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* SILVER SPRING, Md. (10/15/10)--The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has named Ellen Bernards of NFCC member agency GreenPath Debt Solutions as NFCC’s Professional Achievement and Counseling Excellence (PACE) Outstanding Individual Counselor for 2010. GreenPath, based in Madison, Wis., is a CUNA Strategic Services provider. Bernards created an on-site counseling program with Centro Hispano to deliver housing counseling services to predatory lending victims, acted as co-chair of the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, assisted Spanish and Hmong individuals with personal finances, and more … * ALBANY, N.Y. (10/15/10)--The New York Credit Union Foundation has announced its LifeSmarts competition for 2010-2011 is now open and live at the program’s online site. The educational competition tests middle school and high school students nationwide on real-life consumer issues through online quizzes and live contests about consumer rights, the environment, health and safety, technology and finance. Students work with an adult coach and compete against other teams from New York, with state playoffs on March 30, 2011, in Schenectady (at the Varsity or high school level).. The state winner will proceed to the National Championship, which will be held April 30-May 3, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif. The winner of the Junior Varsity Competition (for middle schoolers) will be decided online, said the foundation … * ST. LOUIS (10/15/10)--Vantage CU debuted its new personal financial management tool, My$Manager, on Oct. 6 to members of MyVantage online banking at the St. Louis-based credit union. The tool works like other Web-based financial management tools that allow members to pull together and view their financial relationships from all institutions to make budgeting and goal setting easier. It features a dashboard that shows members’ entire financial picture based on accounts they’ve added; tools such as tagging; budgeting that tracks fixed and variable expenses; goal-setting and more. Members also can access their dashboard through their mobile phones, where they can check account balances, track goals and budgets and be alerted to upcoming bill deadlines …


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