Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing partnerships that bring together Northwest credit unions, community organizations and nonprofits to improve and grow the regional economy. Our mission is to cultivate opportunities and develop leaders that improve the well-being of our communities we serve. We provide credit unions and community partners with support that promotes asset-building, economic empowerment and cooperative development and believe these focus areas contribute to long term sustainability for the Northwest and for credit unions making investments in their members and communities.
Credit unions help our most underserved communities work towards self-sufficiency. A key factor in achieving this growth is through asset-building and education. We recognize the commitment of Northwest credit unions to being dedicated financial educators and advocates for education as a pathway to moving individuals and families out of poverty.
When communities thrive, credit unions thrive. Economic empowerment means individuals and families have access to housing and the ability to gain skills needed to get a job or start a business. We support our partners in the Northwest region who advance small business growth and ensure that affordable housing and workforce development are available and easily accessible.
The cooperative spirit of “people helping people” not only lives within the Northwest credit union movement but throughout the larger cooperative community. We are proud to support locally owned and operated organizations, that, like credit unions, lead their organizations with the cooperative philosophy. Through employee development and community engagement initiatives, we support their contributions to creating sustainable local economies.