‘Save to Win’ Leverages the Desire to Win Big; Deposits Now Top $565,000 in Washington

Nearly 800 members have opened accounts at the six credit unions that helped launch Washington’s “Save to Win” program in April. The program, which offers cash prizes as an incentive for opening and maintaining a savings account, has grown to more than $565,000.

Express Credit Union Partners with City of Seattle to Help Vulnerable Consumers Gain Basic Financial Skills

When the city of Seattle opens six “Financial Empowerment Centers” in 2014 to help vulnerable consumers gain fundamental financial skills, Community Tellers from Express Credit Union and Express Advantage will play a significant role.

News & Notes from Across the Northwest

Express Credit Union, Express Advantage to Showcase Programs for Low-Income Members; Three NW Credit Unions Win CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Awards; CUNA Webinar to Offer Tips for Engaging Spanish-Speaking Members.

Bluebird Prepayment Card Architect to Keynote Amplify Convention

One of the most influential women in payments will headline Amplify Convention in Portland in October. Laura Kelly is the architect of the Amex/Walmart Bluebird card. Need we say more?

Express Advantage’s Dave Sieminski to Join CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment

Dave Sieminski, managing director of Express Advantage Credit Union, has accepted a position in the CFPB’s Office of Financial Empowerment, a division whose work focuses specifically on leveling the playing field for low- and moderate-income consumers and empowering them to make better financial decisions.

Northwest Credit Unions: Leveraging Bank Transfer Day in Order to Serve

Whether they are developing innovative methods to serve members, promoting new products and services, or simply making it easier to join, Northwest credit unions continue to find creative ways to leverage the increased public awareness and the lessons learned in the year since Bank Transfer Day.

Low-Income and Community Development Status Offer Opportunities to Consumers, Credit Unions

Upcoming trainings in Portland and Seattle will detail the benefits of low-income or community development designation, a status that helped Express Credit Union more than double membership and improve services and technology.

Pear Man Loans Open Ag Niche for Credit Union MBLs

As local farmers retire, North Coast Credit Union, through a program passed along by Express Credit Union, is finding a way to keep local agriculture alive and community members employed by working with a non-profit farm/farmer incubator program.

Foundation Grant Helps Express Credit Union Break Barriers in Reaching Unbanked

A grant from the Washington Credit Union Foundation has allowed Express Credit Union to improve outreach to low-income and unbanked consumers through better computer connectivity.

Washington Credit Unions Express Interest in Launching Prize-Linked Savings Programs

A survey of Washington credit union CEOs revealed 12 interested in offering prize-linked savings programs to members by early 2012. An “Idea Exchange” at the NWCUA’s Convention and Annual Business Meeting will provide more information for industry leaders.

$500 for Each Violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

We all know that cell phones have become a major part of our lives. What you may not know is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act restricts the use of automated dialer systems to contact members on their cellular phones.

Member Directions August 16, 2010

Recent news of your colleagues and the credit union movement.