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Arise Community Credit Union will exist as the Black-led financial hub of a culturally-responsive community cooperative economic system, delivering economically-priced financial resources to build and sustain a resilient, financially healthy and empowered community.

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Arise Community Credit Union will address the harmful effects of systemic exclusion, extraction, and disinvestment in North Minneapolis and other neighborhoods in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, helping free members from high-cost debt, help them gain control over personal finances, and achieve economic well-being. Arise will become a model for transformative economic enterprise, supporting the economic viability of Black communities and the wealth of their residents.

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Arise Community Credit Union embraces cooperative institutional principles and further outlines a set of founding principles that reflect the needs and aspirations of underserved African-American communities. Arise will assume responsibility for being a culturally responsive financial leader by:

  • Encouraging membership, regardless of economic or social circumstance, for all within the field of membership who can reasonably use services and can accept the responsibilities of membership.

  • Being conscious of and accountable to members in all decisions and actions with appropriate organizational mechanisms to insure member engagement and control.

  • Insuring the stability of the credit union and the security of its capital and assets and member benefits.

  • Offering pathways to individual financial independence and family wealth.

  • Maintaining outreach to immediate, extended, and intersecting communities about the value of a credit union financial institution.

  • Supporting the development of a cooperative economic ecosystem to bolster the local economy and deal more effectively with social and community needs.

  • Contributing directly through surpluses, investments, products, and services to local community development in order to enhance and sustain its economic integrity. 

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Dan Johnson, Arise CEO Designee

Experienced financial professional with a broad range of close relationships with business and community leaders throughout the Twin Cities. Extensive nonprofit board service experience with a particular focus uplifting the most vulnerable and underserved residents of North Minneapolis. Previously held a variety of positions at Wells Fargo in Business and Consumer Banking, ranging from Personal Banker, to Business Banker, to Branch Vice President. These required a variety of responsibilities including financial advice, customer care, training and supervision, and significant bank reporting and compliance. Most recently served as the Branch Manager at GEICO Insurance, licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Previously at Wells Fargo Insurance Agent, represented a full range of property and casualty insurance with licenses in 50 states. Successfully met all quality assurance goals and production goals every month. Nonprofit board service has included: Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, Emerge Community Development Corporation, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, and the New Salem Academy charter school.


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