Cooperative Strategy


By Erik Payne | Feb. 12, 2018

Market conditions in Montana left a small community on the verge of being bankless. That’s when Vocal Credit Union spoke up.

By Jon Jeffreys | Jan. 23, 2018

The CEO of the world’s largest investment house says businesses must prove they’ve got more in mind than short-term plays.

By Erik Payne | Jan. 22, 2018

BECU’s financial reality fairs teach high schoolers about the challenges of adulthood.

By Jay Johnson | Jan. 18, 2018

Visits with management teams at six credit unions uncovered different riffs on the same theme: Now’s the time and we’re the people.

By Alexandra Gekas | Jan. 15, 2018

Callahan spotlights credit unions of all sizes that return the most value to members.

By Rebecca Wessler | Dec. 25, 2017

Credit unions share their best practices with all year. Here, Callahan’s staff writers share their selections for a handful of lesser-known pieces that are worth revisiting.

By Marc Rapport | Dec. 18, 2017

Credit unions offer holiday-based financial tips that focus on year-round financial wellness.

By Jon Jeffreys | Oct. 6, 2017

Reflections on what credit unions can do to build community and commitment — and re-create themselves along the way.

By Erik Payne | Sept. 28, 2017

Politics, advocacy, and impact rule the day at the Opportunity Finance Network’s 2017 conference.

By Jon Jeffreys | Aug. 9, 2017

An analysis of home values by ZIP code could topple the assumption that owning a home remains the best of investments.

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By Marc Rapport | Aug. 7, 2017

Pen Air’s marketing dashboard serves as a communication tool for upper management and offers speaking points on reasons to join the credit union.

By Marc Rapport | July 17, 2017

The Twin Cities financial cooperative used social media to entice members to call out good causes and made a lot of positive impressions in the process.

By Chip Filson | June 30, 2017

A look at one recent merger shows how information shared and withheld can influence the outcome: the disappearance of yet another credit union with a proud, long history.

By Marc Rapport | June 27, 2017

On display at ACUC: Resilience in the credit union movement, among members, and at the institutions themselves.

By Marc Rapport | June 26, 2017

CUNA's CEO issues a call for relevance while marketing guru Guy Kawasaki extols the “Art of Enchantment.”

By Marc Rapport | June 25, 2017

Financial cooperatives share diverse ways to work together as CUNA’s annual summer conference begins with the Small Credit Union Roundtable.

By Rebecca Wessler | April 19, 2017

Credit Union Strategy & Performance gets a facelift for 2017 and pushes a model for sharing credit union best practices to the next level.

By Marc Rapport | April 10, 2017

How financial services cooperatives are leveraging CDFI, NCUA, and NCUF grants to underwrite their expanding reach and impact.

By Erik Payne | April 10, 2017

How a loan consortium in La Crosse, WI, aims to rebuild downtown and keep college students in state.

By Sharon Simpson | March 20, 2017

When Keys FCU put itself into voluntary conservatorship in 2009, its leaders and staff knew rebuilding together was the only way to save the credit union.

By Sharon Simpson | March 20, 2017

When it comes to providing for members, Boston Firefighters Credit Union looks beyond the traditional safety and soundness issues covered by CAMEL scores and regulator examinations.

By Rebecca Wessler | March 13, 2017

Five can't-miss data points featured this week on

By Erik Payne | March 11, 2017

Redefining value and the future of fintech at SXSW.

By Chip Filson | March 8, 2017

Some mergers now appear to be little more than bank-like takeovers, without the transparency.

By Jay Johnson | March 2, 2017

Talk about action on technology, analytics, touchpoints, and the personal touch highlight the credit union industry’s largest gathering.

By Marc Rapport | Feb. 27, 2017

CDFI Roundtable at GAC focuses on performance, grant opportunities, and meeting the credit union mission.

By Chip Filson | Feb. 21, 2017

Merging the corporate credit union fund with the share insurance fund is an idea worth considering.

By Jon Jeffreys | Feb. 13, 2017

For many, thinking about the credit union as a whole is a brand-new experience.

By Mark Manicone | Feb. 1, 2017

Credit unions can benefit greatly from knowing the perspective of the millennial generation. Here's a guided tour into their mindset.

By Alix Patterson | Jan. 23, 2017

Too many credit unions support worthwhile causes that have nothing to do with their core mission.

