iowa Credit Union Foundation 


Winter 2011 Newsletter




ICUF Annual Report 09-10

Download the 2010 ICUF Annual Report


moolaFIB Scholarship Information 


2011 Money Smart Week: April 2-9


Join Our Mailing List


ICUF was established in 1995. Its mission is to help Iowans build wealth, responsibility and independence, with the vision to eliminate poverty in the State of Iowa.




2010 ICUF Year in Review

The Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) marked another successful year in 2010. Momentum continues to build in ICUF's strategic directives and flagship programs, namely the matched savings program and financial education. Click here for a listing of ICUF's 2010 achievements.




Financial Education Webinar on Using Intern Resources Set for January 26
ICUF's first financial education webinar of 2011 will be held on January 26 at 11:30 a.m. The most common reaction we hear regarding increasing financial literacy efforts is, "We're so busy already, it's just another project to throw on the heavy load."

So, to help you lighten the load, we'll focus on the following:

  • The benefits of utilizing an internLeveraging technology
  • Strategies, tactics and ways to engage with your members and future members through multiple channels
  • Learn where to find content
  • Financial literacy binder. This guide will serve as a critical piece in your financial education efforts and will be released to you in bite-sized sections throughout the year.

Please make it a priority to attend -- you'll be glad you did! Registration is not needed. Please use the following information to log into the webinar on January 26.

Financial Education Webinar
Wednesday, January 26 from 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Webinar Login Information: 
Audio Login
Toll-Free (US & Canada): 866.740.1260
Access Code: 2212110

Web Login
Meeting URL:
Test Your Computer:
Access Code: 2212110

If you have questions or need more information, contact Adam at

Missed the December financial education webinar? Click here to access the archived session and accompanying slides.




2011 Scholarship and Grant Application Now Available!


The 2011 application for certain ICUF grants and scholarships is now available online with a first-round deadline of Friday, February 18.

This application includes the AWJ Scholarship for CUNA Management School, the League President's Grant for a credit union or chapter initiative, and the Small Credit Union Technology and GAC grants.

There are rolling application dates for the AWJ and League President programs. The Small Credit Union Grant applications are due in November 2011.

Please remember to include all required attachments with your application.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Marybeth Foster, Executive Director, at 800.860.6180 x3001.




FIB Scholarship Application Deadline is Friday, February 4

Need money for school? The Family Involvement Board (FIB) Scholarship deadline of February 4 is fast approaching!

There are two scholarship programs available:

  1. Current high school seniors with a projected graduation date of 2011 (four scholarships available)
  2. Post-high school students who are entering or attending an accredited undergraduate, graduate or vocational program (two scholarships available)

Applicants must have an account established in his or her own name and be a "member in good standing" at a credit union, complete the online entry form and write an essay that is no more than 500 words on the following two-part topic:

What does the phrase 'living within your means' mean to you? How can your credit union help you achieve this?

Deadline for all applications is Friday, February 4. For more information, contact Cindy Love at 800.860.6180 x3012 or visit




Money Smart Week Kid Contest Awards Funds for Students


ICUF and the Iowa Bankers Association are co-sponsoring the 2011 Money Smart Kid essay contest.

Iowa students in grades 6-8 apply for the contest and one student will receive a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account, funded jointly by ICUF and IBA. College Savings Iowa is Iowa's 529 college savings plan. Students must be recommended by a teacher and must write an essay of no more than 300 words on this year's topic.

Applications are due March 21, 2011. Please consider distributing this information to elementary and middle schools in your communities. More information can be found at




Credit Union Family Partnership Program Continues to Grow


The Credit Union Family Partnership Individual Development Account (IDA) Program, a matched savings program available through 20 participating Iowa credit unions, currently has 112 active savers who have saved $148,267.31 to date.

Even more exciting, since 2009 28 credit union members have purchased an asset with their savings and matching funds from ICUF for a home, education, small business or vehicle. The program currently has a waiting list for matching funds, with nine savers currently on it.




Save the Date! ICUF Appreciation Event and Golf Classic June 15-16 

The 2011 ICUF Appreciation Event and Golf Classic will be held June 15-16 in Coralville. Stay tuned for more information!




For more information on any of the information listed above, please contact Marybeth Foster, ICUF Executive Director, at or 515.221.3001.


Iowa Credit Union Foundation | 1500 NW 118th Street | Des Moines | IA | 50325