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North Dakota Flooding Prompts CUAid Activation — 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2011

Contact:
Christopher Morris
608-231-4374 | cmorris@ncuf.coop  

National CU Foundation Appeals for Disaster Relief Donations from Credit Union Supporters

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has activated the online disaster relief system CUAid.coop to raise money for credit union people affected by recent flooding in North Dakota.

“It’s nearly impossible to imagine the devastation a flood can cause until you see it or live through one,” says Robbie Thompson, President/CEO of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas. “The pictures and video coming from Minot are heartbreaking. With one credit union totally under water and seven others in the immediate area affected by the flood, more than half of the 40,000 members have been impacted by a combination of home loss, forced evacuation from their home, or job loss due to their employer’s business being destroyed. We sincerely appreciate the efforts and support from credit union members across the country and we encourage and appreciate your kind consideration and contributions to CUAid in this time of need.”

Credit union supporters in every state can make donations through a secured website that accepts credit cards and wire transfers (www.cuaid.coop). CUAid is the only program of its kind that enables credit union employees, volunteers, and members, as well as credit unions and state credit union foundations across the US, to contribute directly to support other credit union people.

“We encourage credit union leaders to use CUAid as a channel to collect donations from their employees, volunteers, and members,” said NCUF Executive Director Bucky Sebastian.

Click here to make a donation

As donations are posted through CUAid.coop, NCUF will coordinate with the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas to distribute money efficiently to credit union employees and members in the affected areas.

CUAid was developed by NCUF in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2006.

The secure online tool links the entire credit union system to raise money for disaster relief, most recently after the tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri. This is the third time in three months that CUAid has been activated, which is unprecedented.

Organizations and individuals can use a variety of CUAid web buttons for their website to help in fundraising efforts. Please click here for the easily linkable buttons. Click here for a direct link to the donation form.

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About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.

NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make a real impact in the credit union community.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.


   
   
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