Credit Unions for Kids Celebrate Record Fundraising Year for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014

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America’s credit unions, fundraising under the Credit Unions for Kids brand, donate more than $10.75 million in 2014 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation.

Our credit union partners have an incredible impact on the children and families in the communities they serve.

More than 3,000 credit unions across the nation united to raise more than $10,750,000 for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, a new record for this group. Fundraising under the “Credit Unions for Kids” brand, the credit union community has donated more than $140 million to member hospitals since 1996.

Credit unions, chapters, leagues, associations and business partners provide year-round opportunities to fundraise for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. One of the year’s highlights was the introduction of the one-day Shop for Miracles campaign which engaged 108 credit unions representing 33 states resulting in $450,000 for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Other national campaigns included the Change a Child’s Life coin drive, Miracle Jeans Day and the Holiday Icon campaign. Additional fundraisers included wine auctions, golf tournaments, runs/walks and workplace giving. These vital donations stay in the community to provide critical research, equipment, services and charitable care for local kids.

“I would like to thank the credit union movement for supporting this powerful initiative which helps millions of children in need and creates tremendous awareness for credit unions nationwide,” stated Jim Nussle, president and CEO of Credit Union National Association.

John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, added, “Our credit union partners have an incredible impact on the children and families in the communities they serve. We appreciate their commitment to ‘Put the Money Where the Miracles Are’ which ensures that kids across the country receive the specialized care they deserve.”

Since 2008, CO-OP Financial Services has encouraged credit unions, chapters and leagues to create and participate in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers through a Miracle Match program. In 2014, the program matched 190 events for 170 credit unions and helped generate more than $3 million for 110 hospitals in 41 states.

To find your member hospital and learn how you can help kids in your community, visit CMNHospitals.org. Credit unions interested in getting involved with Credit Unions for Kids fundraising may visit cu4kids.org.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Credit Unions for Kids
Credit unions, fundraising under the Credit Unions for Kids brand, have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1996 and in that time have generated almost $140 million in contributions. Today, individual credit unions across the United States collaborate with credit union chapters, leagues and business partners to raise much-needed funds to benefit CMN Hospitals. Fundraising campaigns range from change drives, Miracle Jeans Day and holiday icon campaigns to golf tournaments, runs, walks and wine auctions. In 2014, credit unions ranked third among corporate partners in annual giving behind only Wal-Mart and Costco. The funds raised by the credit union community help support new facilities, equipment acquisition, research programs, patient services, charitable care and health education programs benefitting 10 million children annually.

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