Programs and Resources
The Association’s professional development and training is tailored to the needs of Northwest credit unions and is continuously updated to reflect growing trends and individual requests and needs.
The Association’s events calendar includes a listing of upcoming Association-sponsored events, as well as events from other system allies of interest to credit unions in the Northwest.
Councils are forums for credit union professionals to meet, share experiences and learn from one another. Councils meet in person three times per year and offer high-level presentations from industry experts.
Director Specific Training
Training for your directors is a priority. NWCUA is invested in making sure your board members have the training resources needed to meet the challenges inherent with operating complex financial institutions.
The Association’s award programs recognize the best our industry has to offer including annual awards that recognize lifetime contributions to the credit union movement, social responsibility, and excellence in advocacy, marketing, and chapter effectiveness.
National Certification Programs
These self-paced, self-study programs can help credit union professionals and board members gain essential skills.
The NWCUA provides customized direct training programs for your credit union. Available topics include compliance training, advocacy, and media training, as well as orientation training.
NWCUA partners with Financial Education & Development and the Credit Union Webinar Network to deliver quality webinar training for credit union staff. Through this partnership, we deliver more than 150 webinars annually, covering critical issues for every discipline.
Grants & Scholarships
The Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing partnerships that bring Northwest credit unions, community organizations, and nonprofits together to improve and grow the regional economy. The foundation’s mission is to cultivate opportunities and develop leaders that improve the well-being of the communities credit unions serve. The Foundation provides credit unions and community partners with support to promote asset-building, economic empowerment, and cooperative development. Community grants and professional development scholarships are available.
Credit Union Philosophy Certification
New employees notice very quickly that the credit union space is unique and special. Our Credit Union Philosophy Certification Manual & Quiz captures the rich history of the credit union movement, as well as the social and economic missions we fulfill. After reading the manual, take the quiz, and then download your certificate. This engaging resource is highly recommended for all new employees as well as for staff wanting a refresher course on the roots of the “People Helping People” philosophy.
Credit Unions for Kids
The credit union movement’s national “charity of choice” was founded in the Northwest in 1986. Our credit unions continue to support this legacy cause through collaboration that is facilitated by six regional Ambassador Advisory Groups, driven by the credit unions. Each of the six regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals benefit directly from the credit unions’ fundraising efforts.
Small Credit Union Resources
Because small credit unions face unique challenges, the Northwest Credit Union Association has a section of our website specifically dedicated to helping credit unions with assets of $50 million and less, to thrive.
REALSolutions helps real people with real needs. Whether it’s assisting predatory loan victims climb out of debt, working families facing emergencies, or young people striving for the American dream, REALSolutions are just a click away with the Northwest Credit Union Association.