Fiserv Commits to Legacy Campaign

MANCHESTER, NH –– America’s Credit Union Museum today announced that Fiserv, a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, has pledged its support  to America’s Credit Union Museum Legacy Campaign.  The Campaign’s goal is to raise $3.3 million to expand the Museum and renovate an adjacent building into a credit union industry research library.  The pledge brings the Campaign’s total to over $2.5 million and 75% of its fundraising objective.  The Fiserv pledge will fund the Fiserv Exhibit Hall, which will house both a permanent and rotating collection of credit union archives and displays.

The Fiserv pledge is aligned to its social responsibility and corporate citizenship program, Fiserv Gives Back, through which the company provides financial and in-kind contributions and volunteer support focused in the areas of financial literacy, health and wellness, environmental stewardship and education.

“In a world that is moving faster than ever before, the focus of credit unions on meeting the needs of their members has not wavered,” said Vinnie Brennan, president, Credit Union Solutions, Fiserv.  “Credit unions have adapted their services to stay in step with the way people live and work today while remaining true to their mission, and as a result are more relevant now than ever.  The ability of credit unions to continue meet the unique needs of their members is a foundation for a bright future, which Fiserv is proud to support.”

“I would like to thank Fiserv for their support in memorializing the impact that credit unions have on millions of Americans,” said Stephanie Smith, Executive Director of the Museum.  “Fiserv recognizes the importance of preserving and communicating the unique values and principles of credit unions.  Our industry’s distinctive history clearly communicates the credit union difference and forms the foundation of our commitment to our member-owners both today and in the future.”

America’s Credit Union Museum is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the building where the first credit union in the United States first began serving French Canadian textile mill workers in 1908.  The Museum was established in 2002 and visually tells the stories of the individuals instrumental in establishing credit unions in the U.S., the subsequent growth of credit unions throughout the country, and their continued role in providing millions of Americans with a more secure financial future.  Museum exhibits bring to life the s­­tories behind credit unions’ unique values and philosophy while connecting the movement’s past with its present and future.  The Museum also hosts credit union events and strategic planning retreats where credit union leaders focus on the future while being surrounded by the roots of the movement.

Launched in 2014, the Legacy Campaign is a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, add additional exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing Museum building.  The physical and electronic industry research center will make credit union history more accessible, while the additional exhibit space and upgraded conference facilities will help credit union professionals, legislators, and citizens experience firsthand the unique role credit unions play in the marketplace.

 

More information about the Museum and the Legacy Campaign can be found at acumuseum.org.

ACUM Announces New Campaign Gifts

The goal of raising $3.3 million to expand America's Credit Union Museum in Manchester, N.H., and renovate an adjacent building to form an industry research library continues its momentum with the addition of four additional gifts and pledges totaling more than $110,000. 

 Suncoast Credit Union of Tampa, Florida, recently pledged $50,000 to the campaign. Holy Rosary Credit Union of Rochester, N.H. and CO-OP Financial Services each committed $25,000, while Insurance Trust pledged $10,000.

These commitments put the museum's Legacy Campaign at 75% of its goal, or just over $2.5 million dollars pledged towards the $3.3 million dollar capital campaign objective.

 The Legacy Campaign is a three-year capital campaign which will provide funds for the creation of a new physical and digital credit union industry research center, add additional exhibit space and provide needed renovations to the existing museum building. 

ACUM CU4 Reality wins Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program

Egan, Peppers, Bynum & CU 4 Reality Honored by Foundation

28th Annual Wegner Awards Dinner Held in Conjunction with CUNA GAC

Washington, D.C. – The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) presented four Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night at the Marriott Marquis in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. Denise Gabel, Chief Operating Officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association, served as the night’s emcee.

 

The awards ceremony celebrates the highest national honors in the credit union movement:

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Daniel F. Egan, retired President/CEO of the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League, and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island (now known as Cooperative Credit Union Association;
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: C. Alan Peppers, former President/CEO of Westerra Credit Union;
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: William J. Bynum, President/CEO of Hope Credit Union; and
  • Outstanding Program: CU 4 Reality from America’s Credit Union Museum.

 

Click here to read more about the 2016 award winners.


Click here to watch the 2016 winners' tribute videos on YouTube

 

“I am honored to accept the Wegner award on behalf of the dedicated individuals who developed the program, and the credit unions, our community partners and the educators who last year helped us deliver this program in over 30 states,” said Stephanie Smith, Executive Director of the America’s Credit Union Museum, after accepting the award. “However the ultimate winners are the 50,000 students who last year received practical hand-on learning on the benefits of budgeting, savings, and making wise financial decisions.”

