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Read the latest news from credit unions around the Northwest.


Northwest Credit Unions and NWCUF Partner to Provide Timely Financial Assistance

11/13/2020 Credit unions are founded on the “People Helping People” philosophy. That core principle was never more apparent than it was this year, as people looked to credit unions for support. During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early this spring, and in September, when wildfires ravaged parts of the Northwest, thousands found themselves in […]

Posted November 18, 2020 in Asset Building, Community Impact, Credit Union Response, Disaster Recover, Disaster Relief, NWCUF

Oregon Credit Unions Come Through with Grants to Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

10/13/2020 When the state of Oregon asked Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to distribute emergency grants to small businesses, the hope was that very small businesses would be served: those with fewer than 25 employees, sole proprietorships, rural, and minority-owned businesses. Credit unions delivered. Between July 3 and Sept. 28, the four participating credit unions […]

Posted October 13, 2020 in Credit Union Response

Northwest Credit Unions, Partners, and Individuals Raise $100,000 Through NWCUF Disaster Relief Program

A series of wildfires ravaged the Northwest earlier this month, burning thousands of acres, taking several lives and injuring many others, destroying homes, and displacing hundreds. Immediately, credit unions jumped into action to help their members and employees impacted by the devastation, even as they grappled with their own evacuations, branch closures, and property damage. […]

Posted September 24, 2020 in Disaster Relief, NWCUF

Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Wildfire Disaster Relief Provides Immediate Aid

An unprecedented series of wildfires fed by intense winds recently devastated communities across the Northwest in September, causing death and injuries, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes, destroying property, and interrupting services to consumers. In response, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation activated its Disaster Relief Program to assist credit unions and their employees impacted […]

Posted September 22, 2020 in Asset Building

Northwest Credit Unions Honor Their Members and Communities During International Credit Union Day

10/20/2020 International Credit Union Day was Thursday, Oct. 15 — a day dedicated to reflecting on the global Credit Union Movement and celebrating all the ways credit unions contribute to a brighter future for millions of members around the world. Northwest credit unions celebrated the day in various ways, from hosting giveaways on social media […]

Posted November 16, 2020 in Community Impact, Credit Union Response, Friends of the Foundation

Northwest Credit Union Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Amid Devastating Wildfires

An unprecedented series of wildfires fed by intense winds has devastated communities across the Northwest this month, causing death and injuries, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes, destroying property, and interrupting services to consumers. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation has activated its disaster relief program to assist credit unions and their employees impacted by […]

Posted September 14, 2020 in Disaster Relief, NWCUF

Want to Bring Bite of Reality to Students Remotely?

Bite of Reality, a popular app used during Financial Reality Fairs to help young adults learn real-world budgeting skills, has gone virtual for the 2020-2021 school year. Credit unions interested in hosting the fairs won’t want to miss a virtual walk-through of the program to learn more. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation will host a […]

Posted September 8, 2020 in Asset Building, Financial Reality Fairs

Oregon Credit Unions Step up to Distribute $35 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funds to Main Street

When Oregon legislative leadership established a $35 million fund to help people bearing the brunt of COVID-19’s financial impact, they turned to financial institutions – 80% of them credit unions – to get the job done. Credit unions delivered. Within two-and-a-half days of the program’s launch on Aug. 19, the state informed participating financial institutions […]

Posted August 25, 2020 in Disaster Relief

NWCUF Grantee Spotlight: Mid Oregon Credit Union Shares Insights on How it is Addressing Workforce Housing Hurdles in Bend

Like so many regions across the Northwest, Bend, Oregon is experiencing inflated housing costs, which has driven the workforce further and further away from their places of employment. Mid Oregon Credit Union knew they had a role to play to address this urgent housing problem, and in June of 2019, the credit union partnered with the Northwest Credit […]

Posted August 19, 2020 in Economic Empowerment, Workforce Housing

NWCUF Offers Digital Resources and Support to Bring Financial Education to Young People Across the Northwest

The economic impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of financial education and financial management skills in our communities. To help address that need, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is offering tools for credit unions to support engagement with young people about financial literacy, money management, and business planning to prepare them in building a […]

Posted August 19, 2020 in Asset Building