"The CO-OP Miracle Match program is a natural extension of the people-helping-people model of the credit union movement," said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services, and a member of the Children's Miracle Network's Board of Governors. "We are looking forward to working with industry partners to do even more in 2010 to help children."
Generations FCU raised $30,000 and received $10,000 through CO-OP Miracle Match with its "Annual Credit Unions for Kids Bowl-a-Thon," held Nov. 18, 2009 (in the 2010 program year). Greater Texas FCU raised $20,000 and added $10,000 with CO-OP Miracle Match funds through its Dec. 4, 2009 "World's Finest Chocolate Candy Sales Event." The funds from both events are designated for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, located in San Antonio.
The two fundraisers in San Antonio were sizeable events. During the 2009 program year, by comparison, the top fundraising credit union produced $45,000 in funds, added to which was $10,000 in miracle match funds.
CO-OP Miracle Match is managed by CO-OP Financial Services on behalf of its 3,000 member credit unions. The program awards $1 million in matching funds annually for Credit Unions for Kids events, proceeds of which go to local children's hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network. The credit union industry is currently the third largest contributor to Children's Miracle Network.
To apply for matching funds through this program, go to www.co-opfs.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About CO-OP Financial Services
Based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., CO-OP Financial Services is the industry leader in access and convenience products for credit unions. Nearing 30 years of credit union service, CO-OP connects credit union members to their accounts through network services, payment processing, e-commerce, CO-OP Shared Branching and call center services. With a total of 3,000 credit union members, 30 million cardholders, 28,000 surcharge-free ATMs, 4,000 shared branch locations and 160 million-plus monthly transactions, CO-OP Financial Services is the nation's largest credit union service organization, offering the tools, counsel and leadership to help credit unions prosper. To learn more, visit www.co-opfs.org. Follow CO-OP on Twitter at:http://twitter.com/COOPFS and keep up with industry issues via the CO-OP Insight Vault blog at:http://co-opinsightvault.com.