Your votes are needed! Financial Reality Foundation vying for $15,000 Strong Communities Award

on "September 10, 2018 1:37 pm"

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) announced The Financial Reality Foundation in conjunction with Alaska USA FCU, Credit Union 1, Northern Skies FCU, Tongass FCU, Aloha Pacific FCU, Hawaii USA FCU, and Hawaiian Financial FCU (fka Hawaiian Tel FCU), has been selected as one of seven competing for $15,000 to use to further promote economic development opportunities in their community.

As FHLB Des Moines member financial institutions, these credit unions partnered to apply for the Strong Communities Award, highlighting support for "Get REAL Financial Reality Fair" events. The events serve as a fun, hands-on way for students and young adults to learn about managing personal finances. During the 2017-2018 school year, credit unions in Alaska and Hawaii sponsored a combined 99 events, reaching a total of 5,632 students.

The Strong Communities Award honors projects, people, and programs that promote local small business growth and retention. The winners of the award will be determined through a public vote.

"We are excited to announce the Financial Reality Foundation as a finalist for our Strong Communities Award," said Mike Wilson, president and CEO, FHLB Des Moines. "The "Get REAL Financial Reality Fair project demonstrated the organizations' strong commitment to their communities, and we wish them the best of luck as we enter the public voting period."

The public can now vote for finalists from Sept. 10 - Sept. 14, 2018. FHLB Des Moines challenges communities to rally behind their project by visiting the Strong Communities Award homepage at The voting will serve as a component of the selection process to choose the winners."We want students to have strong financial futures and the ability to make smart budgeting decisions," commented Karina Wentworth, Financial Reality Foundation, Executive Director. "These fairs, which give students valuable experience with real-life budgeting, are critical to achieving future financial success. We are honored to be a part of such a worthwhile program."

Winners will be awarded $15,000 each, and runner-ups will be awarded $3,000 each. For more information on the FHLB Des Moines Strong Communities Award visit