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Guadalupe Credit Union’s Oscar Rivera Wins for Best CU Member Story — 

January 25, 2011

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

Guadalupe Credit Union’s Oscar Rivera Wins for Best CU Member Story
Result of over 2,700 Votes in REAL Solutions Testimonial Contest

Madison, Wis. - - Oscar Rivera, who shared his story of becoming a homeowner and small business owner with help from Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe, N.M. is the grand prize winner in the REAL Member Solutions Video Contest. Voting for the best credit union testimonial ended Friday, January 21, 2011 and 2,729 votes for the five finalists were cast over a two-week period.

Oscar Rivera won a free trip to Washington, D.C. along with one representative from the credit union and state league. As guests of NCUF, Rivera will share the stage at a VIP event held prior to the Wegner Awards Dinner which is held during the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), February 27 –March 3, 2011. In addition, Rivera will receive a savings account deposit of $500. The member(s) featured in the four remaining videos will receive a savings account deposit of $250.

“Congratulations to Oscar Rivera and Guadalupe Credit Union,” said Lois Kitsch, National REAL Solutions Program Manager. “Rivera’s story truly exemplifies the credit union difference and illustrates how REAL Solutions is impacting the credit union movement.”

About the Contest
After a call for entries late last year, the field was narrowed down by NCUF from 30 video entries to 10 that were the most compelling examples of credit unions in action. Then an external judging committee representing credit unions and credit union organizations narrowed the field down to 5. Aside from Rivera, the four finalists were:

2010 Winning Videos
Last year’s contest winners were Spectrum Credit Union’s Dorothy James and Community First Credit Union’s Gregory Family.

About REAL Solutions
REAL Solutions is the signature program of the National Credit Union Foundation. REAL — ― “Relevant, Effective, Asset-building, Loyalty-producing” — Solutions works to help credit unions offer a wide range of products and services that have proven successful in serving working families with low wealth and modest means. Using product/business models created and tested by credit unions, REAL Solutions disseminates information to credit unions through special meetings, an online impact center at www.realsolutions.coop, and state and national conferences. As NCUF’s signature program over the past three years, REAL Solutions has been adopted in 40 states and is saving members tens of millions of dollars. It has now become a documented business strategy for credit unions to grow their memberships by serving the underserved. Real people with real needs are finding REAL Solutions at credit unions.


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, CUNA Mutual Group, Harland Clarke, CO-OP Financial Services, STAR, California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues, Card Services for Credit Unions, and VISA. 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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