REMINDER: CUNA Awards entries due May 3

on "April 16, 2021 1:10 pm"

Each year CUNA promotes three award programs that recognize credit unions that go above and beyond to serve members, the community, and promote youth and adult financial literacy.

Your credit union is invited to submit entries in these award programs from now until May 3, 2021. National judging of the best state level submissions begin June 30, 2021.

dmaxwell logoThe Maxwell Award is presented to credit unions for outstanding social responsibility projects in their communities. Activities may include: solving core community problems, coordinating supply drives for the needy, raising money or organizing special events for charitable organizations, or mentoring students. Dora Maxwell was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution and a tireless organizer of hundreds of credit unions throughout the United States. She also developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked diligently with organizations on behalf of the poor.

The Herring award is given to a credit union demonstrating the internal application of credit union philosophy to help better financial matters and increase financial education for its members.  Examples include: exceptional member service, financial counseling for members experiencing difficulties, and educating members on the credit union difference.  Louise Herring was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution when she was an Ohio delegate to the 1934 national credit union conference in Estes Park, CO. She saw credit unions as more than just financial institutions and believed they should work to better people’s lives. 

lherring logoThe Desjardins Award honors credit unions, chapters, and leagues for their commitment to both youth and adult financial literacy. The award is named after Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement. Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires. He established caisse populaires, cooperative savings and loan companies, to encourage the working classes to save and plan for the future and provided the credit they needed for economic recovery.

In an effort to streamline the submission process for our member credit unions and to reduce financial and human resources spent on the submission process, CUNA and the Leagues have collaborated to produce one standardized format and online submission process for our member credit unions. 

Submission Instructions
You will automatically establish an account when you create an application to submit your first project by clicking on the designated link below. You may save your work and return to the submission site as often as needed as long as you complete and submit all parts of the project submission by the due date for the respective awards program. 

Please note - you will not have a login or password until you start a submission (links below).  Your current login/password for does not transfer to this site.
desjardins 03 Submission Links

             Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

             Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award

             Desjardins Financial Education Awards