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Digital Media Center
Welcome to the GoWest Digital Media Center, a one-stop resource for journalists, bloggers, communicators, and marketers. Whether the stories you tell are for trade outlets or for consumer-facing media, we are here to help.
The GoWest Credit Union Association is a trusted voice in the financial services industry, and our 300+ member credit unions are the preferred financial partners for 16.5 million consumers in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We can connect you with subject matter experts who will help make your audiences smarter about managing their money, understanding why credit unions are good for people, communities, and the economy as a whole, and what credit unions are doing to address community challenges such as financial literacy, housing insecurity, rural services, and more.
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IN THE NEWS
Anytime the GoWest Credit Union Association is recognized by a news source, we will publish that information here. We are a go-to source for news outlets covering credit unions, the economy, consumer finance, and more.In the News
The Credit Union Difference
Credit unions help consumers achieve their financial dreams. They provide every imaginable financial service including savings accounts, loans for cars, homes, and businesses, credit cards, financial counseling, and more.
How are credit unions different from banks?
That’s easy. Credit unions put people before profits. While banks are owned by stockholders and must deliver profits to them, credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, essentially owned by the members using their services. Instead of returning profits to Wall Street, credit unions reinvest in their members, offering them smart economical products and services, and to top all that off, a voice in how the credit union is operated! Credit union boards are comprised of their members.
The American Credit Union Movement took flight during the Great Depression when people in need could not access the for-profit financial services system. Founding members pooled their own money, to make affordable loans possible for people who needed help. Credit unions remain as true to those roots as ever.
Your money is always safe in a credit union.
Deposits in most Northwest federally insured credit unions are insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). Funded by credit unions and administered by the National Credit Union Administration, the NCUSIF is backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. A few Northwest credit unions that are not part of the NCUSIF program, carry private insurance to protect their members’ financial assets.
Resources for Reporters
Download helpful information for your audiences including consumer research, infographics demonstrating credit unions’ economic and community impact, logos, and Northwest Credit Union Association biographies.
Benefits of Membership
As not-for-profit, cooperative financial institutions, credit unions often are able to offer their members a better deal when it comes to loans, credit cards, and savings opportunities.
Download the reports detailing how this makes a difference for member households.
Credit Unions by the Numbers
Economic and Community Impact
Credit unions are good for people, communities, and for the economy. Last year, credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington delivered an $11 billion boost to the regional economy, contributed millions to charities, volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours in community services, and offered free financial education to tens of thousands of adults and students.
Interview Subject Matter Experts
GoWest is a trusted voice for trade and consumer-facing media outlets, and had many subject matter experts on staff. Please reach out to Lynn Heider to arrange for interviews.
GoWest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 300 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, and their 16.5 million consumer members. We help our member credit unions with compliance, professional development, and advocacy for laws and regulations that remove barriers so they can better serve their members.
Powered by a network of credit unions, GoWest Credit Union Foundation uniquely positioned to harness and deliver resources that strengthen the financial lives of people and communities throughout the region. This is accomplished through asset building, economic empowerment, and cooperative development. The NWCUF is a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Serving as a collaborative hub, GoWest Solutions harnesses the power of cooperative intelligence to connect GoWest member credit unions with leading business partners in the industry. These world-class partners provide innovative solutions designed to help credit unions save money, stay up to date with emerging trends, deliver cutting-edge technology, and ultimately, better serve their diverse memberships.
Join Credit Union Development Educators as they lead the entire Credit Union Movement in transforming their training into community service action throughout the world.
The #ILoveMyCreditUnion social media blitz will be held on July 29, inspiring authentic conversations and awareness of credit unions around the world.