SALT LAKE CITY, Utah–Children’s Miracle Network’s Credit Unions for Kids has formed a new program it says it aimed at bringing togetheryoung credit union professionals to help envision what the future of credit union philanthropy might look like in 2025.
Called “Project 2025,” the program includes 10 emerging leaders from credit unions and credit union-affiliated organizations across the country.
According to Credit Unions for Kids, during the year-long program the team will “bring fresh perspectives and ideas to Children’s Miracle Network’s CU4Kids program – and help to cultivate a new generation of community-focused leaders for the credit union movement.”
“Credit unions and their community non-profit partners have enjoyed an incredible synergy over the years, and the mutual benefits go far beyond the millions of dollars raised,” said Nick Coleman, director of strategic partnerships for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “CU4Kids credit unions have provided valuable insights on how we can shape our programs to best serve credit unions and their members. And, in turn, the success credit unions have in partnering with CU4Kids serves as an inspiration for their staff and leadership.”
CU4Kids said Project 2025 members will explore new technology, research innovative ways financial institutions are supporting their communities, and consider how these actions can align with credit union philanthropy.
The group’s fundamental learning objectives are:
- Understanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the business value it provides
- Learning how to use data to measure and analyze CSR impact
- Studying new financial technology trends and their relevance to credit union success
- Honing leadership and team-working skills
- Networking with influential credit union leaders and peers in the industry
CU4Kids said Project 2025 members will meet monthly by video conference and twice in person. The first meeting is in conjunction with CUNA’s YP Conference and the final meeting is to occur in March 2020 at the CMNH Children’s Hospitals Week in Orlando. There, Project 2025 teams will present their research and recommendations to the CU4Kids National Advisory and Activation Boards, the organization said.
The Program Participants
Participants in this program include:
- Kristin Ryan, CUNA, director of Learning Events
- Joey Griffith, Communications FCU, compliance officer
- Megan Balogh, CUNA Mutual Group, Director of Corporate & Legislative Affairs
- Adam Freehling, PSCU, Program Manager of Events & Conferences
- Christina Pontisso, CUNA, Social Media Administrator
- Layna Officer, Blue FCU, Member Experience Trainer
- Peter Rector, Maps Credit Union, Community Outreach Coordinator
- Maricela Jauregui, South Bay Credit Union, Chief Experience Officer
- Lorna Quinn, SchoolsFirst FCU, Manager of Member Care Team
- Rachael Jernigan, Associated Credit Union, Public Relations Coordinator
- Aimee Berg, Unitus Credit Union, Community Development Manager
- Meagan Valley, First Tech FCU, Community Engagement Manager
- Tom Slemp, SECU Maryland, Senior Community Outreach Specialist