The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 160 credit unions in Washington and Oregon, and affiliated credit unions in Idaho, Hawaii, and Alaska.
What We Do
The Association provides legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance support, professional development opportunities, and public relations resources to help credit unions thrive and better serve the 4.5 million Northwest consumers who are credit union members. Here are the key benefits we provide our members:
A Strong, Connected Voice
We are the unifying voice for credit unions in Olympia, Salem, and Washington, D.C. The Association works with state and federal policy makers, coalitions, and consumer groups to keep credit union powers strong, and give credit unions the opportunity to thrive. Oregon and Washington’s consumers have the best access to credit unions in the nation, because of our unsurpassed operating environment..Visit Public Awareness Page
Around-the-Clock Compliance Support
The Association employs full-time staff devoted to helping credit unions shoulder a weighty compliance burden. Association membership also gives access to InfoSight, the 24/7 Compliance Answer Library (CAL), state-specific compliance updates, CUNA’s e-guide to Federal Laws & Regulations, and COBWEB—CUNA’s e-mail listserv for the discussion of compliance issues.Visit Compliance Resource Center
Excellent, Affordable Education Opportunities
Your membership with the Association and CUNA gives you access to inexpensive education, including webinars that eliminate travel expenses, and national certification programs. You can be assured that our programs will provide outstanding education for your staff and board members. We provide our members with over 200 opportunities to grow through Networking Councils, conferences, and online programs.Visit Professional Development Page
Positive Media Attention
The Association works with media institutions throughout the nation promoting credit unions. This includes getting the positive stories of our members told through community websites and publications, local radio and television outlets, national news organizations, and credit union trades. Our role is to promote the credit union difference. CUNA carries that same message to national media outlets such as NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.Visit Media Center
Association Networking Councils are forums for credit union professionals to meet, share experiences, and learn from one another.Visit Page
Building Better Business Relationships
Strategic Link, the Association’s wholly-owned services corporation provides credit unions with high-quality, competitively priced products and discounted services.Visit Strategic Link
Scholarships & Grants
The Northwest Credit Union Foundation supports and promotes credit union development and credit unions’ commitment to social responsibility. Support includes professional development scholarships, community outreach, disaster relief, and small credit union assistance.Visit NWCUF
Helping Small Credit Unions Prosper
The Association helps address the competitive needs of small credit unions, and organizes no-cost small credit union roundtables.Small Credit Union Resources
Guiding Social Responsibility
Social works on a grand scale require cooperation. The Association acts as a focus for concentrating credit union efforts in the community, whether those efforts are directed at preventing elder abuse, educating minority communities on the importance of becoming “banked,” or teaching children about the importance of financial literacy. Standing together we’re better than we can be standing alone.
What is a Credit Union
A credit union is a cooperative, member-driven, not-for-profit financial services provider. Credit unions exist solely to serve their members, unlike profit-driven financial institutions, which exist to pay their stockholders.
Credit unions share their earnings with members.
The structure, value, and impact of credit unions sets them apart.
- Structure means that as cooperatives, credit unions are member-driven. All decisions are made in the best interests of the members.
- Value is real! Members pay lower fees and loan rates, and earn better interest.
- Impact is tangible. As cooperatives, volunteerism and outreach are in the staff and member “DNA” and that makes communities better.
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