Born in the late 1800s, Dora Maxwell was an early credit union pioneer. Despite having to deal with intimidating bankers, she is the credit union pioneer responsible for securing charters for hundreds of credit unions while working in an extremely intimidating industry in the United States.
She believed in fair access to financial services for everyone. This belief fueled her efforts and resulted in many accomplishments for the credit union movement.
Some of those accomplishments include:
Because of her efforts and beliefs, Dora Maxwell became the namesake of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award of CUNA, an award that recognizes credit unions for social responsibility within their communities. The award is given for external activities credit unions engage in. Credit unions can receive this award for involvement of any kind that benefits or helps other people or strengthens the structure of a community.