CUNA’s Political Action Committee, CULAC, honored several credit union leagues and a CEO from a $9.9 billion credit union on Monday for their political advocacy work.
During the Governmental Affairs Conference, three leagues were recognized with the CULAC Vanguard Award for achieving the highest percentage of their fundraising goal. The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (South Dakota) came in third place, Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (North Dakota) received second place and the Louisiana Credit Union League came in first.
The CULAC Trustees Award was presented to three leagues for increasing contributions by the highest amount over the previous year. The Northwest Credit Union Association of Oregon came in third, the Michigan Credit Union League was awarded second place while the Cornerstone Credit Union League of Texas came in first place.
The Illinois Credit Union League won the Project Zip Code Award for the greatest increase in credit union participation. The Carolinas Credit Union League (North Carolina) took home the PZC Award for the greatest increase in credit union members identified, while the Alaska Credit Union League won the PZC Award for the greatest total percentage of credit unions participating in the last two years.
According to CUNA, Project Zip Code is a computer program that counts credit union members and matches them by congressional district, state legislative district and county. The totals are uploaded CUNA’s Project Zip Code website and combined with data from other credit unions nationwide.
“This data aids in federal and state advocacy efforts, and is useful to credit unions interested in ATM expansion or shared branching,” said CUNA’s website.
The final award was the Buck Levins Credit Union Political Activist Award, which was presented to Rudy Hanley at the $9.9 billion SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana, Calif.