Seahawks Fans Bring Smiles, Supplies to Firefighters

In the midst of historic wildfires, NWCUA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships joined with other big-hearted Seahawks fans to deliver supplies and smiles to Washington firefighters.

Emerging Leaders Journal: Change and Growth Begin with Awareness

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Winner Liz Henderson says that, in order to grow as a leader, you first need to become aware of your own strengths and weaknesses.

Movement for LGBTQ Credit Union Accelerating

A small team in Seattle is working to found Equality Credit Union, a financial institution committed to the values and needs of the LGBTQ community.

Darigold Federal Credit Union Announces Plans to Merge Into Sound Credit Union

Darigold Federal Credit Union and Sound Credit Union announced today that they will merge later this year, pending regulatory approval and a vote by Darigold’s members. If approved, the consolidation would be the 15th merger for Sound in the past couple of decades.

Financial Reality Fair Gives Students a Real-World Look at Budgeting Options

Credit unions’ commitment to financial education played out in a live, interactive Financial Reality Fair during Credit Union Day at the Capitol last week. Students from River Ridge High School and a team of credit union volunteers impressed Washington legislators by demonstrating that students do have an appetite for financial education – and that credit unions are ready to provide it.

Mr. Metsger Goes to Washington: An Exclusive Interview with Rick Metsger, the NCUA’s Newest Board Member

New board member Rick Metsger says he’ll bring a Northwest perspective to the NCUA, along with a belief that “we can meet our regulatory responsibility while working to not unduly burden well-meaning credit unions.”

Metsger Tells Oregon Credit Unions: Maintain the Public’s Trust

Higher interest rates are coming, new NCUA board member Rick Metsger said during a swing through Oregon this week, and he urged credit unions to have plans in place now to manage risk and protect their reputation.

NCA Security & Technology Insight: The Unique Challenges of Controlling Java Exploits

Java has been a very hot topic for security managers this year due to a steady stream of 0-day Java vulnerabilities that have been disclosed, with many of them being exploited in the wild. NCA Security and Technology Insight tackles the issue this week.

Spokane Credit Union Uses New Brand to Create ‘Global Citizens’

When Global Credit Union publicly launched its new brand last month, it unveiled a new look and a new strategic vision that together embody the foundations of both the credit union itself and the broader credit union movement.

Verity’s Hayes Earns NWCUF’s Mark of Excellence Award

Bill Hayes, president and CEO of Verity Credit Union, is the 2012 recipient of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Mark of Excellence Award, honoring outstanding credit union professionals whose careers span at least 25 years.

BECU’s Efforts to Combat Fraud Earn National Praise and Inaccurate Media Reports

Proactive work combatting fraud and identity theft has often left BECU, the nation’s fourth-largest credit union, unfairly associated with such cases in the media.

Association Redistricting Plan Met with Overwhelming Approval

The NWCUA’s proposed redistricting plan was approved by a significant margin Monday. Diann Owen, co-chair of the Redistricting Task Force, said the main goal in the process was for every credit union to feel supported and well-represented.

Washington Credit Unions Exploring Prize-Linked Savings Opportunity

Prize-linked savings accounts have turned un-banked consumers into savers in Michigan. Some Washington credit unions are considering launching similar programs by taking advantage of legislation passed this year. The NWCUA will lobby for a similar law in Oregon next year.

Northwest Credit Unions’ MBL Programs Could Improve if Congress Raises Cap

With President Obama’s announcement that he will make job growth his next priority, the credit union movement is urging Congress to raise the cap on member business lending. Growth in credit union MBL programs remains on a slow trajectory with the sputtering economy.

Northwest Credit Union Association Formed

New trade group rolls out identity following board affirmation of member vote.