Dora Maxwell

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Dora Maxwell

Dora Maxwell (1897 - June 29, 1985) was an early credit union pioneer in New York state. Despite having to deal with intimidating bankers, she secured charters for hundreds of credit unions throughout the United States.[1] She was a delegate to the 1934 Estes Park conference which established the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and worked as an organizer for the Credit Union National Extension Bureau, the movement's trade organization.

She is the namesake of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award of CUNA, an award that recognizes credit unions for social responsibility projects within their communities.


  1. ^ Credit Union Agents in City. The Pittsburgh Press. 5 March 1935.