FMFCUFranklin Mint Federal Credit Union (Media, PA)
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FMFCU has 85,000 members, 2,500 partner organizations, and 36 branches.
The credit union's partnership with Berenstain Enterprises led to the construction of the Bear Country Credit Union, a 1,100-square-foot, themed financial literacy center nestled behind the FMFCU's Broomall branch that hosts school field trips.
To make the Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy program available to all credit unions, Unangst established the Credit Union Network for Financial Literacy, a CUSO subsidiary of FMFCU.
What's more, Unangst's dedication to financial literacy included forming FMFCU Partners in Education, which was launched in 2007 to help fund and fulfill the ever-increasing need for financial education.
The Philadelphia Business Journal awarded Unangst the Veterans of Influence award in honor of his decorated military service and leadership of FMFCU for nearly four decades.
The program's educational suite was created by FMFCU's staff of certified educators for children in the 18 school districts affiliated with the credit union and its foundation.
According to FMFCU, the book's debut could hold national significance because CUNFL is making the financial literacy suite available to credit unions across the country.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Credit Union is the only book of its kind that was written for credit unions, which feature a major children's character franchise, FMFCU said.
But by then FMFCU was so diversified the departure had minimal effect.
Unangst noted there has been a rush to community charters, but FMFCU's growth has been based on adding SEGs.
The move represented the first installment of FMFCU's four-year $100,000 pledge to Mercy Health System.
"We thank FMFCU for their partnership and investment in organizations that are committed to improving the health of individuals and communities."