FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (1/8/08)--The Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF) announced that it has given $360,423 in grants for 2007. The grants included programs to benefit all Texans, and core programs like credit union grants, disaster relief and Southwest CUNA Management School (SCMS) scholarships (LoneStar Leaguer
Jan. 7). “The foundation’s mission includes enabling credit unions to better serve their members, as well as financial education outreach across Texas and our other partners, as well as disaster relief for credit union communities,” said Jill Pharr, TCUF executive director. “We accomplished these things, and much more, with the financial support of our many contributors.” Fifty-eight general grants, totaling $243,423, included:
* $27,000 for the Texas Credit Union League’s (TCUL) REAL Solutions initiative; * $25,000 for BizKid$ Financial Education Series on PBS; * $28,000 for six Junior Achievement partnerships with credit unions in Abilene, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Longview and Tyler; * $25,000 to the El Paso Affordable Housing CUSO; * $17,500 in disaster grants for the Solomon Islands tsunami, Jamaica hurricane, Peru earthquake and California wildfire disasters; * $17,000 for eight chapter grants; * Twenty-nine training and conference scholarships for credit union staff and volunteers; and * Sponsorship of the Texas Council on Economic Education Teacher of the Year Awards.
Nine financial literacy grants, totaling $60,000, included:
* Newspapers in Education programs on financial education in El Paso, Fort Worth and Harlingen; * Sponsorship of the Statewide 4-H Consumer Education Contest for high school students; *Nineteen scholarships for credit union member teachers to attend a national economics conference; and * Printing of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) materials in Spanish, for use in Texas as needed.
The foundation also gave $57,000 to credit union professionals to attend SCMS.