“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 consumerEntry Form
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.Entry Form
showcases and applauds the Filene and Biden Awards programme competitors. It's known as the UK's Credit Union 'Oscars', as Winners' achievements are highlighted with filmed presentations of their winning activities. The Dinners give sponsors, donors and guests an opportunity to meet with these dynamic credit union activists at a joyous networking occasion.
On November 23rd at the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, the ninth Credit Union 'Oscars' Awards Dinner kicked off an exciting cooperative week of activities in collaboration with the Co-operative College that celebrated its 100th anniversary with its Centenary Conference (November 26-28th) at the iconic Rochdale Town Hall. National and international leaders from credit unions, co-operatives and mutuals explored the leadership challenges faced by the international movement and looked at how to attract the next generation of co-operators.
Funds raised at the Awards Dinner are used to provide bursaries (Pell Scholarships) to assist credit union activists to attend Credit Union Development Education courses held worldwide (Read here about Development Education).
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 days, these 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, showing how they can impact 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.
Sadly, funds to meet the ever increasing demand are dwindling and a ceiling has had to be set on the number of bursaries granted as well as amounts given in individual cases.
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