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ICUF Newsletter: December 2011 — 

Iowa Credit Union Foundation 
ICUF Newsletter: December 2011
In This Issue
ICUF Fundraising Campaign: We Need Your Help!
November 22 Financial Education Webinar Recap
ICUF Announces 2012 Board of Directors
2012 FIB Scholarship Now Available!
Central Iowa/America Saves Week: Feb. 19-26
Updated 2012 Money Smart Week Information

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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.


ICUF Fundraising Campaign Currently at $35,165


ICUF Dues ImageSince its founding, ICUF has helped hundreds of families and Iowa credit union staff through grants and scholarships, matched savings and financial education.

We've been able to achieve our success through the generous support of our Iowa credit union community. 

We're writing today to ask you to protect and sustain ICUF. We rely on donations from you and your credit union in order to serve our philanthropic mission. In order to keep our operations going, we really need your support. We are currently at $35,165 of our $100,000 goal.

Thanks for your past support and your consideration. Download our fundraising campaign brochure for more information.

Financial Education

November Financial Education Webinar Recap 

"Financial Education for Hispanics"


two people workThank you to those of you who joined us on Tuesday, November 22  for the "Finanial Education for Hispanics" webinar.

If you would like to review or share the information discussed during the webinar, an archived recording (only available for 30 days!) is available on the ICUF website.

You can also download the Consumer Financial Education Resources and Teachable Moments guides.

Webinar Description:
During this webinar, Adam Carroll  and Anna Haug, from Coopera, outlined how to reach out to the Hispanic community through financial education.

Don't have a username and password for the ICUF members-only site? Get one today by clicking here.
As a reminder, this webinar series is intended to provide Iowa credit unions with informational resources and templates to jumpstart a new or supplement current financial education initiatives.

ICUF Board

Iowa Credit Union Foundation Announces 2012 Board of Directors at Annual Meeting


The Iowa Credit Union Foundation welcomes three new board members to its team. Newly elected board members include:

Jason Norton
Jason Norton, DuTrac Credit Union (Dubuque)
Matthew Cervantez
Matthew Cervantez, Linn Area Credit Union (Cedar Rapids)
Mike Moroney
Mike Moroney, Alliant Credit Union (Dubuque)

More information can be found in the News section of the ICUF website.

Board members serve a three-year term and represent the interests of Iowa's credit unions and their nearly one million members.

Grants & Scholarships

2012 FIB Scholarship Now Available!


Applications are currently being accepted online for the 2012 Family Involvement Board (FIB) scholarship program,
Essay Question
Unfortunately, many Americans try to avoid money matters altogether and deal with problems as they arise. However, even with some knowledge about managing finances, you can maintain a healthy financial life. How are you educating yourself on personal finance and money management issues?
Please include how you can utilize your credit union's financial education expertise.

Application deadline is February 3, 2012. Download the 2012 FIB Scholarship poster and scholarship program guidelines.

In the Community

Central Iowa/America Saves Week: Feb. 19-26 

Dates for the Central Iowa/America Saves Week have been set for February 19-26, 2012. The goal of this week is to promote the value of saving and reducing debt.
If you credit union would be interested in hosting a financial education or other event during this week, you can post the event at no cost on www.everyonecansave.org.

The website is maintained by Joanne Kuster. Joanne can be reached at joanne@kusterltd.com.

There will be free materials available your credit union can use including:

  • Comic books
  • Piggy banks
  • Tip sheets (available in English and Spanish.)

You can get more information on the materials from Claudia Hawkins, ISED, at chawkins@isediowa.org.

Updated 2012 Money Smart Week Information


The dates of the 2012 Iowa Money Smart Week are April 21-28. 

Money Smart Week (MSW) is a statewide program and all credit unions are welcome to host events. Planning committees for 2012 include:

  • Cedar Falls/Waterloo
  • pigCedar Rapids/Iowa City
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Des Moines
  • Dubuque
  • Harlan
  • Quad Cities

New this Year! In order to post an event to the MSW website, you must first register as a Partner. Visit www.moneysmartweek.org/iowa to register. You will be prompted to indicate what kind of partner your credit union is. Partner categories include:

  • Planning Partner - by participating with a planning committee
  • Sponsorship Partner - by providing sponsorship for the newspaper insert
  • Events Partner - by hosting an event

Also new this year, Money Smart Week will have a presence on Twitter (@moneysmartiowa) and on Facebook (Money Smart Week Iowa.)

FREE Materials Available for Credit Unions

  • Money Smart Week bookmark (any quantity)              
  • Money Smart Week statement stuffer (any quantity)   
  • Comic books (any quantity)
  • Newspaper insert - with financial education articles (any quantity)
  • Cardboard piggy banks kids can decorate for a piggy bank pageant (bundles of 25)
  • T-shirts (total available is 20 to 30 shirts)


If you would like more information, contact Marybeth Foster at 800.860.6180 x3001.

Money Smart Week is a series of free classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.


For more information on any of the information listed above, please contact Marybeth Foster, ICUF Executive Director, at marybethf@iowacreditunions.com or 800.860.6180 x3001.


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