“The credit Union movement. It is a great movement, worthy of great deeds, deserving of great loyalty.”
Welcome to the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s Hero and CUNA Awards Program resource page! Here you will find all the information and resource links you need to successfully complete your nomination for the state-level CUNA Awards as well as the Foundation’s annual Hero Awards.
All state-level CUNA Award and Foundation Hero Award winners are recognized each year at the Foundation’s Awards Gala. Past recipients of these honors can be found here. As your credit union members, employees and volunteers do good deeds on behalf of members and the community, we encourage you to honor their efforts by submitting an award in the appropriate category!
For more information on the Hero and CUNA Awards Programs, please contact Lauren Whaley or Jeff Hardin. State-level CUNA Awards information and links may be found just below, and if you would like to skip down to the Hero Awards criteria, please click here.
CUNA Awards Program
CUNA created three awards to recognize credit unions for their remarkable and innovative efforts to support communities, provide financial education, and implement the credit union philosophy in daily operations. These awards honor three credit union pioneers who made a lasting impact on the worldwide credit union movement: Alphonse Desjardins, Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring.
Nominations from credit unions in the Carolinas are received electronically in the summer of each year. These nominations are then reviewed by a volunteer committee in the Carolinas, with statewide winners selected and announced in late summer each year. All statewide nominations are honored at the Foundation’s Awards Gala, which is held in conjunction with the Carolinas Credit Union League’s LAUNCH Conference.
On the national level, CUNA selects a volunteer committee to review all statewide first place winners in order to determine national award winners. CUNA Award Winners on the national level are announced in the fall and honored in the first quarter of the following year.
CUNA Awards Categories
Nominations are accepted from credit unions for the following awards:
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
CUNA created the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award to encourage and honor credit union and chapter involvement in community projects and activities. Dora Maxwell was a community activist who committed her life to credit union development, to her community and to serving the underserved.
The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award
This award, named for one of the original signers of the 1934 constitution that created CUNA, recognizes credit unions that do an extraordinary job incorporating credit union philosophy into daily operations. Louise Herring started numerous credit unions and believed strongly in applying credit union philosophy as an operating principle.
Alphonse Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards
The Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Award programs recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for members and nonmembers of all ages. The award, named after credit union pioneer Alphonse Desjardins, emphasizes the movement's longtime commitment to financial education. Nominations are accepted separately for programs benefiting young people and adults.
How to Submit a CUNA Awards Application
To submit a nomination in any of these award categories, please use this link. (Please note that application criteria for each award may be found in the tabbed menu of the awards portal where you submit your applications. Please review the awards criteria carefully before submitting an application.) Please go to the CUNA Awards page for more information and to learn more about past national winners in each category.
CUNA Awards Nomination Timeline
July 21, 2023 – Extended deadline for all nominations for CUNA Awards from the Carolinas.
August 2023 – Statewide winners announced by the Foundation and the League.
Fall 2023 – CUNA Award Winners announced.
Early 2024 – All statewide award winners honored at the Foundation’s Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the League’s LAUNCH Conference.
Early 2024 – National winners honored by CUNA (date, time and format to be announced by CUNA).
Each year, the Foundation honors people and organizations who have made or continue to make a transformational impact on the credit union movement. Hero Award winners are honored at the Foundation’s Awards Gala each year.
Nominations for the following awards categories are accepted:
How to Apply:
Please submit a detailed letter outlining the individual or organization and why they are deserving of a Hero Award. A minimum of one page is encouraged describing achievements, success stories, community and leadership positions and any other honors. Specifically for the Partner in Philanthropy nomination, please address community impact and the dedication of this organization or group to the cooperative principles.
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s nomination committee, elected by the Board of Directors, will consider all submissions for the 2022 Hero Awards. Please submit your nomination letter via email to Lauren Whaley at [email protected] by September 22, 2023.