Awards and Accolades for Northwest Credit Unions


Columbia Credit Union receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Philanthropy

This month, Washington-based Columbia Credit Union was honored with a 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Philanthropy from the Clark College Foundation. This award recognizes Columbia Credit Union’s commitment to supporting the college and the community through leadership in education.

“Columbia Credit Union has been amazing because their giving has not been pinpointed to just one thing. It’s easy for a financial institution to say we do financial literacy, but the challenges are much broader. By giving back, they make an impact throughout the community,” said Lisa Gibert, President and CEO of Clark College Foundation.

Columbia Credit Union’s gifts have supported several of Clark College’s educational initiatives, including upgrading their Pharmacy Technician program and building a simulation pharmacy, and the construction of a new STEM building and expansion of their science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

“I believe that Clark College and Columbia Credit Union are closely aligned in our mission and our values,” said Steve Kenny, President and CEO of Columbia Credit Union. “We are focused on quality education and a skilled workforce and committed to making life better in the communities we serve. It feels like a perfect fit for us to support Clark College in any way we can.”

“Giving back to a community that’s been extraordinarily generous to Columbia Credit Union for the past 65 years is simply the right thing to do,” said Columbia Credit Union Chief Marketing Officer Colleen Boccia. “Supporting Clark College, where our community gathers to invent and reinvent themselves to stay relevant in today’s workforce, is an easy choice for Columbia Credit Union.”

First Tech Federal Credit Union Named Best Financial Institution in Oregon and California by MONEY magazine

Following its review of the largest 90 brick-and-mortar banks, 50 credit unions, and 15 online banks, MONEY magazine recognized First Tech as the best financial institution in Oregon and California in its 2017-2018 “The Best Bank in Every State” survey. MONEY’s project partner, Bankrate, also honored First Tech in its roundup, “The Best Credit Unions in the U.S.”

“We’re constantly striving to best serve the technology-rooted communities across the nation, and are thrilled to receive accolades in Oregon and California,” said Greg Mitchell, President and CEO of First Tech. “For decades, First Tech has worked on behalf of industry leaders and professionals to equip them with the right tools for financial success. We’re proud that our commitment to excellent products and services has allowed our member base to grow immensely not just locally, but across the nation.”

MONEY named First Tech the best in Oregon in part due to its Dividend Rewards Checking account, which offers one of the highest interest rates of any bank or credit union in the state, 1.58 annual percentage yield (APY) when requirements are met. First Tech was also praised in California for its competitive interest rate and its impressive account terms, such as no monthly maintenance fees and free out-of-network ATM use.

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