A $20,000 donation has been made to the Iowa Credit Union Foundation in honor of Warren Morrow, the 34-year-old CEO and founder of Coopera who died last month.
Affiliates Management Company, a holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League, made the gift as a way to recognize Morrow’s commitment and contribution to the ICUF over the years, which many view as one of his more significant legacies.
Morrow was instrumental in the ICUF’s ability to obtain a $428,323 grant that provided matching funds to launch Iowa’s first Credit Union Individual Development Account program and created the ICUF’s first executive director position five years ago.
“The Foundation would not be where it is today without Warren’s talents and vision,” said Marybeth Foster, executive director of ICUF. “Warren dedicated his life to helping the underserved, and this very generous gift from ICUL and AMC will be used to keep his spirit alive through the Foundation and our efforts to improve the financial lives of Iowans in need. The gift is an overwhelming and fitting tribute to Warren. We are all better people for having worked with and known him.”
Morrow, a native of Mexico, dedicated his life to helping the underserved Hispanic community achieve financial stability in Iowa and throughout the U.S.
He started Coopera with the Iowa Credit Union League in 2006 to help credit unions grow their Hispanic market presence and create more banked families within Latino communities across the country.
Morrow, 34, died of a heart attack on Feb. 15 and is survived by his wife, Christina Fernandez-Morrow, who serves on the ICUF board, and 7-year-old daughter, Ariana.