July is CULAC Month in the Credit Union Movement
Get creative so your employees can help to elect credit union-friendly candidates to Congress.
The Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) is a critically important political action committee that helps credit union-friendly candidates win seats in Congressional and Senate races. In 2018, 95 percent of the candidates CULAC supported were elected, and as a result, credit unions are seeing promising results advancing priority legislation.
July is CULAC Month in the Credit Union Movement. Credit unions nationwide are urging their employees to contribute.
“If you contribute to CULAC, you are making an investment in the future of your credit union, and every credit union across the country,” said Jordan Beyer, Grassroots Advocacy Manager for the Northwest Credit Union Association. “The funds raised are evenly split between Democratic candidates and Republican candidates. CULAC isn’t about the “red” party or the “blue” party; it’s all about the credit union party.”
Northwest credit unions have a rich tradition of success during CULAC month. In fact, Beyer notes, 10 to 12 percent of total CULAC contributions nationwide came from credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Credit unions that have met or exceeded their goals are creative with their approaches. Successful ideas in recent years have included:
- The opportunity for employees to make their contributions through payroll deductions;
- Matching contributions to Credit Unions for Kids or other charities;
- Fun days allowing contributing employees to wear jeans or bring their pets to work; and
- Raffle tickets for contributing employees to win gift baskets, expense-paid trips to the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, and more.
More creative ideas can be found online.
As for your Association, Beyer is challenging the team to increase internal contributions by 10 percent this year.
Editor’s note: If you would like to share your credit union’s CULAC Month success story, or if you have questions about CULAC, reach out to Jordan Beyer.