 

"The credit union philosophy of people helping people and the commitment to cooperation are as vital today as they were at the founding of credit unions in this country over 100 years ago,” said Egan after accepting his award. “We need to reinforce our philosophical values by recommitting to the ideals that made credit unions unique and empowering forces in the financial well-being of individuals and communities throughout this country and the world."

 

“I've never been so proud to be a part of the credit union system than I am today,” said Peppers after accepting his award. “Over the past 40 years and 5 decades, I’ve had a chance to see credit unions grow and grow up. Today, over 100 million members are now being served by credit unions and I can't wait for the day when every American will be a credit union member.”

 

“I am proud to be part of a movement made up of so many who quietly, yet relentlessly accept the call to bring economic justice to underserved people and places,” said Bynum after accepting his award. “And I am honored to be here on behalf of Ms. Fannie Dotson, who on her 100th birthday opened her first checking account ever at our branch in Itta Bena, Mississippi. However, the fact that it took an entire century for a black woman from the Mississippi Delta to open a bank account is a sobering reminder of how far we still have to go in this nation on issues of equity. Across America, for hundreds of places like Itta Bena, and millions of people like Ms. Dotson, credit unions are their best hope for economic opportunity.”

 

This year’s winners joined an elite group of 58 individuals and 25 organizations whose efforts over the past 28 years have earned them the recognition of Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. Over 850 credit union leaders and supporters attended the event held in conjunction with CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

PSCU Endows Legacy Campaign

Pledge Demonstrates Commitment to Credit Union Industry

St. Petersburg, Fla. – (January 7, 2016) – As a way to celebrate the legacy of credit unions and the important role they play in the lives of consumers and communities across the country, PSCU has pledged its support to America’s Credit Union Museum’s Legacy Capital Campaign. Built by credit unions, owned by credit unions and governed by credit unions, PSCU has been dedicated to preserving and fostering the credit union legacy for nearly 40 years. The credit union service organization’s $125,000 donation will fund additional exhibit space as well as a new exhibit, which will be named after the CUSO.

The Legacy Capital Campaign seeks to raise a total of $3.3 million to create a new industry research center in a second unused, museum-owned building and provide renovations and upgrades to the existing Museum building. The industry research center will not only make credit union history more accessible to visitors, but will also provide digitally archived information to credit unions or researchers. To date, pledges to the Legacy Capital Campaign total more than $2.3 million.

“PSCU strives to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for our member owner credit unions, as well as the industry as whole,” said Chuck Fagan, President and CEO of PSCU. “We hope our commitment to America's Credit Union Museum will help strengthen and advance the credit union movement across the country.”

“PSCU is not only a valued industry partner, they are also a leader in credit union engagement,” remarked Stephanie Smith, Executive Director of America’s Credit Union Museum. “PSCU’s recognition of the importance of the credit union difference and their commitment to the success of America’s Credit Union Museum was evident from the beginning of our discussions. Their gift will help us create a new exhibit that will continue to tell the story of the importance of credit unions in Americans’ lives.”

America’s Credit Union Museum is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the building where the first credit union in the United States began serving French Canadian textile mill workers in 1908. The Museum chronicles the beginnings and growth of credit unions over the last 100 years; tells the stories behind their unique values and philosophy; and connects the movement’s past with its present and future. The Museum also hosts credit union events and strategic planning retreats where credit union leaders can focus on the future while being surrounded by the roots of the movement.

More information about America’s Credit Union Museum and the Legacy Capital Campaign can be found at www.acumuseum.org.

About PSCU

Established in 1977, PSCU (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is the nation's leading credit union service organization (CUSO). The company is owned by 800 member credit unions representing over 18.2 million credit, debit, prepaid, online bill payment and mobile accounts. Comprehensive 24/7/365 member support is delivered through contact centers located throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.pscu.com.

ACUM's CU4 Reality Program selected for Wegner Award

October 5, 2015

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. CU 4 Reality will be recognized for Outstanding Program and garnering Outstanding Individual Achievement awards are William J. Bynum, C. Alan Peppers, and Daniel F. Egan.

The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards will be presented at a special dinner hosted by the Foundation at the Marriott Marquis on February 22, 2016, in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. Registration for dinner sponsorships and tickets will be available on the Foundation website (ncuf.coop) within the next month.

