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Iowa Credit Union Foundation Releases New Report on Economic Realities of Communities of Color in Iowa

Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) released a new report titled “The Economic Realities of Communities of Color in Iowa” to leverage data and identify barriers to financial well-being within communities across the state. ICUF will use this report to support financial institutions and community organizations with actionable data and policy initiatives to break down barriers and increase financial inclusion for all Iowans.

“This new report confirms we are targeting our efforts where help is needed most,” said Ena Babic Barnes, Executive Director of ICUF. “While we have been focused on support to overcome these barriers to financial inclusion through our programming, we still have more work to do. Our credit union industry continues to step up and lead, but we can’t do it alone. I look forward to sharing this data with other community organizations across the state as we work together to help Iowans have more access to upward mobility and economic opportunity.”

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, more than 90% of Iowa’s current population is White. However, by 2045, it is estimated that more than 20% of population in Iowa will be from minority and mixed-race communities, underscoring the need to invest in fast-growing minority communities who will be future economic drivers in Iowa.


The Report, conducted by Coopera Consulting, uses both quantitative and qualitative research. Quantitative data is presented through recent and available research on six indicators commonly used by non-partisan researchers to measure economic well-being and financial inclusion: Employment, Housing, Business Ownership, Education, Health, and Childcare.

Learn more and read the full report here. 



ICUF Benefit Night Fundraiser

September 14, 2023

Coralville, Iowa

This event is ICUF's premier fundraiser of the year, which supports our mission-driven programs and celebrates the philanthropic achievements of Iowa credit union leaders. 

Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, more than $98,000 was raised during the 2022 event.

Thank you to our 2022 Benefit Night Sponsors!


'People Helping People' Financial Coach Training Program

May 2023

Virtual Program

This online training is an immersive deep dive into the world of financial coaching. What sets this program apart from other financial coach trainings is that our focus is on how to have hard conversations with members. 

Registration for 2023 has closed.

Click here to learn about 2022 program graduates.

Be the Light ICUF Golf Classic


June 7, 2023

Brown Deer Golf Club

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. All proceeds benefit our mission to empower people and communities to achieve financial well-being by championing the credit union philosophy of people helping people. 

Golf tickets have sold out - sponsorship opportunities are still available.

To register for a sponsorship, email

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.

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