“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
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.
On November 17th 2018, in its eighth year, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester hosted the Dinner. An international event - guests hailed from all four corners of the UK as well as the USA, with filmed greetings and acceptance speeches from Australia, Northern Ireland, the Philippines and Senegal.
Funds raised at the Dinner from tickets sold and generous donations from corporate sponsors and private donors are used to provide bursaries (Pell Scholarships) to assist credit union activists to attend 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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