The awards ceremony celebrates the highest national honors in the credit union movement. Detailed profiles will be released in the next two weeks of the following 2016 Wegner Award honorees:

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Daniel F. Egan, retired President and CEO of the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League, and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island (now known as the Cooperative Credit Union Association);
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: C. Alan Peppers, former President and CEO of Westerra Credit Union;
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: William J. Bynum, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Credit Union; and
  • Outstanding Program: CU 4 Reality from America’s Credit Union Museum.

 

About the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards:
The awards are named in honor of the late Credit Union National Association CEO Herb Wegner, whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their communities.  The awards that bear Wegner’s name recognize his spirit of “innovative, creative, risk-taking” leadership. View past award recipients here.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation 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.  Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

SchoolsFirst FCU Pledges to Legacy Campaign

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union today announced a pledge to the America’s Credit Union Museum Legacy Campaign.

 “SchoolsFirst FCU is pleased to support the Museum’s Legacy Campaign and the extraordinary work they have done highlighting and preserving credit unions rich history. Credit unions play a unique and essential role in helping to better the lives of all Americans and allowing them to build a bright future,” remarked Bill Cheney, President/CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU.  “It is an honor to be associated with an institution that helps teach, showcase and memorialize our simple but powerful philosophy of “people helping people,” that has assisted so many Members worldwide for over 160 years.”

“I would like to thank Bill Cheney and the leadership at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for their commitment to America’s Credit Union Museum,” said Stephanie Smith, Executive Director of the Museum.  “SchoolsFirst FCU continues to be a leader in recognizing the importance of communicating the values that make credit unions unique.”

The Legacy Campaign is a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, add additional exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing Museum building. The physical and electronic industry research center will make credit union history more accessible; while the additional exhibit space and upgraded conference facilities will help credit union professionals, legislators, and citizens experience firsthand the unique role credit unions play in the marketplace.  To date, campaign pledges total more than $2 million.

 

America’s Credit Union Museum is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the building where the first credit union in the United States first began serving French Canadian textile mill workers in 1908.  The Museum was established in 2002 and visually tells the stories of the individuals instrumental in establishing credit unions in the U.S.; credit unions’ subsequent growth throughout the county, and their continued role in providing millions of Americans with a more secure financial future.  Museum exhibits bring to life the s­­tories behind credit unions’ unique values and philosophy while connecting the movement’s past with its present and future.   The Museum also hosts credit union events and strategic planning retreats where credit union leaders focus on the future while being surrounded by the roots of the movement.

ACUM Receives CUNA National Advertising Program Archives

Nations Credit Unions Sponsor ABC’s Coverage of the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympic games, ABC and CBS News, NFL Football, the World Series, 60 Minutes and Floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade with a National Advertising Program

From the archives of an attic in Weston, CT to America’s Credit Union Museum in Manchester, NH Vicki Thomas, former head of CUNA’s National Advertising program delivered a box of advertising campaigns created in the ‘70’s to the ‘80’s to increase interest and awareness in credit unions.  She presented them to Stephanie Smith, Executive Director of America’s Credit Union Museum.

“America’s Credit Union Museum is honored to have received this gift from Vicki.“ said Smith. “Her legacy and knowledge of credit union history will be preserved and available for generations to come. We look forward to including these archives in the CUNA Research Center and sharing them with future visitors.”

The CUNA Executive Committee unanimously approved the idea of a National Advertising Program for credit unions in February 1972.  The objectives were threefold:  1) to create increased awareness of credit unions; 2) stimulate additional statewide spending to make the messages heard and seen by more people; 3) emphasize ‘belonging’ as the unique quality credit unions offer throughout the United States.

The tagline “Join Your Credit Union – It’s Where You Belong,” was adopted not only by US credit unions but also by neighbors in Canada and down under in Australia.

“At that point in time one million dollars seemed like a lot of money.  Yet in the advertising business one million dollars even then could be spent in a day without blinking and eye,” said Vicki Thomas.

In 1972 the credit union national advertising campaign raised $857,666.68 dollars with voluntary contributions using a formula of $50.00 per one million dollars of assets.  Leagues from Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin donated 100% of their fair share and CUNA Mutual donated $200,000 as well.