By Jon Jeffreys | Jan. 23, 2017

A new approach to member service helps credit unions better understand the underlying needs of members and serve them more effectively.

By Chris Howard | Jan. 23, 2017

Only in a culture that celebrates process and smart risk-taking does true innovation take root.

By Jay Johnson | Jan. 23, 2017

The need for credit unions has perhaps never been greater for the average American household.

By Michelle Parker | Jan. 19, 2017

To better serve our fellow Americans, we must look closely at the “unbanking” phenomenon that is gripping our new middle class.

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It's Not Just A DC Road Race

By Credit Union Miracle Day | Jan. 9, 2017

The spotlight is on credit unions from coast to coast during the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, DC.

By Erik Payne | Jan. 4, 2017

Results from a recent TimeTrade survey shed light on the member experience.

By Marc Rapport | Dec. 19, 2016

Technology providers evaluate 2016 and look ahead to the coming year.

By Alexandra Gekas | Dec. 14, 2016

Callahan spotlights credit unions of all sizes that return the most value to members.

By Erik Payne | Nov. 14, 2016

Freedom First’s microloan program helps low-income members build credit and a nest egg.

By Callahan & Associates, Inc. | Oct. 21, 2016

Callahan & Associates and Carol Cross discuss Eastman's approach to performance management, the ins and outs of continuous performance management, and best practices to research and plan a program for any credit union.

By Liz Furman | Oct. 19, 2016

In honor of International Credit Union Day, Callahan spotlights credit unions of all sizes that return the most value to members.

By E.C. Harrison | Sept. 26, 2016

The marketing director of Affinity Plus FCU talks about micromanaging, leadership vulnerability, and onboarding new members after the Ditch Your Bank campaign.

By Erik Payne | Sept. 26, 2016

A checking account with risk-mitigating features keeps Langley FCU’s losses at just 7% of its income.

By Sharon Simpson | Sept. 26, 2016

Ardent Credit Union looks to a nearby university to offer advanced education to motivated employees.

By Kaufman & Canoles | Sept. 19, 2016

Legal fine points for credit unions interested in creating a charitable foundation.

By Rebecca Wessler | Sept. 6, 2016

Five data points from this week on

By Sharon Simpson | Sept. 4, 2016

How an Iowa credit union took employee appreciation to the next level.

By E.C. Harrison | Aug. 29, 2016

The vice president of human resources at SECU of Maryland shares insights on managing HR through organizational change, branch modernization, and shifts in brand and culture.

By Marc Rapport | Aug. 29, 2016

The New Mexico credit union puts community capital and cooperative principles to work.

By Erik Payne | Aug. 29, 2016

Seven core cultural beliefs at Vantage West Credit Union shapes a future of "deliberate success."

By Rebecca Wessler | Aug. 29, 2016

This week, profiles a new culture in Arizona, small dollar loans in New Mexico, and data insights nationwide.

By Marc Rapport | Aug. 22, 2016

Redstone Federal Credit Union combines risk and reward in its counseling-lending program and casts a wary eye at proposed CFPB changes in short-term loan regs.

By Sharon Simpson | Aug. 15, 2016

Eastman Credit Union's focus on continuous coaching and development allows employees to take charge of their own career.

By Liz Furman | Aug. 15, 2016

As strategic planning season rolls in, consider what metrics will showcase the credit union to members, the board, and the community.

By Erik Payne | Aug. 1, 2016

Arizona FCU puts a financial twist on “The Biggest Loser” with its “My Comeback” web series.

By Alix Patterson | July 19, 2016

PSCU Member Forum speakers offer lessons on listening to the front line and why to lead the process, not the content.

By Marc Rapport | July 18, 2016

In May 2016, industry maverick Jim Blaine announced his retirement from State Employees’ Credit Union. His successor, longtime SECU executive Mike Lord, was named soon after. In this ongoing series, details Blaine’s history with the credit union and the movement, how SECU arrived at a successor, and what’s next under Lord for the $30 billion institution.

By Erik Payne | July 7, 2016

The Arizona-based institution set up a hashtag to drive awareness and donations to the cause.

By Marc Rapport | June 30, 2016

Future shock, building a credit union blockchain, and a sustainable initiative to create credit union awareness were all topics at America’s Credit Union Conference.

