Since the Foundation’s founding in in 1993, only a handful of individuals have served at the helm of leading this philanthropic organization. In late 2015, Lauren Whaley was hired to serve as the President of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation having most recently served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs in Raleigh, NC at the Carolinas Credit Union League. In her nearly eight years at the League, Lauren developed influential relationships with lawmakers and credit union officials while advocating for credit union business concerns as well as their unique focus on people and communities. Lauren was also instrumental in the growth of CUaware having served as a founding Board member while at the League. Lauren’s passion for the credit union industry started shortly after graduation from NC State University when she served as public relations and marketing coordinator for Truliant Federal Credit Union of Winston-Salem.
In her role at the Foundation, she has expanded its focus in serving as a philanthropic partner to credit unions in the Carolinas. Through the management of scholarship programs and donor advised funds, credit unions are able to streamline their give-back initiatives. Further, under Lauren’s leadership, credit unions and our hero professionals are recognized for their dedication to the credit union industry and its ideals at the Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala.
Lauren’s successes are attributed to the guidance and wisdom of an elected Board of Directors. The Foundation’s Board is comprised of credit union leaders and business partner professionals representing communities from across the Carolinas. Board members are nominated by a committee and serve three-year terms.