“The credit union leaders of today developing those of tomorrow”
The charitable purpose of the ICULD&E Foundation is to provide financial assistance as Course Bursaries/assisted places to qualifying credit union activists to attend overseas Credit Union Development Educator courses outside their homelands. In the past 5 years, 22 Development Educator graduates, known as “Pell Scholars” (from 14 countries and 4 continents) have received course bursaries to attend DE courses in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and North America.Read more
The ICULD&E Foundation also promotes:
to inspire performance excellence across all categories of credit union operation, providing a better choice of financial products and/or services to the consumer
to recognise Credit Union Development Educators from around the world, who demonstrate the power of the credit union movement to change communities and lives for the better.
where the successful participants in both the Filene and Biden Awards programme are showcased, acknowledged and applauded for their achievements, both nationally and internationally. The Dinners give sponsors, donors and other attendees an opportunity to meet with these dynamic credit union activists at a joyous networking occasion.
In 2018, in its eighth year, the most successful ever Credit Union “Oscars” took place on November 17 - the Halle Suite in the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, providing the perfect setting for a most enjoyable evening, graced by guests from New Mexico, Texas, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as throughout England. An international event - filmed messages, greetings and acceptance speeches came from Australia, Northern Ireland, the Philippines and Senegal. Read more and see who won what!
Funds raised at the Dinner from tickets sold, as well as from very generous donations from corporate sponsors and private donors, are used by the ICULDE Foundation to provide bursaries to assist credit union activists to attend Development Education courses held worldwide (Find out more about Development Education). Bursary recipients are known as "Pell Scholars". Read more about Pell Scholars
The "Pell Scholar" bursaries meet all or some of the course fees for credit union activists wanting to attend Development Education (DE) courses; held worldwide - a list can be seen here. Since 2015, some 22 "Pell Scholars" from 14 countries have graduated courses held in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and North America.
Over an intense 5 or 6 day period, DE courses provide a total immersion in credit union history, philosophy, corporate governance and operational activity, developing new and latent skills in all who attend; imbuing them with practical co-operation, their place in social economy and impact on society.
Graduate Development Educators are the "strivers" and "doers" of the credit union movement, the natural leaders and advocates who can identify societal needs and deliver solutions.
The good news is the growing demand for bursaries from around the world, however funds available are diminishing and, sadly, a ceiling has had to be set on the number granted as well as amounts given in individual cases. So, in addition to its annual fundraising event - the "Credit Union Oscars" - the ICULD&E Foundation is now registered with British Telecom's "MyDonate" online fundraising site (chosen because "MyDonate" is a free not-for-profit service, part of BT’s commitment to raise £1 billion for good causes by 2020.)
The ICULDEF is about “credit union leaders of today building those of tomorrow” – please click on the "MyDonate" button to donate what ever you can to help us in spreading the unique credit union difference and bringing its benefits to all.