By Marc Rapport | June 27, 2016

Small credit union roundtable kicks off ACUC with discussion on business and thought collaboration, and on the loss of intellectual capital.

By Marc Rapport | June 27, 2016

Chicago-area KCT Credit Union deepens relationships and cross-sells member-friendly products and services via regular debt checkups.

By Michelle Parker | May 18, 2016

Amid an industry trend of strong share growth, one credit union’s community partnership helps it stand out.

By Rebecca Wessler | May 16, 2016

This week, spotlights industry efforts to support innovation in the form of incubators, startups, CUSOs, and more.

By Erik Payne | May 16, 2016

ANECA’s $500,000 investment in a local startup competition encourages entrepreneurialism and drives money back into the Shreveport economy.

By E.C. Harrison | May 3, 2016

Eric Givens, senior director of digital banking at Arizona Federal Credit Union, talks technology and understanding what makes millennials tick.

By Sam Taft | April 19, 2016

Credit unions must continue to build diversified income streams that strike a balance between profit and purpose.

By Sharon Simpson | March 28, 2016

In the increasingly competitive world of consumer experience, delivering a good member experience isn’t good enough. At Orange County's Credit Union, the entire organization aligns to ease pain points.

By Erik Payne | March 28, 2016

For a credit union with nearly $14 billion in assets, BECU receives few complaints. Here are three of the institution’s best practices in resolving and managing complaints.

By Erik Payne | March 14, 2016

Deb Vollmer, vice president of branch services at Langley FCU, discusses the credit union’s new leadership structure, building a sales culture, and hiring best practices.

By Ted Goldwyn | March 7, 2016

The focus of Massachusetts-based DCU is squarely on streamlining the loan application process. Here are a few ways the credit union is leading the way in mortgage and consumer lending.

By Dahna Chandler | March 7, 2016

By turning a longstanding credit model on its head, BECU repriced $100 million in loans in 2015.

By Michelle Parker | March 1, 2016

A GAC roundtable informs credit unions of one strategy to better serve low-income members.

By Erik Payne | Feb. 17, 2016

Fourth quarter performance data showcases a milestone year, with growing momentum for credit unions and unprecedented value being generated among their membership.

By Marc Rapport | Feb. 15, 2016

The North Carolina credit union maintains a strong focus, broad reach, and internal control on social responsibility efforts.

By Erik Payne | Feb. 15, 2016

How a Massachusetts credit union urges its community to get out the vote to shed light on local nonprofits.

By Marc Rapport | Feb. 15, 2016

Redwood Credit Union arms its staff and volunteers with cold, hard cash and challenges them to spread warmth and kindness.

By Gabriel Meyr | Feb. 15, 2016

Credit unions with closed charters, community charters, or a little of both have fundamentally different DNA. These three articles illustrate how they succeed in different ways.

By Sam Taft | Feb. 15, 2016

Credit unions distributed more than $5 billion in member dividends in 2015. Which cooperatives lead the industry?

By Erik Payne | Feb. 8, 2016

Harvest FCU adds members through a family-focused referral program.

By Erik Payne | Jan. 20, 2016

Taking inspiration from popular culture and performance excellence training, this Alabama credit union has put together a living strategic plan for the next decade.

By Leigh Anne Terry | Jan. 20, 2016

Actions in and out of the office now spread faster and farther than ever before. Here’s how to make sure the court of public opinion rules in your favor.

By Erik Payne | Jan. 4, 2016

In this Q&A, the CEO of Listerhill Credit Union discusses how the Alabama institution searches for relevancy, speaks to Gen Z, and captures business at the point of purchase.

By Jay Johnson | Dec. 31, 2015

Good cooperative leaders aren’t just thinking about their financial performance in the next quarter or even the next 40 beyond that. Rather, they are expanding their focus to embrace external opportunities and new supporting roles within the community.

By Sharon Simpson | Nov. 23, 2015

Learn how four credit unions are making a major impact on their communities, from small everyday acts throughout the year to large-scale volunteer events.

By Ted Goldwyn | Nov. 23, 2015

How Dupaco’s individual development account and broader network of support helps those in need build a solid financial foundation.

By Rebecca Wessler | Nov. 23, 2015

As credit union leaders, members, and advocates pause and reflect during this season of thanks, shares a few examples of credit unions paying it forward and giving back.

By Erik Payne | Nov. 9, 2015

It’s taken more than a decade, but this Wisconsin credit union has fine-tuned its car-buying services to benefit members and increase its loan portfolio.

By Marc Rapport | Nov. 5, 2015

Credit union involvement seen as limited but experts say keep an eye on the bouncing ball nonetheless.

By Aaron Pugh | Nov. 4, 2015

What do mountains, frisbees, and barbecue competitions all have to do with credit unions?

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 28, 2015

Credit unions are exceeding goals and breaking records quarter after quarter. In such an ideal environment, why are some still looking for the next challenge?

By Sharon Simpson | Oct. 19, 2015

Why Lake Trust Credit Union ditched surveys and embraced open communication.

By Marc Rapport | Oct. 19, 2015

Atlanta credit union Georgia’s Own works across channels to better serve employees and — in turn — better serve members.

By Marc Rapport | Oct. 14, 2015

New Mexico’s Nusenda works to boost capital access and financial acumen; judges cite other nominees for digital small business banking that includes Uber-style service in Poland.

By Rebecca Wessler | Oct. 13, 2015

This week, looks at strategies to fund charitable causes, expand philanthropic missions, and support community causes.

By Erik Payne | Oct. 12, 2015

TopLine Federal Credit Union shares lessons learned and best practices for building a 501(c)(3) affiliate.

By Alix Patterson | Sept. 25, 2015

Pope Francis brought his message and his popularity to Washington, and this family was there to witness it.

By Erik Payne | Sept. 21, 2015

Workers’ Credit Union started its patronage dividend in 2013. In 2015, it wants to give back $3 million to its membership. Here’s how.

By E.C. Harrison | Sept. 17, 2015

Erin Mendez, CEO at Patelco Credit Union, describes how changing a culture requires tough decisions, collaborative work, and faith in those around you.

By Erik Payne | Aug. 19, 2015

Second quarter performance data showcases current and future areas of growth for credit unions, including loans, shares, and variety of income.

By Erik Payne | Aug. 10, 2015

How Interra FCU has benefited from bringing on strong candidates regardless of cooperative pedigree.

By Aaron Pugh | July 1, 2015

Greater Nevada Credit Union shows the future of the American West is still defined by a pioneering spirit.

By Aaron Pugh | July 1, 2015

The key to Greater Nevada’s success starts within its own walls, but it doesn’t end there.

By Erik Payne | June 29, 2015

First United Credit Union offers insight into how to maximize the benefits of shared staffing.

By Erik Payne | June 11, 2015

Raul Vasquez of Oportun and Ron Shevlin of Cornerstone Advisors present during Day 2 of the Emerge Forum

By Tim Mislansky | June 3, 2015

Zillow mortgage research shows that many small borrowers will pay 10% more for every dollar borrowed than a borrower with a $400,000 loan.

By Marc Rapport | May 25, 2015

Senior managers at the Atlanta credit union identify business opportunities and earn valuable staff face time through secondary, in-branch offices.

By Callahan & Associates, Inc. | May 20, 2015

Industrial Credit Union of Whatcom County shares an important lesson about how to generate excitement within a community.

By Callahan & Associates, Inc. | May 20, 2015

Industrial Credit Union of Whatcom County's senior vice president discusses how it's annual food drive has grown over the past 20 years.

By Callahan & Associates, Inc. | May 15, 2015

Learn how credit unions performed in first quarter 2015 and find new opportunities in today's encouraging economic environment.

By Sharon Simpson | May 5, 2015

Six small credit unions have projected more than $200,000 in compliance costs savings over the next two years with their new CUSO — and they say that’s just the beginning.

By Aaron Pugh | May 5, 2015

Presenters at the Financial Brand Forum explain why sharing shortfalls is just as important as touting strengths.

By The Rochdale Group, Inc. | May 4, 2015

Your risk management processes may be fine today, but are they sufficient to lead you tomorrow?

By Marc Rapport | April 30, 2015

The growth of the millennial immigrant population has handed the credit union movement a great opportunity and obligation.

By Aaron Pugh | April 25, 2015

In order to avoid another “bogus” adventure, credit unions must remember the immortal worlds of two 80’s airheads.

By Chris Howard | April 23, 2015

Legal battle and years of uncertainty could follow a final rule like this.

