MADISON, Wis. (3/7/14)--Credit Unions for Kids and the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) are partnering to enhance the financial education opportunities for patients and families at every Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital nationwide.
Credit unions and leagues can now sponsor a box set of "Biz Kid$" DVDs for their local CMN Hospital for $300. Donations will help patients suchs Tony Signorelli, the Children's Miracle Network's "Miracle Child" from Oregon, who is holding the eight-DVD set of the TV show "Biz Kid$." Signorelli was born with Dandy-Walker syndrome and Liddle's syndrome, both of which are extremely rare. Dandy-Walker syndrome is a congenital brain malformation that causes intracranial pressure. Liddle's syndrome involves abnormal kidney function when too much sodium is reabsorbed and too much potassium is lost. (Photo provided by National Credit Union Foundation)
Credit unions and leagues can now sponsor a box set of 65 episodes of "Biz Kid$" on DVDs for their local CMN Hospital for $300. If box sets are purchased by March 15, donations to the hospitals will be during April, which is National Financial Literacy Month.
Under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids, the credit union movement is the third-largest corporate contributor to CMN Hospitals, behind only Wal-Mart and Costco. Credit Unions for Kids has raised more than $110 million for CMN Hospitals since its inception in 1996.
Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative of the NCUF that includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, a website and a monthly online newsletter targeting children 9 to 16 years old.
"We hope the donation of the 'Biz Kid$'" program will develop an even deeper credit union/hospital relationship where credit unions not only support the financial needs of the hospital but also the financial needs of the patient families," said Danielle Brown, NCUF director of development and donor relations.
Each eight-disc set of "Biz Kid$" for the CMN Hospitals donation program has been specially created with room for a credit union or league to customize the DVD box set with its logo or URL.
Each participating credit union or league that sponsors a "Biz Kid$" DVD box set by March 15 will be included in CU4Kids and NCUF press releases touting the initiative and receive acknowledgement on the NCUF and CU4Kids websites. Sponsors will also receive thanks via Twitter by @CU4Kids and appear in a "thank you" ad running in credit union trade publications.
"In addition to being valuable for the kids and their families, we strongly believe this initiative will be beneficial for credit unions as well," said Felicity Guerin, Credit Unions for Kids development manager for the American Association of Credit Union Leagues.