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Read the latest news from credit unions around the Northwest.


Northwest Credit Unions Urged to Participate in New Emergency Loan Program

Last week, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation launched the new Emergency Loan Program, which combines philanthropic funds with credit union contributions, allowing dollars to get immediately into the hands of those who need help now. NWCUF launched the program in the Yakima Valley, and soon plans to reach out to credit unions in southwest Idaho […]

Posted May 26, 2020 in Community Impact

Bite of Reality Goes Remote

The popular Bite of Reality app, used to educate students and young adults in real-world budgeting skills, has gone virtual with the newly launched Bite of Reality Remote. During the 2018-2019 school year, 3,500 students in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington honed their financial skills at in-person Financial Reality Fairs using the Bite of Reality app. […]

Posted May 12, 2020 in Asset Building, Financial Reality Fairs

Your Community and Nonprofit Partners Need Your Continued Support

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the Northwest, the role credit unions play in serving their communities is even more important. Apart from offering financial services, many credit unions provide a variety of charitable contributions or sponsorships to local organizations and serve as directors on nonprofit and community boards. Credit unions’ continued engagement with these […]

Posted March 19, 2020 in Community Impact, Cooperative Development, NWCUF

NWCUF Awards $295,000 in Latest Round of Workforce Housing Grants to Credit Unions

Credit unions throughout the region continue to focus on workforce housing hurdles within their communities, creating products, services, and partnerships that are directly tackling the problem. To further propel this work, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation has awarded several credit unions with workforce housing project and planning grants in the latest round of funding. It’s […]

Posted February 4, 2020 in Economic Empowerment, Workforce Housing

Six Seattle-Area Credit Unions Contribute $11 Million to Address Access to Housing Throughout the Metro Region

Credit unions are in-tune with the communities they serve, making it a priority to address financial barriers in their own backyards. One of the most significant issues facing residents across the Northwest is access to housing – and credit unions are tackling it, head-on, in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. A great example of credit union […]

Posted February 4, 2020 in Economic Empowerment, Workforce Housing

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The Northwest Credit Union Foundation Partners to Improve Financial Lives of Northwest Residents

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation continues to focus on new, innovative ways to help credit unions strengthen the financial lives of credit union members and their communities.  This important work wouldn’t be possible, however, without the generous, longstanding support of Northwest credit unions. In 2019, Northwest Credit Union Association members donated more than $500,000 to the Foundation, making priorities like the Community Impact Reporting Tool and workforce housing […]

Posted August 6, 2019 in Cooperative Development, Donors

Credit Unions Support Local Businesses, Nonprofits Through Difficult Times

The COVID-19 health crisis continues to disrupt daily life across the world, but as times get tougher, Northwest credit unions work harder to provide steadfast support for their communities. It’s the Credit Union Difference!  In Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, credit unions find creative ways to keep local businesses, charities, and other organizations going strong. Read […]

Posted May 21, 2020 in Community Impact

Credit Unions Ramp up Online Financial Education During COVID-19 Crisis

Idaho, Oregon, and Washington have issued stay-at-home orders, forcing residents to find ways to pass the time. In addition, many are experiencing financial hardship as they ride out the COVID-19 crisis. Credit unions understand the frustration and financial struggles, so they’re stepping up to offer even more online financial education. Several Northwest credit unions have […]

Posted May 21, 2020 in Community Impact

When Things Felt Impossible, a Credit Union was There

The months of March and April were blur – a slog of long days and sleepless nights. Stacey Bonell worried about her husband, Bradly, with his compromised immune system. She worried about herself, too, struggling to manage her multiple sclerosis. She needed to stay healthy enough to work. And she was distressed about her dedicated […]

Posted May 18, 2020 in Credit Union Response

Point West CU Reaches Out to Help Hispanics in Pandemic

Story by Jim DuPlessis for the Credit Union Times. All financial institutions have certain superpowers that consumers lack. They are built to navigate complexity. They know how to measure risk, and price it. They know how to plan and prioritize financial resources in crisis. They have developed the capability to assess a web of changing […]

Posted May 18, 2020 in Credit Union Response

Advantis Credit Union Doubles its Annual Grow Campaign Amid COVID-19

In an effort to respond to the ongoing, far-reaching community impacts of COVID-19, Advantis Credit Union, based in Milwaukie, Oregon, is awarding $100,000 to five local nonprofit organizations through its annual giveback campaign, Grow: The Advantis Community Fund. “We recognize immediate funding is critical to local nonprofits — especially those providing essential services like food, utility […]

Posted May 18, 2020 in Credit Union Response

Credit Unions Step Up to Meet Members’ Needs in Trying Times

When times get tough, credit unions step up. As coronavirus makes its rounds globally and in the United States, Northwest credit unions are jumping in to provide steadfast support for their members and employees. Thanks to advances in technology and credit unions’ commitment to providing convenient services, credit unions have virtual banking options, which means […]

Posted March 19, 2020 in Cooperative Development