Use Project Zip Code to Help Members Impact Legislation
October 31, 2011
November 3, 2011
Credit unions can now easily leverage membership information to impact the legislative process. Project Zip Code is a free software program that identifies the number of members of a particular credit union in each legislative district in each state by matching member information against state and federal legislative districts. Such easy access to quantifiable data gives credit unions a powerful grassroots tool for working with lawmakers. The program is fully compliant with the federal Gramm Leach Bliley Privacy Act and collects only the members’ zip codes, so it is safe to use—no names, addresses, account numbers, or phone numbers are ever collected by the program.
Project Zip Code is yet another tool credit unions can use to show lawmakers that credit unions can make a difference, using specific figures to illustrate the impact they have on their communities. Telling a lawmaker that a credit union has 30,000 members in their district clearly outlines the scope of the credit union’s membership and of the potential influence of the larger movement.
The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) asks credit unions to update their Project Zip Code numbers twice per year in an effort to keep the information as current as possible. After many years of using a CD to update information, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) simplified the process last year by offering Project Zip Code as a program that can be uploaded. A user’s manual, a link to the program and additional information are available on Project Zip Code’s website.
Credit union staff is asked to share this information with their IT staff and schedule their update for twice per year.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Wagner, Director of Legislative Advocacy for the NWCUA.