Supporting Local Communities

Mike Smith and Maurice Smith pose for a photo

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) and the UNC School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce an expansion of their partnership. LGFCU reaffirmed its support of the School with a $12.7 million multi-year recommitment pledge that includes support for several key programs and initiatives. These funds will provide continued support of the innovative LGFCU Fellows program and a dean’s special initiatives fund, and launch Solutions for North Carolina, a new program that will work with communities statewide to develop collaborative strategies for solving local challenges.

Both LGFCU and the School of Government are rooted in a foundation of service to the state of North Carolina — its communities, its local governments, and its public servants. LGFCU is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative established to serve the financial needs of its members, many of the same people served by the School. This shared mission has created a natural partnership over 20 years that benefits thousands of local government employees, officials and community members.

“Maurice Smith told me 20 years ago that our missions were aligned and that together, we were going to do great things for North Carolina. He was right on both counts,” said Mike Smith, dean of the School of Government. “We have been able to do these great things because of LGFCU’s incredible support. There is nothing better than partnering with good people who share our values and our commitment to improving the lives of people in North Carolina, and we are grateful for their continued trust and confidence in the value of our work.”

“The initial investment that LGFCU made in the University of North Carolina’s School of Government continues to meet the goal of enhancing North Carolina communities at the local level,” said Maurice Smith, LGFCU chief executive officer. “It is no surprise that given the resources, local governments have been able to leverage their connections to the School of Government to move forward in preparing the next generation of leaders and in planning and implementing transformative development projects. I look forward to the boundless results that our continued partnership with the School will provide for communities across North Carolina.”

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