Credit unions are foundational to the Northwest economy, building financial strength in families and communities. As cooperatives, Northwest credit unions benefit the economy and their 4.9 million members in ways no other financial institutions can. An analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions last year gave their members $352 million in direct benefits, supported over 45,000 jobs and impacted the economy to the tune of nearly $7 billion.
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ECONorthwest economists documented the nearly $7 billion impact Northwest credit unions had on the economy, and the hundreds of millions of dollars in direct member benefits that only cooperative credit unions can return.
In addition to the economic data, the Northwest Credit Union Association has published Community Giving Reports detailing the good work credit unions do building stronger communities and better financial foundations for families.
The executive summary gives a top-line view of the ECONorthwest findings.
Download the executive summary breaking down the impact of Oregon’s credit unions.
Download the executive summary breaking down the impact of Washington’s credit unions.
Credit unions earn their “people helping people” reputation every day, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in direct member benefits, volunteering thousands of hours in community service, donating millions of dollars to charity, and providing financial services to 1.8 million members on Main Street. Learn more about the credit union difference.
Washington’s credit unions are foundational to the economy, building financial strength for their 3.4 million members. Learn more about the millions of dollars credit unions contribute to charity, the thousands of hours their teams volunteer, and the hundreds of millions in direct benefits they provide to members.
You’ve seen the Facebook posts in which real Northwest credit union members’ stories are highlighted. Read the full stories on our blog.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Receives $64,000 Donation from Credit Unions for Kids, Toy Donation From Seattle-Area Credit Unions04/04/2016 09/28/2015 08/19/2015 07/22/2015 06/24/2015
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- Oregon Benefits of Membership
- Washington Benefits of Membership
- Northwest Credit Unions’ Economic Impact
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On Saturday, April 25 we hosted our first-ever member volunteer event at GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) one of our non-profit partners in West Olympia. A great time was had by all. Take a look!
As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions believe in their members and invest in communities. A unique partnership between Harborstone Credit Union and the University of Washington is helping small businesses to thrive—including this expanding vegan restaurant chain!
Northwest credit unions proudly founded Credit Unions for Kids in 1986. Their model was adopted nationally a decade later and now is a major source of fundraising for 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.