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The Carolinas Credit Union League, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation and credit union community in the Carolinas have raised $280,000 for the Ukrainian Credit Union Displacement Fund.
The League and Foundation initially set a goal on March 25 to raise $50,000 by April 1.
“The response by credit unions in North and South Carolina has been overwhelming,” shared League President/CEO Dan Schline. “We know there is great need in Ukraine and it’s terrific to see how credit unions in our two states and across the country have stepped forward to help.”
The fund, established by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU), 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.
“Historically, when one of our global credit union communities is under crisis, the Carolinas League, its Foundation and credit union community have stepped forward,” said WFCU Executive Director Mike Reuter. “It is no different with supporting Ukraine's credit union system and members during this war. Funding will be divided between immediate, short-term needs of current members and their credit unions as well as holding a portion in reserve as plans are laid to help reconstruct Ukraine's credit union movement.”
Early efforts to raise funds in the Carolinas were aided by Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union, which launched its own fundraiser within the Ukrainian Credit Union Displacement Fund, with a promise to match donor contributions up to $25,000.
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“Credit unions lead with their head and their heart and that is what makes our industry truly remarkable,” shared Carolinas Foundation President Lauren Whaley. “The generosity of credit unions in the Carolinas, coupled with donations from across the world, will assist our credit union friends in Ukraine at a time when it is most needed.”