MANCHESTER, N.H. (10/7/15)--SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif., has pledged funds to the America’s Credit Union Museum Legacy Campaign, a three-year campaign that aims to raise $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, more exhibit space and renovations of the museum’s building in Manchester, N.H.
The museum is located in the building where the first credit union in the U.S. began serving French Canadian textile mill workers in 1908. To date, the campaign has raised more than $2 million.
In noting the museum’s “extraordinary work… in preserving credit unions’ rich history,” SchoolsFirst FCU President/CEO Bill Cheney said, “Credit unions play a unique and essential role in helping to better the lives of all Americans and allowing them to build a bright future.” The museum “helps teach, showcase and memorialize our simple but powerful philosophy of ‘people helping people,” he added.
In thanking Cheney and the credit union’s leadership for the commitment, America’s Credit Union Museum Executive Director Stephanie Smith said, “SchoolsFirst FCU continues to be a leader in recognizing the importance of communicating the values that makes credit unions unique.”
The amount pledged by SchoolsFirst FCU was not revealed.
The museum’s physical and electronic industry research center will make credit union history more accessible. The additional exhibit space and upgraded conference facilities will help credit union professionals, legislators, and citizens experience firsthand the unique role credit unions play in the marketplace.