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Prince To Receive Honorary Degree From University of Minnesota

first_imgBeloved pop icon Prince passed away earlier this year, leaving behind a wake of loyal supporters and admirers everywhere. The Purple One was adored around the world, but perhaps nowhere as much as his home state of Minnesota. While other artists might have abandoned the locale for big city life, Prince instead set up shop at his Paisley Park manor and poured funds into the local community.Though Prince passed away on April 21st, the University of Minnesota had been planning to award Prince with an honorary doctorate for not only his artistic contributions, but for his philanthropic and social ones as well. The nomination comes posthumously, and a ceremony will be detailed for later this year.“As Minnesotans and people around the world continue to celebrate Prince’s life and contributions to society, the University is privileged to award the honorary degree posthumously,” said President Eric Kaler on the U of M website. “Prince was transformational in American music and culture, and we are extremely proud of his many accomplishments, as well as his efforts to give back to his home state, a legacy we hope to continue.”“He changed the world’s view of what it meant to be Minnesotan,” said Michael Kim, Director of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music. “He demonstrated that far from provincial and unassuming, Minnesota’s creative talents were cutting-edge and brilliant. I can think of no better way to express the University’s esteem for one of Minnesota’s own sons, and one of the most talented and influential performing artists of all time.”There’s nothing but love for Prince. RIP.[Photo via Chad Anderson Photography]last_img read more

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Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.

first_imgThat adage is attributed to St. Francis.  It is one of my favorites, as it reminds us that we can say anything we like, but it is our actions that tell our true story and make a real difference.We have the same opportunity to preach the “credit union gospel” in our communities with our actions. The benefits of doing so positively impacts our employees, members and the broader community.  Employees report that they “get” more from these opportunities than they “give” – making them feel good about their job and their employer. Credit unions benefit from positive association with the cause.  And, obviously, the community benefits from the credit union’s support.Many credit unions already encourage its employees to support causes, either individually or those selected by the credit union. Some other ways credit unions can support their communities beyond what is traditionally done include:Publicity – Your credit union is a huge publicity machine.  You can put that machine to use to support a community organization or cause.  At minimal cost, you can promote the cause on social media, your website, on your IVR system, and in branches. This promotion may be exactly what your local organization needs to break through to the next level.Foundations – Many credit unions have launched non-profit foundations.  When structured as 501(c)(3) organizations, these foundations provide benefits with both inflows and outflows.  Supporters can make contributions to the foundation and benefit with a tax deduction, all while doing good. When deploying funds into communities, funds can be coupled with your lending products to provide lending solutions that you otherwise may not be able to provide.  I’ve seen some very creative combinations in all areas of lending – consumer, mortgage and commercial.Participation in city government – While many credit unions are active in their local chambers, they can broaden their reach – and impact – by participating in city government. Opportunities include volunteering (e.g. adopt-a-highway), serving on a commission (such as planning commission), or running for city council. Preaching the “credit union gospel” through our actions benefits so many, both inside and outside the credit union.  I encourage you to continue preaching the credit union gospel. And, if you have found unique ways to support your community, I’d love to hear about them and what they’ve done for you and your community. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Karlin Joe Karlin has worked with or at credit unions his entire career.  Starting as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche, he audited credit unions, corporates, and leagues.  Joe spent nearly … Detailslast_img read more

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