Alliant Receives Award for Helping Women Veterans Begin Again 03/31/2014 Alliant Credit Union recently received the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation Innovative Programming Award for its strong commitment to provide financial literacy resources for women veterans, military/veteran spouses and others. These resources are offered through BPW Foundation’s free Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® (JFMP) initiative. JFMP is an online career development platform that helps this audience successfully identify and pursue civilian career paths. Services include unlimited free personal coaching and professional guidance provided by volunteer working women, as well as a diverse online inventory of tools and resources. The award was presented to Alliant’s President & CEO David Mooney at BPW Foundation’s second annual “Celebrate Women’s History – Make Women’s History” event. The event honored achievements of women associated with the military. It was held in Washington, D.C., at the United States Navy Memorial. First Lady Michelle Obama was Honorary Chair. Mr. Mooney said, “Providing financial literacy support and career guidance to women veterans and spouses is tremendously important in today’s society. Far too many are unemployed after transitioning to civilian life. It’s very gratifying for us to offer assistance to this program.” Alliant Credit Union President & CEO David Mooney accepts the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation Innovative Programming Award presented recently by BPW Foundation Board Trustee Leslie Wilkins. The award was given to Alliant for its strong commitment to provide financial literacy resources for women veterans, military/veteran spouses and other women associated with the military. BPW Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett stated, “Alliant Credit Union’s commitment to provide financial literacy assistance for women in general and military women in particular makes them an ideal partner for us.” It was also mentioned that David Mooney was one of the first private sector leaders to pledge support for the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program, when he did so in 2010. “As part of the program, Alliant provides ‘people resources’ who help build JFMP’s inventory of financial tools. And Alliant Credit Union Foundation has provided generous grants that have helped us focus attention on the financial education needs of women leaving the military,” added Ms. Frett. Beyond its individual commitment, Alliant is working to enlist additional credit unions to provide support for BPW Foundation and its programs. ### About Alliant Credit Union Alliant Credit Union, founded in 1935, is an independently operated financial cooperative serving over 140 employee groups and organizations with more than 275,000 members and over $8 billion in assets, making it the largest credit union in Illinois and the sixth largest in the nation, based on assets and deposits. As a member-owned financial institution, Alliant exists to foster members’ financial well-being and to serve their best interests. Alliant is an equal housing opportunity lender and federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. Learn more at www.alliantcreditunion.org. About Alliant Credit Union Foundation Alliant Credit Union Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization established in 2009. The Foundation’s purpose is to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, especially where Alliant Credit Union members and employees live and work. The Foundation makes charitable contributions, supports financial literacy and educational activities and makes investments to fund community development projects. The Foundation is a legal entity separate from the credit union. Learn more at www.alliantcreditunionfoundation.org or call toll-free at 800.328.1935, ext.8635. About Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® and BPW Foundation The legacy of Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation began in 1919 to support workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and business. Through its groundbreaking research and as a convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation strives to redefine today’s workplace by encouraging partnerships to create successful workplaces that embrace and practice diversity, equity and work-life balance. Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® offers unlimited free personal coaching and professional guidance – including working women mentors – for women veterans of all ranks and eras, military/veteran spouses, caregivers of wounded warriors and survivors of fallen service members to help them successfully identify, outline and pursue civilian careers. To learn more, visit www.bpwfoundation.org. To enlist in Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® as a member, mentor, subject matter expert or mentee, visit www.joiningforcesmentoringplus.org.