National Social Responsibility Recognition Programs
Developing and entering your social responsibility project helps your local community—and its representatives in state and federal government—better understand the credit union difference. The greater the understanding of this difference, the greater chance that the credit union tax exempt status will be preserved and accessibility to credit unions guaranteed for all consumers.
Since 1987, the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award has honored credit unions for their charitable works in their communities. Some credit unions have ongoing programs and establish a special relationship with local social service agencies or school programs. Other programs address many different needs in the community. No matter the size or scope of a project, each participating credit union builds its reputation as a good corporate citizen along the way.
Credit unions enter the Dora Maxwell Award program in one of eight asset categories or the chapter/multiple credit unions category.
Beginning in 1990, the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award has commended credit unions that make exceptional efforts to include credit union philosophy in their daily operations and member service. Programs that provide financial education to particular member groups within the credit union or special assistance to low-income members struggling to pay heating bills, for example, are clear examples of the philosophy that sets credit unions apart from other financial institutions.
Entrants in the Louise Herring Award program compete in four asset categories.
Send your entry to Donna Bevilacqua, director, communications and community relations at the Association office by August 3. Each submission must be accompanied by a $50 entry fee made payable to CUNA, Inc. First place winners will advance to the national competition. National winners will be honored at the next Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Click here to access the National Social Responsibility Recognition Award Program Entry Forms.
By entering the National Social Responsibility Recognition Awards Program, you are accomplishing many goals: you are helping your community and your members, and showing lawmakers that credit unions are something special—and should remain that way.
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