Because credit unions are cooperative and member-driven, community impact is as important as their financial services mission. Credit unions care. The credit union story is not about profits; it’s about people.

Through collaboration, strategic philanthropy, cash contributions, and volunteerism, credit unions have an impact. Our resource center provides fundraising ideas, giving reports, teaching tools, and information about funding for your credit union’s community engagement plans.

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Truth Speaks: Credit Unions Are Good for People

The Truth Speaks. Cooperative credit unions give voice, choice, savings, and community benefit to millions of members. Share the good news.

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Elijah's Story

Elijah’s Story

Credit Unions for Kids is a Northwest legacy. When credit unions and their business partners get together, there’s almost no limit to what they can do to make sick children’s dreams come true. What happened at the 2013 Boardwalk of Miracles auction was nothing short of magic. Watch Elijah’s story.

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Strength in Numbers

With the possibility of 13,700 federal workers seeing their pay reduced by 20% due to federal budget cuts, three Northwest credit unions banded together in March 2013 to provide information to members in Kitsap County, Washington. Connection CU, Kitsap CU, and Peninsula CU organized a town hall where they brought together various community agencies like the local food pantry, a mental health provider, the regional cable company (which worked with people to lower their monthly bills), and Costco (which provided food for the event and offered part time jobs). By working together, they shared resources and offered hope and options to their Kitsap County community.

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Community Impact Pages

Northwest Credit Union Foundation

Visit the Foundation website to learn more about strategic philanthropy that focuses on asset building, economic empowerment, and cooperative development.

Learn how a community impact grant can provide funding for your outreach project.

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Financial Education Outreach

Credit unions are committed to volunteering in classrooms and community centers, teaching financial basics to children and adults. Presentations, teaching tools, and other resources are available through our online library.

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Credit Unions for Kids

Credit Unions for Kids is the credit union movement’s “charity of choice” and has raised more than $110 million for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The charity was founded here in the Northwest. Find out more about the regional hospitals it helps to support, get fundraising ideas, and celebrate your credit union’s fundraising success.

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Credit Unions for Kids Infographic

Learn more about how your contributions help sick children in the northwest.


Credit Union Philosophy Manual

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.


Oregon Community Giving Report

Oregon’s credit unions contributed millions in cash and thousands of volunteer hours to help causes such as financial education outreach, food banks, animal shelters, and more. Read the Oregon Community Giving Report.


Washington Community Giving Report

For nearly 90 years, Washington’s credit union employees have led by example, volunteering thousands of hours and millions in cash to make their communities better. Read the Washington Community Giving Report.



Looking for some inspiration? Here are some of our favorite nooks on the interwebs to learn about good people and organizations doing good things in the community:

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We are pleased to present the Northwest Credit Union Association Online & Mobile Directory, a complete listing of credit union contact information and financial data. Stay connected no matter where you are.

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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.

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