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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 the 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.


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

   

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 lwelder@cuad.coop by November 1, 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. 

 

NEW! Special Match Program for Chapters! 

This year, the CUFD has instituted a new incentive specifically for credit union chapters. The CUFD board voted to grant $500 to each credit union chapter as part of the initiative to support financial wellness. IN ADDITION: the CUFD will match funds that any chapter contributes to a Foundation approved project, up to $500. To receive funds, chapters must submit projects that promote financial education for approval. For example, in an approved project, if the chapter contributes in $500, the Foundation will match $500, plus the original $500 grant for a total of $1,500. Chapters that complete projects that were not pre-approved will only receive a $500 grant, not the bonus match.

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Scholarships

The Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas (CUFD) is thrilled to announce that twenty $500 Dakotas’ Credit Union Financial Scholarships were just awarded to the following North Dakota and South Dakota recipients. These scholarships are made possible because of your financial support of our fundraising efforts, and we thank you.  

The recipients for North Dakota are:

  • Breanna Olson of Forbes, ND is a recent high school graduate and a member of Dakota Plains CU.
  • Tyra Steinwand of Edgeley, ND is a current college student and is a member of Dakota Plains CU.
  • Emily Scheresky of Washburn, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Dakota West CU.
  • Elyse Paulson of Bowman, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Dakota West CU.
  • Philip Hagen of Kulm, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Hometown CU.
  • Megan McCarthy of Hazen, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Capital CU.
  • Chesnea Heyd of LaMoure, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of LaMoure CU.
  • Ana Mart of LaMoure, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of LaMoure CU.
  • Jacob Corcoran of Fargo, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Postal Family FCU.
  • Sydnee Steele of Beach, ND is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Western Cooperative CU.

The recipients for South Dakota are:

  • Megan Streier of Aberdeen, SD is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Aberdeen FCU.
  • Samantha Menzia of Conde, SD is a current college student and is a member of Aberdeen FCU.
  • Michelle Goens of Watertown, SD is a current college student and is a member of Avanti FCU.
  • Jamie Holforty of Huron, SD is a recent high school graduate and member of Dakotaland FCU & Huron Area Education FCU.
  • Matthew Katz of Huron, SD is a recent high school graduate and is a member of Dakotaland FCU.
  • Evan Groce of Madison, SD is a recent high school graduate and is a member of East River FCU.
  • Lacee Fedeler of Madison, SD is a current college student and is a member of East River FCU.
  • Parker Broer of Huron, SD is a recent high school graduate and is a member of M-O FCU.
  • Ryan Wilen of Sturgis, SD is a current college student and is a member of Northern Hills FCU.
  • Karli Soyland of Sioux Falls, SD is a current college student and is a member of Sioux Falls FCU.

This is the second year that the CUFD has awarded $10,000 in scholarships. A panel of six judges selected the students based upon volunteer experience, school activity involvement and an essay written by the students: “How has your credit union affected both you and your family?” The students will use the individual $500 scholarships to pursue or continue their degrees in higher education. High school seniors or current college students who are credit union members are eligible to apply each year.

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3rd Annual CUFD Golf Scramble

We're proud to announce REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas 3rd Annual Golf Scramble on August 29, 2019 at the Apple Creek Country Club, Bismarck.
*Please note new date and venue. Also note lunch is on your own - there will be no box lunch available.

We hope you consider coming to our golf tournament! All proceeds raised go directly to the CUFD to be used to provide higher education scholarships, grants for financial education, and to support children's charities in the region. While reaching out to the communities in these ways, we create more awareness of Dakota credit unions as a better financial services option for consumers.

Click here to download a brochure with more information and pricing for attending or becoming a sponsor.

Click here to download the registration/sponsor form or click below to register or select a sponsorship online now

Available Sponsorships:

  • Birdie Sponsor
     
  • Par Sponsor
     
  • Team & Hole Sponsor
        

     
  • Team Sponsors
    Dakota Plains Credit Union  |  First Community Credit Union  |  Voyage Federal Credit Union 
    Allied Solutions  |  Capital Credit Union  |  Prairie Federal Credit Union

        
  • Hole Sponsors

                
         

     
  • Dinner Sponsor (SOLD):

     
  • Beverage Sponsor (SOLD):

For additional information, please contact Lori Welder at 701-250-3968 or lwelder@cuad.coop.

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Dakota Credit Unions Care Campaign

All through the month of April, the Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas (CUFD) held their 3rd Dakota Credit Unions Care Campaign, in conjunction with CUNA’s National Credit Union Youth Month. After receiving all the donations from the participating credit unions and the individuals who pledged to match our CEO Jeff Olson’s challenge, we are thrilled to report that the final total raised this year was $2,547.61! This is the most money raised so far during this campaign over the past three years.

The donations came from 12 individual credit union professionals who responded to Jeff’s challenge of $1 a day equaling $30 and the outstanding participation from 14 credit unions in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Sincere thanks to these participating credit unions:
• Dakota Plains CU (Edgeley, ND)
• Dakota West CU (Watford City, ND)
• Flasher CCU (Flasher, ND)
• GEM FCU (Minot, ND)
• Hometown CU (Kulm, ND)
• Lakota FCU (Kyle, SD)
• Med Park CU (Grand Forks, ND)
• Med5 (Rapid City, SD)
• Norstar FCU (Britton, SD)
• North Star CCU (Maddock, ND)
• Postal Family FCU (Fargo, ND)
• Prairie Federal (Minot, ND)
• Voyage FCU (Sioux Falls, SD)
• Western Co-op CU (Williston, ND)

We would also like to acknowledge these individuals who each pledged $30:
• Judy Wolff (Avanti FCU)
• Debbie Kruckenberg (CUAD)
• Jeff Olson (CUAD)
• Lori Welder (CUAD)
• Lisa Snedeker (Dakotaland FCU)
• Mechelle Johnson (East River FCU)
• Harold Hagen (Hometown CU)
• Jane Duerre (Norstar FCU)
• Bob Herrington (North Star CCU)
• Fran Sommerfeld (Sioux Falls FCU)
• Joey Rotert (Sioux Falls FCU)
• Lacey TerWee (University FCU)

The Dakota Credit Unions Care Campaign features little green CU Hero icons which are supplied by the Foundation, to be purchased and displayed throughout our member credit unions across the two states. Credit union staff, volunteers and members participate by making a $1 donation, and all proceeds go directly to the CUFD to support children’s charities, financial education, scholarships, and community needs.

Please keep this annual event in mind for next April! We would love to see even more credit unions participating!

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