Identity Theft: How to Avoid It, and What To Do If You Become a Victim

Recent data breaches at Target and other retailers have been in the news a lot, but identity theft can take many forms. Do your members know how to prevent identity theft? Do they know what to do if their personal or financial information is compromised? Check out these great strategies from CSCU – and pass them along to members now!

Dealing with FFIEC’s Social Media Guidance: Are Your Risk-Management Plans In Place?

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council recently outlined its expectations for adequately addressing social media risks – guidance that the NCUA, CFPB and state regulators are likely to follow. Justin Whitesides, an attorney for Farleigh Wada Witt, explains what credit unions need to do to comply.

Bankers Renew Call for Tax on Credit Unions; Fight Back on ‘Thank You Thursday!’

Credit unions are being urged to thank members of the House Ways & Means Committee for protecting the credit union tax exemption with a “Thank You Thursday” social-media campaign designed to combat a new wave of attacks from bank lobbyists.

National Consumer Protection Week: Know Your Rights, and Make Better-Informed Decisions

A coalition of federal agencies, state governments, consumer organizations and local consumer-protection authorities are shining a light this week on efforts to help consumers take full advantage of their rights and make better-informed decisions.

Couldn’t Make It to GAC? Join the Advocacy Effort with a ‘Don’t Tax Tuesday’ Tweet

CUNA and the Northwest Credit Union Association are urging credit union members and staff to tweet lawmakers today on the third “Don’t Tax Tuesday,” part of a nationwide grassroots effort designed to energize public support for credit unions’ tax-exempt status.

How to Build a Social Media Policy that Creates and Nurtures Community

Every credit union is different, but there are some basic elements that every financial institution should consider when creating – and maintaining – a social media policy.

Free Webinars to Help Build Social Media, Community Impact and Mobile Marketing Muscles

A great social media strategy is a must for any successful business, but that’s especially true for credit unions because connectivity is one of the experiences members most value. A series of free webinars is being offered to NWCUA members through Café Give, with the first scheduled for Jan. 16.

FFIEC Issues Final Guidance for Social Media Compliance

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released its final guidance on social-media usage by financial institutions. The guidance doesn’t differ too much from the original proposal released earlier this year, but it does provide some important clarifications.

CUNA Honors Unitus Community Credit Union for Community Service, Social Responsibility

Unitus Community Credit Union has been honored for its Money Quest Financial Challenge and its overall community involvement with two national awards from the Credit Union National Association. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award and Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Award will be presented in February at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference.

Why They Won: Credit Unions, Chapters Honored for Regional, National Efforts

Oregon and Washington credit unions and chapters take a home a pile of awards from the NWCUA’s Amplify Convention, cementing their leadership roles on regional and national stages.

NWCUA Adds Communications Evangelist to Spread the Credit Union Story

Gary M. Stein, a longtime a journalist and former Managing Editor for Custom Publications at The Oregonian in Portland, has joined the Northwest Credit Union Association as its member communications evangelist.

Are You Linked? Credit Unions Look to Human Resources for Social Media Policies

If a credit union isn’t connected, it’s disconnected, as members have access to all online, mobile and social media platforms. But Strategic Link Partner JMFA has some important reminders about standards and policies that credit unions must put in place to protect their security systems, reputations, employees, and members.

Credit Unions Urged to Tweet Senate Today for “Don’t Tax Tuesday”

The NWCUA and CUNA are calling all credit unions to blitz the US Senate with social media messages July 23—“Don’t Tax Tuesday.” Senators have until Friday to submit their tax reform proposals. A persistent and passionate credit union voice may secure credit union’s tax status.

Compliance Question of the Week

What is a representative payee?

Truth Speaks Website: Credit Unions are Good for Consumers

An NWCUA-sponsored public website will offer videos and impact studies to prove that the credit union tax structure is good for consumers. The Truth Speaks website will be fully populated later this week.

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Compliance Question of the Week

What is a Social Security Representative Payee Account, which members require one and how should the accounts be established?

Credit Union Members, Staff and Directors Asked to Tell Congress, “Don’t Tax My Credit Union”

Main Street members are being called to advocate for credit unions’ tax status as Congress examines all exemptions with the “blank sheet of paper” approach. A new website,, offers resources.

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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.