CUNA, National Sheriffs’ Association Collaborate for I.G.N.I.T.E. Program

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement in support of the NSA’s Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education (I.G.N.I.T.E.) program, which helps incarcerated people obtain vital life skills, such as financial education.

“U.S. recidivism rates remain at an all-time high, and a lack of financial education can impact an incarcerated person’s ability to find and keep employment, transportation, and housing after they’ve served their time,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Credit unions are the original consumer protector and many of them offer financial education and counseling services, so this is a natural fit. It’s also an extension of our collective mission to promote financial well-being for all, particularly those who face barriers.”  

“Financial literacy and support are important and too often lacking for those incarcerated in our jails. With IGNITE’s strategic collaboration with the CUNA we will make significant inroads to assist inmates returning to society. America’s sheriffs greatly appreciate the CUNA for its support, insight and expertise as work together for a stronger, safer and more secure communities across the nation,” said Jonathan Thompson, NSA Executive Director.

The organizations will work together to identify collaborative opportunities to connect incarcerated individuals with credit union resources to help create a pathway towards financial well-being. 

IGNITE is currently operating or will soon be launching in the following locations: 

  • Genesee County, Michigan (launched 9/20) 
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota (launched 9/21)
  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (launched 3/22)
  • Roanoke City, Virginia (launched (9/22)
  • Cass County North Dakota (launches 9/22)
  • Sandusky County, Ohio (launches Fall 2022)
  • Collin County, Texas (launches Fall 2022)

About CUNA:          
Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 130 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit To find your nearest credit union, visit

About NSA:         
The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest non-profit associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of approximately 14,000 individuals. NSA is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its eighty-one-year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies.