Meet Lauren, Washington ‘Miracle Kid’

Celebrating 30 years since starting in the Northwest, Credit Unions for Kids helps thousands of kids receive medical care through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This is Lauren’s story.

STCU’s Financial Education Efforts Result in National CUNA Award

STCU received a national CUNA Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award, for “My Life, My Money,” a program that reached over 1,400 students last year.

BECU Closes all Branches to Teach Teens Financial Literacy

During its “Closing for Good” event, the credit union closed all of its locations for half a day and sent all 1,300 staff to teach financial literacy at local high schools.

News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Red Canoe sets fundraising record; Consolidated Community opens flagship branch with new brand.

NW Priority Volunteers to Serve Veterans and Their Families

Michael Murdoch of NW Priority shares how his credit union’s team took the late shift at a telethon to raise funds for veterans fighting mental health challenges.

Gaining Gen Y’s Membership and Trust in a Digital World

Credit unions can meet Gen Y where they are — on social media — and engage them in real conversation about big financial matters.

News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Oregon Community gives members an opportunity to “fly south with the Ducks,” CUNA announces the “Community Credit Union of the Year” award, and Solarity boosts the “Miracle Cup” program for CMN hospitals.

The Four Elements That Make Payment Protection a Solid Value for Members

There are three key elements that insurance or other financial-protection products must have to be a good value: accessibility, competitive pricing, and reliability. But if the recent struggles with health insurance exchanges have shown us anything, CUNA Mutual Group’s Rich Trace says, it’s that you should probably add a fourth element to the mix: convenience.

‘Life Be Expensive These Days’: Reality Fair Volunteers Can Help Students Be Smart Consumers

Volunteers are being recruited now for four upcoming Financial Reality Fairs in May and June. It’s a chance to give students, teachers and even credit union leaders a first-hand look at what it takes to be smart financial consumers.

‘Life on the Edge 2’ Generates a Wealth of Ideas for the Fight Against Poverty

Kitsap Credit Union’s Cathy Brorson, who created “Life on the Edge” as a Development Educator project to engage her community in the fight against poverty, reports back on the results of “Life on the Edge 2.” The ripple effect, she says, could be unending.

‘Life on the Edge 2’: Engaging All of Kitsap County in the Fight Against Poverty

It started as Cathy Brorson’s Development Educator project, but “Life on the Edge” has become a rallying point in Kitsap County for the fight against poverty. Next week’s gathering will focus on identifying priorities and creating the kinds of programs that can sustain change.

Natural Partners: Credit Unions and Life Insurance

Is your credit union membership at financial risk due to a lack of life insurance coverage? A 2013 study reported 30% of Americans have no coverage and 44% have no individual life insurance. Our Strategic Link business partner CUNA Mutual Group shares some suggestions.

Bringing Awareness to the Need for AD&D Protection

For members under age 44, accidents are the leading cause of death. Fortunately, getting AD&D coverage is much easier than it used to be—especially with simplified online applications. CUNA Mutual provides details in this week’s Strategic Link business partner article.

The DFI Issued Guidance on State Credit Union Owned Life Insurance

The Washington DFI has issued a compliance update of interest to credit unions carrying life insurance products.

Connect Members to Insurance Online

CUNA Mutual Group’s MemberCONNECT Program helps credit unions offer members convenient, online access to protection products like life, auto, home and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.

Financial Beginnings’ Game of Life Fundraiser April 25

The Northwest Credit Union Association is sponsoring a fundraising event for Financial Beginnings. The Game of Life event in Portland April 25 will help to fund training for hundreds of volunteers making financial education presentations in Oregon.

Kitsap’s ‘Life on the Edge’ Earns State and National CUNA Awards

Kitsap Credit Union earned regional and national recognition for its “Life on the Edge in Kitsap County” program, garnering a first-place Dora Maxwell Award in Washington and second-place honors in CUNA’s national competition.

NWCUA Regulatory Advocacy Update: Advisory Opinion on BOLI Expected from Washington DFI

The weekly Regulatory Advocacy Update outlines the NWCUA’s efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions and protect the larger movement. Included here is an update on Washington DFI’s stance on bank-owned life insurance.