New Strategic Link Partner Taps Into America’s Love of Text Messaging to Help Credit Unions Connect with Members

A new Strategic Link partner, Zipwhip, can enable your credit union to use existing infrastructure to send and receive text messages.

Northwest Credit Union Association and Zipwhip Form New Strategic Link Partnership

A new Strategic Link partner, Zipwhip, can enable your credit union to use existing infrastructure to send and receive text messages.

Use CDA to Increase Giving and Boost Bottom Line

Your Strategic Link partner, CUNA Mutual Group, helps you learn more this week about how a CDA can help your credit union increase charitable donations and make those donations in the name of a board member.

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

Point West “drives hope” to local nonprofit; Trailhead gets CDFI certified; Inspirus supports housing-insecure kids in Tukwila; Solarity announces winner of 2016-17 community partner vote.

WSECU to Hold Community Shred and Share Day

The credit union is inviting anyone to take advantage of this free service, and will also collect donations for local community partners.

New betaSpace Partner SavvyIntel Helps Credit Unions Find the Gold in Their Data

With data becoming one of the biggest profit centers in American business, betaSpace is adding business intelligence and big data analysis firm SavvyIntel to its roster to help Northwest credit unions thrive.

Two Northwest Mergers Announced

Oregon Community Credit Union and Bi-Mart Federal Credit Union announced plans to merge this week, as did Central Washington University Federal Credit Union and WSECU. Both mergers are scheduled to take effect this summer.

Advantis CU is Founding Partner of New Professional Baseball Franchise

Advantis Credit Union has signed on as a “Founding Corporate Partner” of the Hillsboro Hops. The Hops, a professional baseball team, debut June 14, ending a nearly three-year dry spell of professional baseball in the Portland area.

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Four Reasons to Use Cause Marketing

For credit unions, giving back is part of doing business. Now more than ever, evidence shows that telling this story to consumers in the form of cause marketing pays off. CafeGive Social is a newer Strategic Link business partner giving credit unions templates, tools and online support to create cause marketing campaigns.

ICUL Service Corp Partners with CU Mobile Apps to Offer Affordable Mobile Solutions

ICUL Service Corporation, a Strategic Link business partner, will begin offering mobile banking solutions for credit unions through a recent partnership with CU Mobile Apps, a rapidly growing provider of progressive mobile technology.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

It has been 15 years since we upgraded our security system. Who does the NWCUA endorse for security surveillance products?

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.

Register Now to Become a Money Smart Week Partner

Money Smart Week, scheduled for April 21-28, is a campaign to help consumers better manage their personal finances through extensive collaboration across multiple sectors. Credit unions in Oregon and Washington should register as a partner by Feb. 1.

Repossessions: Never a Preference, Sometimes a Reality

Repo Remarketing writes about how outsourcing tough delinquencies can be a key to the overall success of a collections department.

Falling Credit Scores, Demographics Changing the Automarket

Autoland Solution’s president outlines how changing demographics are affecting the automarket and your credit union.

Association Partners With Autoland as Its Preferred Car-Buying Partner

The new partner will help credit union members purchase vehicles. Lunch & Learn sessions will be held throughout the region.

2011 MoneySmart Week Set

Jump$tart Washington is organizing the first Washington Money Smart Week Campaign, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. It begins April 25.