Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CUNA Mutual Foundation to Match Holiday Giving to CUAid

By Beth Cutler, Community Relations and Foundation Leader 

For many, Giving Tuesday symbolizes the beginning of the holiday giving season. For us, it means that and more.

Today, we're launching a holiday giving campaign to continue support for credit union people affected by hurricanes, floods and wildfires in the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico this year.  

As announced today, the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation will match every dollar donated to CUAid – up to $100,000 – now through Dec. 31, to support ongoing disaster relief efforts. The matching grant will bring the Foundation’s total 2017 gift for disaster relief to more than $400,000 which includes our own employee match donations.

It's important to note that, while support has been swift and significant, the need for relief is still great in affected regions.*
  • Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million inhabitants continue to face hardships with impassable roads, access to power and clean drinking water and more.
  • NOAA reports Hurricane Harvey has affected 6.9 million people, and estimates suggest 70 percent of the damage there will not be covered by any form of insurance.
  • The National Interagency Fire Center estimates that more than 8 million acres have been burned by wildfires in the U.S. this year.

How You Can Help
You can support ongoing disaster relief efforts for credit union staff and members through the following ways:
  1. Donate through CUAid to support those across the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.
  2. Spread the word for hurricane relief options with these social media graphics.

To date, CUAid is the only disaster relief fund dedicated to helping credit unions, their employees and members recover from major disasters. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from donations go directly to relief efforts. 

*For sources, see the full press release.