Chad Everett, star of the highly viewed network TV show “Medical Center,” and a credit union member became the national spokesperson with the creation of 12 national TV commercials that appeared in the World Series, NFL football, ABC and CBS network news, 60 Minutes and four color national print ads that appeared in Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s and Redbook.

CUNA’s Managing Director at the time, Herb Wegner in the 1973 NAP annual report said, “the pride of belonging reinforces affiliation, organizational discipline and gives both leagues and CUNA the opportunity to take greater advantage of the potential of political unity, which has been described over the years, but in substance has been very difficult to apply to our everyday problems.”

In 1976 and in 1980 the nations credit unions became the proud sponsors of ABC’s coverage of the Winter Olympic Games from Innsbruck, Austria and Lake Placid, NY. Tie-in materials were developed so credit unions could identify themselves to their members as sponsors of the Winter Olympic games.

“Today in Congress” an exciting news and information program hosted by Joseph McCaffrey was sponsored by credit unions on radio WMAL in Washington DC heard daily by senators, congressman, legislative assistants and administrative agency personnel.

In 1978 airfares got lower and TV rates got higher.  Life Magazine was born again.  John Travolta became movie king and Cheryl Tiegs became a poster queen. Consumers were buying food processors and microwave ovens and standing in line to see “the treasure of Tutankhamen.”

In the financial arena banks developed the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and explored truncation.  Savings and loans continued building America and signed Bob Hope to do a series of television commercial messages.  Credit Unions experienced a tight money crunch.

It became obvious that the theme of the Credit Union National Advertising Program needed a new direction.  The nation was watching “Roots” and tracing their genealogy.  NCUA administrator Larry Connell emphasized the need to re-examine our major strengths, and St. Germaine echoed the same comments.

When research findings revealed “we aren’t as friendly as we think we are,” there was a quality and feeling that needed to be conveyed in a real sense.

As a result “All kinds of People” theme was developed.  It premiered with the music on an extensive National Credit Union Week radio buy with over 24,000 spots.  The National Advertising Program went back to the beginning of credit unions.  People were the basic ingredient.  The national campaign demonstrated real concern for people and dramatized all the ways credit unions could help. The characters featured in the new series of television messages told potential members nationwide why credit unions were unique.  

Credit unions also had a float in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA winning the Queens’s Trophy, Sweepstakes, Theme Prize and President’s Trophy.

“At that time most credit unions did not have a marketing budget or a marketing staff. There were 23,000 credit unions and 38 million members,” said Vicki Thomas. Today there are over 100,000,000 members and a little over 6,000 credit unions.  Credit unions have come a long way and marketing directors are doing a great job continuing to promote the many advantages of belonging and providing excellent service to members.”

Vicki Thomas left CUNA in 1983 to join the ABC television network in Chicago and then onto to New York.  Today, she is in her encore career helping Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit based in Statesville, NC improve Veterans lives one home at a time.  She has no desire to retire, which to her means to go away.  She takes great pride in making a difference in the lives of others and giving back.   She resides in Weston, CT with her husband Steve. She can be contacted at thevickithomas@me.com

 

Legacy Campaign Surpasses $2M

America’s Credit Union Museum Executive Director, Stephanie Smith, today announced that the Museum surpassed $2 million dollars in pledges toward its $3.3 million capital campaign objective)

“I would like to thank the leadership at Metro Credit Union (MA) and  Redwood Credit Union (CA), for their financial support.” Smith said.  “These credit unions join our other campaign supporters in recognizing the importance of preserving, capturing and communicating the unique values and principles of credit unions.”

Metro Credit Union President and CEO, Robert Cashman remarked, “We are proud to be able to support the America’s Credit Union Museum Legacy Campaign and the Museum’s mission of conveying the stories about our industries, roots, our collective philosophy and the people that have made credit unions truly different from other financial institutions.”

President and CEO of Redwood Credit Union, Brett Martinez added, “Credit unions have a rich history and culture rooted in the commitment of people helping people. Preserving and sharing this legacy through the exhibits and artifacts at America’s Credit Union Museum is vital to helping people understand and recognize the important role credit unions play. Our model should be preserved and cherished. Remembering where we come from and how we got here will help ensure future generations don’t lose sight of why credit unions were created.”

The Legacy Capital Campaign will use funds to create both a physical and electronic industry research center, making our industry’s history more accessible; and to add additional exhibit space and improve conference facilities in order to continue serving as a catalyst for the education and growth of credit union professionals.

In February, Credit Union National Association signed on as the campaign’s lead sponsor.  CUNA’s $1 million pledge will fund what will be known as the “CUNA Research Center.

