America’s CU Museum surpasses $2M in pledges

September 22, 2015

MANCHESTER. N.H. (9/22/15)--America’s Credit Union Museum announced Monday that it has surpassed $2 million in pledges toward its $3.3 million Legacy Capital Campaign goal.

Museum Executive Director Stephanie Smith specifically cited Metro CU, Chelsea, Mass., and Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., for their financial support. “These credit unions join our other campaign supporters in recognizing the importance of preserving, capturing and communicating the unique values and principles of credit unions,” Smith said.

In February, CUNA signed on as the campaign’s lead sponsor.  CUNA’s $1 million pledge will fund what will be known as the “CUNA Research Center.”

Robert Cashman, Metro CU president/CEO, said it supports “the America’s Credit Union Museum Legacy Campaign and the Museum’s mission of conveying the stories about our industries, roots, our collective philosophy and the people who have made credit unions truly different from other financial institutions.”

Added Brett Martinez, president/CEO of Redwood CU: “Credit unions have a rich history and culture rooted in the commitment of people helping people. Preserving and sharing this legacy through the exhibits and artifacts at America’s Credit Union Museum is vital to helping people understand and recognize the important role credit unions play. Our model should be preserved and cherished. Remembering where we come from and how we got here will help ensure future generations don’t lose sight of why credit unions were created.”

The Legacy Capital Campaign will use funds to create both a physical and electronic industry research center, making the industry’s history more accessible, and to add additional exhibit space and improve conference facilities to continue serving as a catalyst for the education and growth of credit union professionals.