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Read the latest news from credit unions around the Northwest.


Rural Credit Unions Are Evolving with Help from NWCUF

The Northwest is constantly changing. Its storied landscapes, diverse communities, and economy never stop evolving. As the financial needs of Northwest residents shift, credit unions continually strive for new innovations that meet those needs. That is especially true in rural areas where remoteness, evolving economies, and sometimes, banks closing branches or leaving, make it challenging […]

Posted August 18, 2021 in Rural Access

How SELCO is Helping to Solve Houselessness in Lane County

Communities across America are grappling with houselessness — and none more so than Eugene, Oregon, which led the nation in per capita houselessness as recently as 2019. According to the most recent Homeless By Name dashboard, there were a total of 3,286 individuals in emergency shelter, transitional housing, or unsheltered living situations in Lane County, […]

Posted August 17, 2021 in Community Impact

Newrizons FCU Uses CDFI Grant to Support Immigrant Community

Newrizons Federal Credit Union has always known its niche. Located in Hoquiam, Washington, the credit union serves seasonal workers in industries such as fishing, timber, mill work, and hospitality. The area has a large immigrant population, and many residents are low-income, unemployed, or underemployed at some point during the year. It’s a community Newrizons has […]

Posted July 20, 2021 in Community Impact

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

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Do You Know How to Prepare for Wildfires?

While Hotshot crews work gallantly to battle Oregon’s 400,000-plus acre Bootleg wildfire, hundreds of other blazes are burning across the Northwest. NWCUA’s Wildfire Resource Center provides information to prepare your credit union, employees, directors, and members for a wildfire in your area. Helpful links allow you to monitor every active wildfire in the region so […]

Posted July 27, 2021 in Disaster Relief

With Wildfire Season Upon Us, NWCUF is Here to Help

With unseasonably high temperatures and dry conditions across the Northwest, we’re already seeing wildfires across the region. Oregon’s Bootleg Fire is the largest in the nation, having already burned more than 360,000 acres. As if that weren’t enough, an estimated 90% of the area is experiencing drought conditions. Hopefully, your community will be spared from […]

Posted July 20, 2021 in Disaster Relief

Columbia CU Leverages Community Relationships for Critical Pandemic Relief

6/29/2021 Columbia Credit Union has long made it a priority to partner with organizations in Southwest Washington to serve its members and communities in the best ways possible. When COVID-19 hit, the sheer need for help during the pandemic was unprecedented and called for an unparalleled response. To answer that call, the Vancouver-based cooperative not […]

Posted July 2, 2021 in Community Impact

How Credit Unions Can Keep Students Engaged this Summer and Beyond

6/22/2021 Throughout the school year, thousands of children and young adults across the Northwest learn basic money principles thanks to free financial education resources offered by the region’s credit unions. Good news: Even with school out for the summer, credit unions can still engage with local youth through Financial Reality Fairs, such as Bite of […]

Posted June 22, 2021 in Economic Empowerment, NWCUF

Numerica Credit Union Awards $300,000 in Community Grants

5/4/2021 Numerica Credit Union recently awarded $300,000 in community grants to 30 nonprofit organizations across the Northwest. The credit union’s Charitable Fund is focused on addressing systemic issues facing the region. The nonprofits receiving 2021 grants stood out for innovative, inclusive, and collaborative efforts making a deep impact in areas such as generational poverty, hunger, […]

Posted June 2, 2021 in Community Impact

Credit Unions Share Financial Education Resources with Millions During April

5/4/2021 Credit unions prove their commitment to promoting financial literacy among their members and communities time and time again. In fact, a recent ECONorthwest report found that Northwest credit unions provided financial education to a whopping 207,000 K-12 students and 68,000 adults in 2019! With April being both Financial Capability Month and Credit Union Youth […]

Posted June 2, 2021 in Economic Empowerment

Credit Unions and NWCUF Provide Disaster Relief for Members and Employees

5/28/2021 Over the past year, the Northwest faced extreme and unprecedented weather that caused widespread damage to homes and property. True to their “People Helping People” philosophy, credit unions responded quickly, dedicating financial support and other resources to assist their members and communities through these crises. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation joined in the effort […]

Posted June 2, 2021 in Disaster Relief