Legacy Campaign Update June 2015

AMERICA’S CREDIT UNION MUSEUM ADDS ADDITIONAL SUPPORTERS TO CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Pledges total more than half of Campaign Goal


Manchester, NH – The goal of raising $3.3 million to expand America’s Credit Union Museum and renovate an adjacent building to form an industry research library continues its momentum with the addition of six additional gifts and pledges totaling more than $227,000. Recent supporters of the campaign include Northeast Credit Union, Southern NH University, Ohio Credit Union League, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, and Triangle Credit Union.
These pledges and gifts put the Museum’s Legacy Campaign at 58% of its goal, or just shy of $2 million dollars pledged towards the $3.3 million dollar capital campaign objective.
Located in on the site where America's first credit union opened its doors in 1908, America's Credit Union Museum has been in operation since 2002. The Museum tells the story of credit union’s beginnings and growth over the last 100 years.  The exhibits bring to life the stories behind credit unions’ unique values and philosophy while connecting the movement’s past with its present and future. 

The Legacy Campaign is a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, add additional exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing Museum building. The campaign surged forward in February when Credit Union National Association pledged to be the lead sponsor.  CUNA’s $1 million pledge would fund what will be known as the “CUNA Research Center.”  

Other sponsors of the campaign to date include:  Service Credit Union, Maine Credit Union League/Synergent, St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union, Bellwether Community Credit Union, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Granite State Credit Union, Cornerstone Credit Union League, Credit Union Resources, Vystar Credit Union, Virginia Credit Union League, California Credit Union League, and an in-kind gift by Third Degree Advertising.

ACUM Announces New Directors

MANCHESTER, NH – America’s Credit Union Museum (acumuseum.org), is pleased to announce the election of Shawn Gilfedder, Bill Raker, and Patricia Lynott, Ph.D to its board of directors.

Shawn Gilfedder is the President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union in East Windsor, NJ.  Shawn is a past Chairman of the New Jersey Credit Union League and is a champion of financial wellness and ensuring credit unions remain committed to their cooperative mission.

Bill Raker is the President and CEO of US Federal Credit Union located in Burnsville, MN.  He serves on a number of national committees and boards including the CUNA Examination and Supervision Subcommittee and was named to the World Council of Credit Unions International Executive Volunteer Corps for his industry efforts in Paraguay and Cambodia.

Patricia Lynott, Ph.D serves as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern New Hampshire University.

“We are thrilled to have Shawn, Bill and Patricia join the board of America’s Credit Union Museum,” stated Michael L’Ecuyer, Chairman of ACUM.  “Their passion for the history of credit unions will help us continue to expand our reach in telling the stories of how credit unions have positively impacted the lives of millions of Americans.”

Also serving on America’s Credit Union Museum’s board of directors are: Ronald Covey, President/CEO of St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union; Diana Dykstra, President/CEO, California Credit Union League; Dick Ensweiler, President/CEO, Cornerstone Credit Union League; Paul Gentile, President, Cooperative Credit Union Association; Michael L’Ecuyer, President/CEO, Bellwether Community Credit Union; Peter Lemire, Esq., Lemire Family Representative;  John Murphy, President, Maine Credit Union League; Jim Nussle, President/CEO, Credit Union National Association; Dennis Pierce, CEO, CommunityAmerica Credit Union; Michael Ray, Director of Corporate Relations, Congressional Federal Credit Union; Bob Trunzo, President/CEO, CUNA Mutual Corp.;  and Terry West, CEO, VyStar Credit Union. 

America’s Credit Union Museum is housed in the building where the country’s first credit union was started in Manchester, NH.  The Museum offers a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that tangibly illustrates the roots of the credit union movement and the important role credit unions continue to play in the present and future.   The Museum is in the middle of a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, add additional exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing Museum building.

 

Third Degree Advertising Develops Campaign Materials

Third Degree Advertising (www.thirddegreeadv.com) completed the fundraising materials for the Legacy Capital Campaign.   Roy Page, CEO of Third Degree, along with his talented team developed the campaign print materials and fundraising video as an in-kind donation to the campaign.

Board Chairman, Michael L'Ecuyer, commented "The generosity of Roy Page and his incredible team has helped to launch our fundraising efforts.  The Third Degree Team have helped us tell the story of the importance of the Museum and the reason why we need to expand the Museum now."