Credit unions in Kansas were part of a nationwide initiative to provide every Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital in the United States with DVDs of the award-winning Biz Kid$ TV show. There are 158 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including three in Kansas.
This is the result of a recent partnership between the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and Credit Union for Kids (CU4Kids) to enhance the financial education opportunities for patients and families at CMN Hospitals.
The Topeka Credit Union Foundation and the Wheatbelt Chapter of Kansas credit unions joined other leagues, state credit union foundations, chapters and credit unions to donate box sets of Biz Kid$ to their local CMN Hospital, with CO-OP Financial Services underwriting half the cost.
Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.
Topeka Credit Union Foundation donated two Biz Kid$ DVD sets to the St.
Francis Health Center in Topeka. The Wheatbelt Chapter donated two DVD sets, one to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City and one to the Via
Christi Hospital in Wichita.
The Kansas Credit Union Association donated $1,000 for the production of the DVDs.
Many of the families touched by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
face not only the biggest health issues of their lives but also the
biggest financial challenges they’ve experienced. Financially educating
and supporting families in their biggest time of need exemplifies what
the true credit union spirit embodies.
“The donation of the Biz
Kid$ program DVDs has developed an even deeper credit union/hospital
relationship where credit unions not only support the financial needs of
the hospital, but also the financial needs of the patient families,”
said Gigi Hyland, NCUF Executive Director. “Linking credit unions’
philanthropy with their mission to improve people’s financial lives is
truly a win-win.”
“Over the last almost two decades, our credit
union partners have been indirectly improving the financial lives of our
patients and families by providing donations for everything from
research to facilities to uncompensated care which funds treatment for
those families who have no medical coverage or have exceeded their
insurance policy cap,” said Joe Dearborn, Senior Director of CU4Kids,
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Bringing direct financial
education to patients and families through Biz Kid$ will truly be a huge
benefit to the millions of kids treated at CMN Hospitals each year.”
Credit unions have supported Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
through other fundraising efforts like Miracle Jeans Day, Coin Drives
and countless special events, In 2013, Kansas credit unions and the
Kansas Credit Union Association raised $109,863 for the three Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Kansas: