The CU Foundation

The Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas (CUFD) is a unique shared investment program that strengthens the credit union movement throughout the Dakotas, across the US, and worldwide. You choose to help all credit unions make a difference.

Purpose: To build community awareness of Dakota credit unions through support of children’s charities; community and social impact organizations or projects; financial education and financial literacy programs through the credit union chapter system; and to provide higher education scholarships throughout our service region in the Dakotas.

Mission: To establish a charitable Credit Union Foundation so that we can sustain long lasting contributions with a more significant impact on our Dakota credit unions and their communities they serve.



The Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas will award twenty $500 scholarships for undergraduate applicants that exemplify the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” through volunteering, community service, and leadership. Ten scholarships will be awarded to North Dakota applicants and ten to South Dakota applicants. Applications must be postmarked by March 31. Scholarship winners will be announced in May 2019.

Please download your scholarship form and follow the eligibility and application requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Welder, Executive Director of the Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas, at 701.250.3968 or

Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas Scholarship Form


Social Impact Grants

We're pleased to announce 2019 Social Impact Grants are now available. 

How to Apply

To be eligible, grant applications must be emailed to by May 30, 2019. Late, incomplete, or faxed applications will not be considered.

Click here to download the 2019 application and learn more about the grant summary and eligibility. 


Dakota Credit Unions Care Campaign

The Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas will be running Dakota Credit Unions Care Campaign through the month of April in conjunction with CUNA's Youth Saving's Month. 

The Dakota Credit Unions Care Campaign will feature little green “CU Super Hero” icons to be displayed throughout credit unions across the two states. Upon request, the CUFD will mail to each credit union a supply of CU Super Hero cards to sell to staff, volunteers, and members. For each $1 donation, individuals can proudly display a CU Super Hero icon on the walls or windows of their credit union branches. All proceeds will go directly to the CUFD, to support their efforts in building awareness of Dakota credit unions. 

Participation and support of this fundraising campaign is easy and voluntary! Here’s how:

  • To create more awareness your credit union may want to order T-shirts for your team to wear throughout this campaign. CUFD will provide you with the necessary artwork, and each credit union can, at their own expense, work with the T-shirt vendor of choice to order sizes and quantity needed and ensure delivery in time for the campaign kickoff date of April 1st. To learn more about this, you can contact Lori Welder.  
  • Please contact Debbi Kruckenberg if you would like to be mailed the green CU Hero icons to your credit union headquarters. Each credit union will need to distribute to their departments or branches. Please specify how many you would like in groups of 50. You can download posters to use in your lobby here
  • Beginning April 1st, ask your members for a $1 donation to purchase a CU Hero icon to support CUFD charities and programs. Fill in the member name and hang the CU Heroes on your lobby walls or windows. 

In addition, if your credit union chooses charities to support with financial donations each month or quarter, such as blue jeans Fridays or bake sales, we humbly ask that you consider donating those funds to CUFD during the month of April. You can make a competition out of it between states, or even your own branches. Have fun with this!


2nd Annual CUFD Golf Tournament

Thank you to our 2018 Golf Tournament sponsors!

Birdie Sponsor


Box Lunch Sponsor


Dinner Sponsor


Hole Sponsor


Beverage Cart Sponsor


Foundation Board

  • Darla Schaefer, Flasher Community Credit Union – Chair
  • Jane Duerre, NorStar Federal Credit Union – Vice-Chair
  • Katie Nehl, First Community Credit Union – Secretary
  • Abby Murano, Aberdeen Federal Credit Union – Treasurer
  • Mike Reisnour, Dakota Plains Credit Union
  • Darla Erb, Voyage Federal Credit Union
  • Jeff Olson, Credit Union Association of the Dakotas – Director
  • John Schlimgen, Alloya Corporate FCU – Director
  • Lori Welder, Credit Union Association of the Dakotas – Executive Director