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Read the latest news from credit unions around the Northwest.


High School Students in Idaho and Oregon Get a Taste of ‘Adulting’ with Finances

There’s no better time to teach young people the importance of healthy money management habits than during Financial Literacy Month and Credit Union Youth Month. One of the best ways to do that? Let them experience a day in the life of an adult with numerous financial responsibilities through the Bite of Reality App. On […]

Posted April 27, 2022 in Economic Empowerment, Financial Literacy, Financial Reality Fairs

Credit Unions Join Idaho Governor to Formally Kick Off Financial Literacy Month

Last week, Idaho credit unions came together to support the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition’s (IFLC) annual Proclamation Signing and Piggy Bank Beauty Contest Awards Ceremony. The event kicked off Financial Literacy Month with some fun and welcomed a host of special guests including Idaho Governor Brad Little; Idaho Department of Finance’s Erin Van Engelen, Patty […]

Posted April 19, 2022 in Financial Literacy

Idaho Credit Unions Leverage NWCUF Project Grants to Support Rural Communities

There are numerous rural communities across the Northwest, each with their own unique history, geography, traditions, and demographics. In Idaho, 88% of the land area is classified as rural, and populations living in these areas have specific financial needs credit unions are helping to meet. In early 2021, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation launched the […]

Posted April 19, 2022 in Community Impact, NWCUF

Using Community Data to Understand Members’ Unique Needs

3/23/21 Last week, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation convened more than 70 credit union leaders, where they had the opportunity to hear from United Way representatives from across the region during the event, Meeting Member Needs — Using Data to Drive Impact. United Way walked credit unions through the latest ALICE reports for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, showcasing […]

Posted March 24, 2021 in Community Impact

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Amplifying Credit Unions’ Community Impact Through Resources & Expertise

2/2/21 As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions are uniquely positioned to provide the financial solutions their consumers and communities need so that they may prosper and thrive. When credit unions leverage the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s resources and expertise, they can further amplify their community impact. Focusing on economic empowerment, asset building, and cooperative development throughout […]

Posted February 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

The NWCUF is Seeking Innovative Approaches to Serving the Region’s Rural Communities

1/12/21 The Northwest is home to hundreds of rural communities, each with their own evolving economies and diverse demographics. When faced with change, they are resilient and innovative. Credit unions serve as community partners, offering the financial services, products, and solutions that best fit their unique needs. To assist with this important work, the Northwest […]

Posted January 12, 2021 in Asset Building

Oregon Credit Union Community Rallies for Ukraine

It’s hard to believe just last summer, there was relative peace in Ukraine, and peace in the hearts of Olena Sheremetyeva’s family. Times were so good, Olena left her Salem, Oregon, home with her seven-year-old son Nicholas for a memorable trip to visit his grandparents in Kyiv. Now, no days are taken for granted by […]

Posted March 22, 2022 in Credit Union Response, Disaster Relief

Northwest, Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Boards Vote Unanimously to Merge

The Northwest Credit Union Association and Mountain West Credit Union Association announced that after a thorough due diligence process revealed numerous benefits to combining the two Associations, both organization’s boards declared they strongly support and recommend NWCUA and MWCUA merge to become one Association. Over the past few weeks, the Northwest and Mountain West Credit […]

Posted March 8, 2022 in NWCUF

Supporting the Farms that Feed Us

Hard-working farms in Idaho and Lewis Counties help to put pork, chicken, beef, and lamb on families’ dinner tables. They also produce wheat, barley, chickpeas, canola, and other pulse crops. When it’s time to get ready for the growing season, farmers know they can count on their financial partners at Cottonwood Community Federal Credit Union […]

Posted January 25, 2022 in Community Impact

United Way of Treasure Valley CEO Nora Carpenter Joins NWCUF Board

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation will formally welcome Nora Carpenter, President and CEO of the United Way of Treasure Valley, to its Board of Directors at its annual Friends of the Foundation Membership meeting on Dec. 14. A resident of Boise, Idaho, Carpenter brings a long history of nonprofit leadership and board service to her […]

Posted November 30, 2021 in NWCUF Board

NWCUF Helps Credit Unions Tackle Weighty Societal Issues

The work credit unions do to support their members and communities is part of the “People Helping People” philosophy that’s in their DNA — it’s the true reason they exist. Over the decades since their inception as non-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions evolved to meet contemporary expectations for member services that build financial health and increase […]

Posted November 16, 2021 in NWCUF