Read the latest news from credit unions around the Northwest.

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

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

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

Urban League Partners with Five Portland CUs to Advance Financial Well-Being of Black Oregonians

Five Portland-area credit unions and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation have partnered with the Urban League of Portland to advance the financial well-being of Black Oregonians. The new pilot program, called the Financial Empowerment Collaborative (FEC), will foster financial empowerment in Portland’s Black community and provide solid pathways for participants on their path to financial and housing […]

Posted November 9, 2021 in Community Impact

Rogue Credit Union CEO Gene Pelham Named to Lead NWCUF Board

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation Board of Directors elected officers for its Board of Directors and welcomed two new Board members during NWCUA’s MAXX 2021 annual convention. Gene Pelham, President and CEO of Rogue Credit Union in Medford, Ore., was named Chair of the Foundation Board by his peers during a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. […]

Posted October 26, 2021 in NWCUF Board

Northwest Credit Unions Stepped Up to Help Students with College Expenses

The skyrocketing cost of a college education is no secret. The Federal Reserve reports that in the second quarter of 2021, Americans owed a whopping $1.73 trillion in student loans. Student debt is so prevalent it became a major topic during the 2020 elections. It’s a complex issue that’s especially hard on low-income and first-generation […]

Posted October 26, 2021 in Asset Building, MESA

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

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