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2015 Salt City DISHES

Salt City DISHES

In 2015, Cooperative Federal was awarded second place in a city-wide oppotunity to fund projects that "enliven Syracuse." Coop Fed was recognized for our outstanding In-School Savings Branches, a program that brings lessons about saving and money management outside of the classroom, allowing students to learn financial education on their own terms.


2014 CU Strategic Planning’s HERO Award

CU Strategic Planning and the National Cooperative Business Association

Cooperative Federal was awarded first place for "Acts of Valor for Members in Distress." As part of a national contest, "heros" were honored for helping members through finanical distress and giving them the tools to "help themselves" in the future.

2014 International Humanitarian of the Year Award

International Center of Syracuse (ICS)

In 2014 Cooperative Federal received the International Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of Exemplary Leadership and Contribution to Global Citizenship. Each year, ICS awards this to a "non-profit organization that provides assistance to the area's nearly 800 refugees that arrive each and every year."


2012 Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award

Credit Union Association of New York In 2012, Cooperative Federal was recognized with this prestigious award created in honor of Louise Herring, a pioneer in the early credit union movement in the United States. Cooperative Federal received first place in both the state and national asset building category for our Matched Savings Program.

2017 - Juntos Avanzamos Designation from the National Federation of CDCUs

Cooperative Federal is honored to receive the prestigious Juntos Avanzamos designation from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions

2011 NerdWallet's Top 10 Community-Focused Credit Unions


NerdWallet, the national thrift-promoting website and blog, named Cooperative Federal as "Most inclusive" and cited us for our commitment to social justice, diversity and local business development.

2010 Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility

Credit Union Association of New York

Cooperative Federal was recognized with the first place prize in the New York State Asset Category, as well as the second place prize for the National category, awarded in recognition of our holistic Banking the Underbanked Initiative.

2008 Wachovia NEXT Award for Community Impact

Opportunity Finance Network

Cooperative Federal was one of just six community development financial institutions (CDFI) from across the nation to be honored with a 2008 Wachovia NEXT Award. The awards, announced at the 2008 Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are among the most prestigious awards for responsible lending in the U.S.

2008 School/Community Partnership Best Practice Award

The NYS Rehabilitation Association awarded this honor to the Syracuse City School District, for the third consecutive year, for the Life Skills Program. Cooperative Federal is a lead partner and co-creator in that project.

2008 Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education - First Place

Credit Union Association of New York

Each year the Credit Union Association of New York awards the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award for excellence in youth financial education. Cooperative Federal was honored with this award in 2008, in recognition of our innovative Youth Life Skills program and partnerships.


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