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National Recognition Awards Program

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award

The Dora Maxwell Award has honored credit unions for their charitable works in their communities.  Some credit unions have ongoing programs and establish a special relationship with local social service agencies or school programs.  Other programs address many different needs in the community.  No matter the size or scope of a project, each participating credit union builds its reputation as a good corporate citizen along the way.

Credit unions enter the Dora Maxwell Award program in one of seven asset categories or the chapter category.

Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action

The Louise Herring Award has commended credit unions that make exceptional efforts to include credit union philosophy in their daily operations and member service.  Programs that provide financial education to particular member groups within the credit union or special assistance to low-income members struggling to pay heating bills, for example, are clear examples of the philosophy that sets credit unions apart from other financial institutions.

Entrants in the Louise Herring Award program compete in two asset categories.

To Enter

Send your entry to Cynthia Dunn at your League by September 1.  First place winners will advance to the national competition.  National winners will be honored at the Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., the following February. 

Secrets of a Winning Dora Maxwell or Louise Herring Award Program Entry

Since 1987, the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award has honored credit unions for their charitable works in their communities. Some credit unions have ongoing programs and establish a special relationship with local social service agencies or school programs. Other programs address many different needs in the community. No matter the size or scope of a project, each participating credit union builds its reputation as a good corporate citizen along the way.

Beginning in 1990, the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action has commended credit unions that make exceptional efforts to include credit union philosophy in their daily operations and member service. Programs that provide financial education to particular member groups within the credit union or special assistance to low-income members struggling to pay heating bills, for example, are clear examples of the philosophy that sets credit unions apart from other financial institutions.

Here are a few secrets for entering either of these award programs:

  • Review the program entry form carefully and answer all of the questions relative to the one project you selected in the original format provided. The scoring is based on these elements, so the more information you provide in direct response to the questions, the higher your score.
  • Read the rules, and make sure you're entering the appropriate competition. Remember Dora Maxwell entries should focus on community involvement or social responsibility programs external to the credit union. Louise Herring entries should be based on your credit union's internal programs, and provide examples of how you put philosophy into action for your members.
  • Make your entry easy to read and easy to follow. Include the name of your credit union on the front cover of the binder. Use a table of contents. Avoid handwritten entries, and use standard fonts no italic style or small print. Print items you want read on white paper and refrain from printing on hard-to-read colors, such as magenta, purple or neon orange. Misspellings leave a bad impression, too.
  • Clearly identify who is involved in your project. Who did the work? Who were the beneficiaries? How many people were reached? While giving donations is admirable, the judges also look for strong volunteer involvement from staff within the credit union at all employment levels.
  • Bigger isn't always better. Keep your entry to a manageable size. Keep it fresh include current activities only, not programs or events from several years ago.
  • Include samples or descriptions of the promotional materials related to the entry, not for your used vehicle sale or most successful loan promotion. Please avoid electronic media.


For more information, contact Cynthia Dunn at 800-572-7359 or 423-899-2425, extension 1204, or visit http://www.creditunion.coop/awards/awards.html.

 

       
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