Denver, CO – Denver Community Credit Union has been named the Small Company-Category Leader honoree of The Civic 50 Colorado by CSR Solutions of Colorado and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

The award recognizes Denver Community Credit Union as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in Colorado determined by an independently administered and scored survey. The Civic 50 Colorado awards, modeled after Points of Light’s national program, provides a standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and resources to impact their communities.

The Civic 50 Colorado honorees were recognized during The Civic 50 Colorado Awards on September 19, 2019.  The event will be held at Infinity Park, 950 South Birch Street, Glendale, Colorado 80246.

“As a credit union, our philosophy of people helping people really drives us to be an active part of our communities and to give back in multitude of ways. It’s engrained in our culture.” said Tessa Bonfante, CO-CEO of Denver Community Credit Union.

CSR Solutions, a leader in community engagement and philanthropy, is pleased to be the first in the country to bring the nationally revered Civic 50 Awards to Colorado. Colorado companies have invested significant resources in our communities to build a strong, resilient, connected and healthy place for us all. The impact stories will inspire us all to support their efforts.

The Civic 50 Colorado survey is administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform scoring process and is the only evaluation that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.

For more information about The Civic 50 Colorado and this year’s honorees, visit

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About Denver Community Credit Union

Since 1934, Denver Community Credit Union has been advancing financial opportunity for its members and community. Anyone who lives or works in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Denver Counties is welcome to become a member. We serve our communities with quality loans with low rates, and savings and checking products that help members effectively manage their money. Our staff provides top level service by focusing on finding solutions that help members reach further to achieve their financial goals. The credit union also positively impacts members and communities with the award-winning Clear Money Program; a financial education program. Learn more at

 Denver Community Credit Union will be making a difference in the community on October 14th for #DenverCommunityGives Day.  Learn more at

About CSR Solutions of Colorado

CSR Solutions is committed to making Colorado a thriving place to live and work.  By empowering Colorado businesses of all sizes with the strategies and tools they need to give back to their communities, we align business purpose with employee need to make a better tomorrow.  With our combined experience in CSR, you walk away with a customized roadmap for your company, that allows you to do better by doing good.  For more information, visit

 About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to


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Arizona! Now is the Time to Register for IRA School

If you or someone at your credit union needs to receive training on IRAs, this is the class for you. The Denver IRA School taking place in October has already sold out. The IRA School taking place in Phoenix, AZ still has availability for those needing to learn beginner and/or advanced IRA information. We offer in-person IRA Training just once a year. So, just be and join us on November 5-6, 2019 where you can register for one day or for both days.

If you need help defraying registration fees and travel/ lodging costs, please remember you can always apply for a Professional Development Scholarship. Click here for more information.

Click below for program information and to register:
Nov. 5-6 IRA School – Phoenix, AZ

Credit Unions Meet with Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Credit Unions hosted a conversation with Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg today at Elevations Credit Union in Boulder. Representatives from MWCUA member credit unions Ent, Elevations and Canvas engaged with the Majority Leader in a policy discussion covering topics of interest to credit unions. The conversation included an update from the Majority Leader on the previous session, as well as discussion regarding the priorities for the upcoming year. Topics included a conversation about business policies such as Family Medical Leave as well as credit union specific items like interstate branching and public funds. We had a great conversation in which the Majority Leader shared that he is a proud credit union member!

It’s time for Arizona to Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union

Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® Lands in Four New States

Campaign now live in thirteen states

 September 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Credit Union National Association (CUNA) today announced the expansion of its category-level brand campaign, Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union®, to four new states: Arizona, Nebraska, West Virginia and Vermont. Today’s launches bring the total number of states where the campaign is live to thirteen.

“We’re thrilled to bring Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® to more consumers across the country,” said Chris Lorence, CUNA Chief Credit Union Awareness Officer. “From our first launch in January 2019 to now, we’ve launched thirteen states. We’ve come a long way! Thank you to California and Nevada Credit Union League, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Nebraska Credit Union League, West Virginia Credit Union League, and Association of Vermont Credit Unions and all the credit unions whose support is driving this campaign.”

Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® is part of the CUNA-led Awareness Initiative that is working to increase consumer consideration of credit unions. It is a category-level, strategic marketing effort that has financial pledges of $42 million from over 640 organizations within the credit union movement. The campaign first launched in January and is now live in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia.

CUNA is working with Leagues to fundraise for Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® and build support for the Awareness Initiative. The early successes of this effort are the result of coordination and enthusiasm from across the credit union movement.

As of August 23, Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® had gained over 186 million impressions and earned 27.6 million video views from start to finish. It had reached 6.7 million through programmatic advertising, 5.1 million on social media, and 3.2 million on YouTube.


About CUNA:
Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 115 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit To find your nearest credit union, visit


Lauren Williams
CUNA Communications

Stop the Data Breaches


Our #creditunion movement is calling Congress to enact meaningful data security legislation, as there seems to be no end to data breaches compromising personal information. #CallToACTION #creditunions & #consumers #StoptheDataBreaches

Take Action here 

Second Annual LEAD Summit

This fall the second annual LEAD Summit, hosted by the Wyoming Young Credit Union Professionals, will take place on October 8 & 9 in Cheyenne, WY. The two day LEAD Summit for young professionals is based on the curriculum: Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development.

In this second year, we are bringing back nationally known credit union leader Dr. Brandi Stankovic, Chief Strategy Officer of CU Solutions Group to facilitate topics around Leadership and Development. Dan Diorio, Director of Political Financing & Policy with the Mountain West Credit Union Association, will host a session on Credit Union Advocacy. The Summit will conclude with an interactive session designed to engage attendees to leave the LEAD Summit with purpose and action items to take back to their credit union.

This conference, organized by the Wyoming Young Credit Union Professionals (WYOYCUP), provides a robust and dynamic environment for education, credit union advocacy, and networking for credit unions’ younger employees. Visit the LEAD Summit online for full the details and to register for this unique experience. Early registration discount if registered by Sept 10, 2019.

Arizona AYIN hosts Financial Literacy Event

On August 29, the Arizona AYIN group hosted a financial literacy event at OneAZ CU featuring Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee. Yee spoke to the group about how credit unions can work together to advance financial education. In addition, the session included a panel of professionals from Canyon State CU, TruWest CU and First CU discussing their financial literacy programs.

The event included a charitable component as well. Participants brought donations for backpacks that will be provided to the Salvation Army to help Valley families in need.

Colorado Credit Unions Host WOCCU visitors from Ireland

Recently, several Colorado credit unions hosted a delegation of visiting representatives of several credit unions from Ireland in a World Council of Credit Unions exchange program. Sooper CU, Space Age FCU, Elevations CU and Canvas CU hosted credit unions to help share best practices, give insights into the regulatory environment and support strategic planning processes.

Justin Dickson, CEO of Fidelis Catholic CU with Micheal McDermott, CEO of Virginia CU

Sooper CU hosted Micheal McDermott, CEO of Virginia CU. During his visit, McDermott met with the team at Sooper CU. Sooper also arranged a meeting with Justin Dickson, CEO of Fidelis Catholic CU. During the visits, they shared strategic planning methods, operational information technology updates, lending strategies and other best practices.




Martina Cotter, CEO and Marvin Board, CFO of Synergy Credit Union with John Uchida and Denise Roberts from Space Age FCU

Space Age FCU hosted Martina Cotter (CEO) and Marvin Board (CFO) from Synergy CU. During their visit, they also met with Jeff Holler and Brad Johnson from Aurora Schools FCU and Bob Fryberger from Fitzsimmons FCU. The NCUA was onsite at Space Age during the visit which allowed Sherry Hudson and Peter Driscoll to give an overview of the regulatory environment in the U.S.

Elevations CU and Canvas CU co-hosted Core Credit Union Ltd. Leaders from all three credit unions—and board members from Elevations and Canvas—participated in the numerous briefings on strategy and business model.


The trip wrapped up with a dinner for all the participants hosted by MWCUA.