MADISON, Wis. (7/13/12)--The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) through its REAL Solutions program has issued a resource guide for its free online report entitled "Credit Unions: Focused on Financial Capability Across the Nation," which was released earlier this year.
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The report and guide are the result of a nearly yearlong data collection effort by NCUF and state credit union leagues to illustrate how the credit union movement is making a difference through financial education and counseling.
The new guide is designed to help credit unions and others access resources, information and curricula already created to help them offer even more financial literacy programs.
"The report was the 'what' and the new resource guide is the 'how' and 'where' for credit unions," said Lois Kitsch, NCUF National REAL Solutions program director. "When using this guide, think of how your credit union can move members to the next level. Financial education is the credit union output, but consumer behavior change that leads to financial security is the desired result."
To download the guide and the full report at no-cost, use the REAL Solutions link. All files are in .PDF format.
The report included intervention techniques used by credit unions to provide financial counseling/education to their members. Its intent was to quantify the depth and breadth of opportunities credit unions offer members/consumers to help them gain financial decision-making skills.
NCUF has several ongoing projects to assist credit unions with the development, measurement and implementation of educational programs. NCUF and REAL Solutions plan to continue to gather and publish data about credit unions' financial education provisions to demonstrate the positive impact credit unions have on members, consumers and their communities.
For questions on the resource guide or the report itself, contact Lois Kitsch at firstname.lastname@example.org