Dora Maxwell Award

About the Dora Maxwell Award

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community. The award is given for external activities.​

Credit unions compete with others in their asset category for the Dora Maxwell award. State level winners are recognized annually during the Chairman's Awards Banquet at Convention. First-place winners are forwarded to CUNA for the national competition.​

Eligible Activities 
Credit unions could receive the award for involvement in almost any kind of activity that helps other people or strengthens the structure of a community.  This may include raising funds for charity, educational activities, or community involvement projects, such as a volunteer fair, building low-income housing, or loaning employees a few hours a week to work in hospitals, retirement homes, schools, etc.​

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2019 statewide winners were recognized at the League Convention, and they were featured i​n this video​.​​​

2019 Winner descriptions were published in this program at the Chairman's Awards Banquet.

Who was Dora Maxwell?


Dora Maxwell, a true pioneer of the credit union movement, was elected to the first board of directors of the New York State Credit Union League in 1921.

In 1931, Dora was employed as an organizer for the Credit Union Nation Extension Bureau--today known as the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Dora was one of the original signers of CUNA's constitution at Estes Park in Colorado. She held numerous volunteer positions within the movement and was active locally and nationally until 1955.

In addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions, Dora Maxwell developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with several organizations to help improve the living standards of the poor and needy.