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AACUC was presented the
2022 Anchor Award by the National Credit Union Foundation in recognition of its global efforts to unite financial industries in eradicating racism.


AACUC President/CEO, Renée Sattiewhite, accepted the award.

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Watch as AACUC President/CEO Renée Sattiewhite accepts the Anchor Award, considered the Nobel Peace Prize of the credit union industry.

Watch acceptance speech.

The Anchor Award is a rare and prestigious accolade presented to AACUC in recognition of the organization’s leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the coronavirus pandemic and political strife.

Watch the video to learn more.

AACUC Board Chair Larry Sewell & AACUC President/CEO
Renée Sattiewhite Share Sentiments on the Organization Receiving 2022 Anchor Award.

African American Credit Union Coalition honored with rare accolade at the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner 


The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was awarded the 2022 Anchor Award by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) at the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner during the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. for its global efforts unifying financial industries in eradicating racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest in 2020.


The Anchor Award is a rare and prestigious award reserved for individuals and organizations exemplifying exceptional leadership during times of great adversity. Taking note of the compounding events following the murder of George Floyd, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the relentless coronavirus and the political strife leading up to the 2020 election and the subsequent collective effect, often disproportionately on communities of color, the NCUF Board of Directors recognized AACUC’s unequivocal influence during this unprecedented time.


Nearly 80 AACUC guests including past African American Credit Union Hall of Fame honorees, past Herb Wegner Memorial Award winners and AACUC Board of Directors, founding members, staff, volunteers and strategic partners all celebrated the organization’s achievement at the awards dinner.

Celebrating the Anchor Award

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"AACUC has become one of the most impactful leadership development organizations in contemporary credit union endeavor."

- Mike Mercer, former CEO, Georgia Credit Union Association

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"I salute the entire AACUC team for showcasing our best during the National Credit Union Foundation Herb Wegner Award event. This was an opportunity to celebrate achievements and stir consciences for future actions.”

- Maurice Smith, President/CEO, Local Government FCU and Civic FCU

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"It was exciting to see all the years of hard work and dedication to increasing diversity in the credit union movement  recognized and appreciated when the African American Credit Union Coalition received the 2022 Anchor Award from the National Credit Union Foundation. I am glad I was present to witness this epic moment for the organization.”

- Pamelya Herndon, Secretary Board of Directors, U.S. Eagle FCU and 2022 African American Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee

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"Being a part of the GAC Anchor Award Dinner was such a surreal moment in time. To be able to experience such a humanistic endeavor and be championed for the work AACUC was paramount."

- Belfon Matthews, Director of Card Services & Operations, AACUC

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"It was great to be part of the celebration last week at the Herb Wegner dinner acknowledging the many accomplishments of AACUC. Their impact can be felt in some many areas of CU life.  I am so glad that I got the opportunity to be onsite with my AACUC family."

- Pamela Owens, Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Development, Inclusiv

Celebrating the Award-Winning AACUC

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