By Jay Johnson | April 22, 2015

In a sky full of glittering opportunities, maintaining the industry’s guiding principles becomes more crucial, not less.

By Aaron Pugh | April 20, 2015

BECU knows what goes around comes around. That’s why it’s emphasizing good planning over good fortune, strategy over scale, and the needs of the many over the demands of a few.

By Aaron Pugh | April 20, 2015

These tactical approaches to products, channels, vendor management, employee engagement, and compliance keep BECU moving forward year after year.

By CO-OP Financial Services | April 20, 2015

Are you really ready to help? Take on the Financial Empowerment Challenge.

By Erik Payne | April 19, 2015

Real comments from online review sites can help credit unions address dead zones in their application approval process, reduce the burden in employee reporting, and serve members whose schedules and preferences conflict with the institution’s service delivery strategy.

By Callahan & Associates | April 13, 2015

An industry-themed board game puts players in the driver's seat of a brand-new credit union.

By Aaron Pugh | April 13, 2015

With more than 7 million potential members to reach and nearly 887,000 current members to stay connected to, BECU isn’t just building a brand, it’s building a beacon.

By Marc Rapport | April 3, 2015

How an Alabama credit union built a double bottom line one non-traditional mortgage at a time.

By Chip Filson | March 26, 2015

Exercise your right and do the right thing for your members by commenting on the risk-based capital rule. It's your "vote." Make it count.

By Chip Filson | March 18, 2015

Ed Callahan passed away six years ago, yet his impact on the industry still resonates today.

By Andrew Bolton | March 3, 2015

How much money did credit unions lend in 2014? How much higher were the interest rates they offered on deposit products? How many workers did they employ? All that and more in this year's report.

By Mark Kretzschmar | March 2, 2015

A half-million members respond so far to North Carolina credit union’s offer of free credit scores. President digs it, too.

You can have a member-focused staff while increasing sales and growing fee-income opportunities through technology.

By Marc Rapport | March 2, 2015

California-based Travis Credit Union combines the credit union experience with cultural customs.

By Erik Payne | Feb. 25, 2015

Looking to make a larger community impact, Assemblies of God Credit Union has donated 10% of its yearly revenue to charity the past three years.

By Chris Howard | Feb. 24, 2015

Is it time to rethink how and what we measure, especially in the credit union world where “high performance” has a different meaning than in for-profit financial institutions?

By Jim Blaine | Feb. 12, 2015

Albert Einstein hailed the power of compounding interest. But that power works both ways, as payday lenders well know.

By Marc Rapport | Feb. 6, 2015

Credit union advocates react to Obama move with call to grab market share while serving up trusted financial resources.

By Randy Karnes | Feb. 5, 2015

A new era of transparent debate and both sides of the story will be good for us all!

By Aaron Pugh | Feb. 2, 2015

Merchant discounts helped this Oregon credit union turn its cards into a must-have shopping accessory for state consumers.

By Aaron Pugh | Feb. 2, 2015

A lower rate for in-state credit card purchases helps VSECU boost its product usage and gives members a grassroots outlet for activism.

By Jay Johnson | Jan. 22, 2015

A stronger economy, more reserved regulatory environment, and ever-growing public awareness are all good signs for credit union members and the nation in 2015.

By Aaron Pugh | Jan. 22, 2015

Don’t bemoan a streak of bad luck: harness it. Fate dealt these fledgling businesses a bad hand, but their mentalities carried them through to ultimate success.

By Rebecca Wessler | Jan. 20, 2015

Debra Vollmer, senior vice president at Langley Federal Credit Union, reflects on her leadership style, lessons learned during her career, and opportunities for the industry.

By Chip Filson | Jan. 20, 2015

NCUA is setting an anti-democratic precedent in its repeated efforts to keep private the legal opinions about its public regulatory authority. RBC is one example. The CUSO rule is another. Will there be more?

By Marc Rapport | Jan. 19, 2015

A review of practices that show how and why credit unions are boosting their visibility and viability.

By Credit Union Miracle Day | Jan. 12, 2015

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run promises to be bigger and better in 2015, but needs your support.

By Marc Rapport | Jan. 12, 2015

This California credit union grows deposits by focusing on checking account, and loan growth among members other financial institutions rebuff.

By Callahan & Associates | