Iowa Credit Union Foundation 
ICUF Newsletter: August 2011
In This Issue
Financial Education Articles Now Available Online
2011 ICUF Financial Education Grant Application Due Aug. 31
"Building Relationships with Schools" Webinar: August 23
July Financial Education Webinar Recap
Updated Financial Education Toolkit
ICUF Silent Auction and Benefit Night - We Need Your Support!
Miracle Jeans Day is Sept. 14
Iowa Jump$tart Conference Recap

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  Upcoming Financial Education Webinars:

August 23
Building Relationships with Schools Through Financial Education

September 20
Topic will be revealed as the date gets closer.



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ICUF was established in 1995. Its mission is to help Iowans build wealth, responsibility and independence, with the vision to eliminate poverty in the State of Iowa.

Financial Education

Financial Education Articles Now Available Online


ICUF and Adam Carroll recently published eight new articles regarding financial education for your credit union to use in its newsletter, on its website or wherever you best see fit.
Click here to view and download these free articles. You can also access them by logging into the ICUF members-only website and clicking on "Financial Education Toolkit Resources" in the "Financial Education" area.

Sample article:
Talking Money with Teens
Talking money with your teenager could be compared to washing the dog. It's not all that fun, but it does need to happen every now and again. Teenagers today weild some of the greatest spending power of any...Read More.

2011 ICUF Financial Education Grant Application Deadline is August 31!

clockTime is running out to apply for the 2011 ICUF Financial Education Grant! The grant was created to help credit unions develop a financial education program or enhance an existing financial education program.

These grants should be seen as seed money, rather than the only funding source for a program. The credit union must be a member in good standing of the Iowa Credit Union League.

Click here to download the application. All applications are due by Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Please contact Marybeth Foster at 800.860.6180 x3001 with any questions.
Financial Education Webinar - August 23 

"Building Relationships with Schools Through Financial Education"


As a new school year approaches, now is the time to examine what you need to do in order to build relationships with the schools in your area.

The need for financial education content in local elementary, middle and high schools is an on-going issue, and your credit union can help!

Join us on Tuesday, August 23 at 11:30 a.m. as Adam Carroll shares concrete strategies on getting your credit union to be a preferred partner at your local schools. You'll learn exactly what the school districts are required to teach, how you can provide the content they need and how to make the first move in building this relationship.

Registration is not needed. Please use the following information to log into the webinar on August 23:

Webinar Login Information: 
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Toll-Free (US & Canada): 866.740.1260
Access Code: 2212110

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If you have questions or need more information, contact Adam Carroll at

As a reminder, this webinar series is intended to provide Iowa credit unions with informational resources and templates to jumpstart a new or supplement current financial education initiatives.

July Financial Education
Webinar - RECAP
"Plastic Surgery - Getting Out of Debt"


cut up credit cardThank you to those who attended the "Plastic Surgery - Getting Out of Debt" webinar. If you would like to review or share the information discussed during the webinar, the following information is available on the ICUF website:

Webinar Description
The webinar focused on several strategies to radpily reduce your debit. Presenter Adam Carroll also provided forms to help you stay on track and divulged a few creative ideas to help you make a little extra "debt-elimination" money.

Don't have a username and password for the ICUF members-only site? Get one today by clicking here.

Updated Financial Eduation Toolkit


Financial EducationThe Iowa Credit Union Foundation has published a new edition of its "Financial Education Toolkit," made exclusively available for Iowa credit unions. This toolkit contains descriptions of nearly 20 financial education tools that credit unions can use or promote to local classrooms in their communities.

Recently added tool "The Stock Market Game" is a ten-week simulation of Wall Street training, and sets up a competition across grades - free of charge! Download the updated Financial Education Toolkit to uncover more resources today!

Sponsorships and Donations

ICUF Silent Auction and Benefit Night

Believe it or not, the 2011 Iowa Credit Union Convention is right around the corner! And that means so is the annual ICUF Silent Auction and Benefit Night.

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ICUF is asking for donations for its annual Silent Auction to be held at this year's Convention. All proceeds will go towards funding ICUF programs. The auction items will be open for bid in the Trade Show area during Trade Show hours, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.

Benefit Night
Make plans to join us as we cut loose at the 2011 ICUF Benefit Night at the Des Moines Marriott, Downtown. Connect with fellow Convention attendees over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails as local cover band Flipside provides the evening's entertainment. Admission can be purchased through the Convention registration website. Your support is much appreciated.

Questions? Contact Marybeth Foster at 800.860.6180 x3001.

Education and Events

Miracle Jeans Day - September 14


The new Miracle Jeans Day campaig is a fun and easy way for credit unions to involve their employees and members in supporting their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Jump on over to and download a variety of materials to help your credit union promote the campaign. Additional information regarding the campaign can be found on the Miracle Jeans Day website as well.

Questions? Contact Felicity Guerin, Credit Union for Kids Liaison.

Show Me the Money!
Iowa Jump$tart Conference Recap

JumpSTartLogoICUF was proud to be a co-sponsor of the 11th Annual Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference on July 21 at DMACC.

Adam Carroll, ICUF's Financial Education Consultant and founder of National Financial Educators, coached attendees on the messages students need to hear if they are going to successfully plan their "financial life."

Credit union professionals from Alliant Credit Union, Ascentra Credit Union and Veridian Credit Union were in attendance.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were in attendance and spoke to attendees about the importance of financial education and partnering with local financial institutions, including credit unions.
ICUF is a member of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition.

For more information on any of the information listed above, please contact Marybeth Foster, ICUF Executive Director, at or 515.221.3001.

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