Northwest Credit Unions Celebrate Financial Fitness Day

Credit Unions around the Northwest—and around the country—celebrated Financial Fitness Day on April 6. Here is a rundown of the stories shared on social media with the #FinancialFitnessDay hashtag.

The Credit Union Guide to Making Impactful Donations

Credit unions give millions to charitable organizations during the holidays. The National Credit Union Foundation shares some tips on making your donations count.

Compliance Center: What We Learned at the FBI/Secret Service Cybersecurity Symposium

Learn how to contact law enforcement in the case of a cybersecurity incident; your question answered about posting the FBI sticker; plus this week’s legal briefs.

Advantis Credit Union Awards $50,000 in GROW Grants to Local Nonprofits

The credit union invited community members to vote on who should get the grants, and money went to everything from a children’s book bank to an emergency shelter for women and children.

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

Advantis kicks off $50k GROW Community Fund; Red Canoe business development officer wins mentor of the year.

NCUA Approves Field of Membership Changes and More

The NCUA Board approved five items at Thursday’s board meeting, including a final rule expanding automatic approval for associational groups’ membership in federal credit unions.

Compliance Center: NCUA Releases Agenda for April 30 Board Meeting

NCUA agenda set; your question answered on charging fee for dormancy; plus this week’s legal briefs.

Futurist to Recruit Credit Union “Change Agents” at Amplify

An expert in future studies plans to “infect as many change agents as possible” from the stage at Amplify Convention this fall. Andy Hines, a futurist and executive-in-residence at the University of Houston, is among keynote speakers headlining the NWCUA’s annual convention in Spokane.

Scam Alert: Credit Unions Urged to Warn Members about Bogus Disaster Relief Efforts

Northwest credit unions are being urged this week to warn their members about a wave of email scams that solicit the wiring of money to stranded victims in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Oregon Community, Unitus Community, Advantis Honored for Philanthropy

Oregon Community Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, and Unitus Community Credit Union all have been honored with the Portland Business Journal’s 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Awards, which recognize local companies that direct the most money to nonprofits.

Maps, Western Oregon University, and ‘BizKid$’ Partner to Prepare Teachers

A partnership between Maps Credit Union, Western Oregon University, and “Bizkid$” will better prepare teachers to help students grow their financial capabilities. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation reports on the unique program that could provide solutions for other credit unions hoping to partner with colleges and universities.

Joint Committee Issues Tax Report

With tax reform under the microscope in Congress, the Joint Committee on Taxation released a report this week examining exemptions and other reform ideas. Credit unions were mentioned 35 times, according to an analysis by CUNA.

Compliance Question of the Week

Are credit unions allowed to hold raffles?

Partner of Choice: Columbia Credit Union Committed to Community

Columbia Credit Union earned a 2012 CUNA Award for its commitment to “making life better.” In 2012, the credit union helped raise $2.9 million, contributed more than 1,250 volunteer hours and assisted 65 organizations in support of Clark County’s all-around recovery from the recession.

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.

Co-op Launches Mobile App to Log Volunteers’ Hours

Reward Volunteers is a free mobile app that allows volunteers to track their hours and earn rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve. Participation is free for all 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations.

Regulatory Advocacy Update

The NWCUA’s Regulatory Advocacy team works with state and federal regulators to help reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions and protect the credit union movement. Included here are updates about Carla Decker’s NCUA board nomination and recently-submitted NWCUA comment letters.

Oregon, Washington Foundations Signal Intent to Merge

After careful consideration, the Oregon Credit Union Foundation and the Washington Credit Union Foundation Boards of Directors have signed a letter of intent to merge.