Disaster Relief Support

The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is a resource for credit unions and communities that are in need of assistance because of a disastrous event. Through the years, the Foundation has worked with the National Credit Union Foundation, state and local government officials and credit unions in reaching those in need during times of disaster. Nearly $3 million has been awarded in disaster relief grants since the Foundation’s disaster fund was established following the September 11, 2001 attacks.


Guided by the call from leaders of credit unions in the Carolinas, the Carolinas Credit Union League & Carolinas Credit Union Foundation set a goal of raising $50,000 for the Ukrainian Credit Union Displacement Fund by April 1, 2022. Together, the credit union community in the Carolinas raised more than $280,000 through May 2022. The fund, established by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, directs support to mitigate the impact to Ukraine’s credit union system and those that look to it for support, including both employees and members.


The Foundation activated its Disaster Relief Fund in April of 2020 to support a COVID-19 Relief Program, available to employees of Carolina-based credit unions who were experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Over the course of a year, the Foundation processed more than 500 grants and $380,425 was disbursed to hundreds of Carolina-based credit union employees. The Foundation is grateful to the many donors, both current and past donors, who made these hardship grants possible. 2020-2021 Disaster Relief Fund donors include: Allegacy, Anderson, Charlotte Metro, Coastal, Fort Bragg, Greenville, Palmetto Citizens, SC Federal, Self-Help, Sharonview, Shuford, State Employees’, Excess Share Insurance and individual donors from the Carolinas Credit Union League.


In 2018, Hurricane Florence devastated many in the Carolinas, and the Foundation was there to help our credit union employees get back quickly to serving members. To date, we have processed 253 grants and awarded $180,418.43 in aid to credit union employees. We are very appreciative of all donors in the Carolinas and across the country who made these grants possible, and of the time and energy of part-time Foundation staff and the League to ensure that funds were delivered quickly to those in need. Click here to view the list of 2018 Disaster Relief Fund donors.


In 2017, hurricanes and wildfires created unsurmountable destruction and a total of $558,000 was donated by the credit union industry in the Carolinas. A factor that enhanced local contributions was the Carolinas Foundation’s decision to implement a grant-matching campaign following each call for aid by the National Credit Union Foundation and the World Council of Credit Union. In total, the Carolinas Foundation provided $15,000 in support with its matched grant initiatives for credit unions impacted in 2017. $537,300 came from credit unions directly and close to $6,000 was provided by credit union members and employees. Click here to view the list of 2017 Disaster Relief Fund donors.


In 2016, $100,000 was disbursed in the Carolinas after Hurricane Matthew in the form of quick impact grants to credit union employees and members as well as grants to Community Foundations for ongoing recovery efforts.

Need Our Help?

If you are a credit union employee or volunteer in the Carolinas who has sustained damage in a disaster, please contact Lauren Whaley for a grant application.

Want To Donate?

The Foundation does not charge a fee to administer the Disaster Relief Fund, This means that each donation or contribution is disbursed dollar-for-dollar. If you would like to contribute to the disaster fund, please forward your check to:

Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Attention: Disaster Relief PO Box 1787 Columbia, SC 29202