Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation is a 501C3 charitable organization
What is the Foundation?
From the beginning of our movement, credit unions have rallied around the People Helping People® philosophy. In the spirit of cooperation and unity, The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation was formed in 1996 to benefit consumers and credit unions alike.
The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with a main purpose of providing individuals, credit unions and their communities with the human and financial resources to stimulate socio-economic growth.
The Foundation is headed up by a board composed of 13 voting members and four ex-officio members.
Some of the ways in which the Pennsylvania Foundation hopes to help credit unions and other organizations include:
- Supporting development by helping small credit unions to survive and new ones to form
- Supporting strategic planning and marketing activities by small credit unions.
- Offering educational scholarships and training credit union staff and volunteers
- Helping community development, low-income designated community and underserved credit unions to expand
- Providing disaster relief grants to credit unions
- Partnering with the National Credit Union Foundation
- Partnering with schools, community centers and the workplace through financial literacy
- Googolpex - engaging games and experiences from elementary through high school students.
- Guides to Independence - a Web tool with a series of interactive courses, activities and quizzes that teach high school students money management skills in a quick and fun format.
- Money Mission - Money Mission won't bore students with reading or exams. Instead, the game allows players, through a personalized avatar, to live in a virtual community in which they work, play, study, and take advantage of opportunities and adventures.
- Jumpstart is one of the best clearinghouses for financial literacy available at present. Since the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association is a member of Jumpstart, credit unions are welcomed to visit its website at www.jumpstart.org for appropriate information.
For information on reputable organizations or appropriate financial education publications, click on www.jumpstart.org/mdb/jssearch.cfm
Under “Key Word” enter either the known organization or publication for which information is sought.
If you do not know the specific organization or publication, browse the site by “Grade Level” (including adult), “Type of Material” and “Description”. By indicating all three, you will be able to reduce the number of publications and better suit your needs.
- Biz Kid$ - Helping Kids Make and Manage Money
Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes a TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, a website and a monthly on-line newsletter targeting children 9 – 16 years old. It is the first national public television series promoting financial education for elementary and middle school students. The National Credit Union Foundation is responsible for fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities for Biz Kid$. The Foundation's involvement solidifies the commitment that America’s credit unions have to educating our youth in the skills necessary to be financially literate. Click here for the Support Biz Kid$ page.
- NEFE (National Endowment of Financial Education) has a free teacher's guide and student curriculum available for high school financial education. If you wish to order these materials, contact Ms. Lenel Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 303-224-3511.
- FoolProof National teaches life skills, not just work skills. It is training for young and/or entry-level workers with limited experience in safely navigating the free enterprise system.
- Accel Members Financial Counseling provides education and debt management counseling to individuals and families in an effort to improve financial literacy and condition.
Qualifying Project Criteria
- Credit unions engaged in financial literacy
- Small credit unions engaged in strategic planning, technology, marketing and debit card development
- Credit union staff who serve underserved groups and are in need of education and training
- New credit union members in underserved areas
- Disaster victims and credit union facility disasters
- Education of consumers about financial life skills
- Elementary, Middle School, High School and college students
- Members of community organizations and the workplace
- Community support that enhances a credit union’s social responsibility
Our Mission Statement
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation (PACUF) is dedicated to providing resources that advance the credit union movement in Pennsylvania, promoting credit union success, and building education and awareness of the credit union philosophy in the community.
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For more information about the Foundation, call or e-mail Joseph Wambach, Executive Director at 800-932-0661, ext. 5244, or write:
Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation
4309 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
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- Reality Fairs
- Student Branches
- Board Access