By stretching themselves and their organisations, the entrants for all categories are the real change makers, the Winners are the “real deal” and should be applauded.
Neither the "Filenes" nor the "Bidens" are a “shoe in”. The entry process is hard, being a test of an individual’s and a credit union’s .....
The Filene's promote the improvement of performance excellence of individual activists and credit unions in Great Britain and Ireland in serving their own fields of membership and their wider communities, with the aim of inspiring, mobilising and galvanising them to demonstrate to others their achievements and accomplishments over a wide range of activities in which all credit unions should be involved, with the aim of giving all consumers the better alternative choice for financial services - the co-operative one!
The Awards are a test of a credit union's or an individual's trading and operational abilities - entries for any category should not be based on any type of grant funding, although what would be acceptable is working in conjunction or partnership with other bodies in both the public and private sectors - being paid by them or taking loans at commercial rates to deliver a project. The Awards are also designed to encourage different parts of the credit union – volunteer lay leaders and various levels of management - to work together to successfully meet the criteria of each category.
The entry period of 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020 covers projects and every day business and community activities initiated or ongoing during the period. All entries should be original, although previous Award entrants are welcome to submit new and improved entries in categories entered before. There's no limit on the number of categories that can be entered - in fact it takes a minimum of entry in six categories to challenge for the Supreme Award, the Edward Filene Credit Union Award for Social Entrepreneurship - only entrants from Great Britain and Ireland are eligible for the Supreme Award.
After a very successful launch in 2019, when three categories of the "Leadership" classification were extended to international participation, five categories in "Community Outreach" are included this year and are indicated (*International)
The three Award classifications - Leadership, Enterprise and Community Outreach - are set out below. To be considered for the Supreme Award for Social Entrepreneurship, credit unions (GB & Ireland only) should submit entries for a minimum of six categories, with at least one from each of the classifications - there's no maximum. The Judges will be looking for entrants to meet the criteria of each category and full descriptions of these can be found by clicking on the classification titles or the menu bars, where you will also find the "Helpline", e.g FAQs, the 10 Top Tips for writing a winning entry and the scoring process used by the Judging Panel (it is highly recommended notice is taken of these to give your entries the best chance of scoring highly).
If insufficient Award categories are entered by too few credit unions, the Supreme Award is not made - this has happened in previous years.
Credit union leaders are "grown" - learning their craft, growing through this process and stretching their abilities by actively serving others. Leaders are not necessarily delivered by the democratic process or by being appointed to a paid position. Previous winners of the Leadership categories have demonstrated their dedication, drive, initiative and natural leadership qualities, performing well beyond the line of duty.
Excellence shown in performance by
ENTERPRISE "First of all credit unions are a business" Roy Bergegren, CEO of CUNA, USA - February 1928
All credit unions are businesses that must produce proven economic outputs. A viable credit union can instigate and drive worthwhile social change - a desire for social change cannot drive a business, that is an authorised and regulated "Firm".
Excellence shown in performance ....
For credit unions to become successful and maintain their success, they should continually outreach to the entire field of membership to first mobilise and then galvanise it to undertake actions for the good of the entire community. They have the unique "credit union difference" of providing personal individualised services to its "owner-members", who own the business, unlike other financial services businesses who service "customers" for the benefit of arms-length shareholders.
Excellence shown in performance ....
“Edward Filene Credit Union Award for Performance Excellence by the winner of a category making a film on the topic of their entry and their credit union”
This Award is open to credit unions winning one or more categories (1-16 above), at which point (in utmost confidence) they will be requested to make this film, which should cover specifically the activities described in their winning entries.
Only after the Judging Panel has made their decisions and the points scored totalled, will the invitations go out to the successful credit unions to make this film, so winning this category will not count towards the Supreme Award. The film editor, who compiles these films into an edited loop, acts as the Judge for this Award. Success in this Award category is announced at the Awards Celebratory Dinner with no prior notice.
Good luck with your entries! Any questions - don't hesitate to contact the Awards Office - see the "Helpline", also on the menu bars above and below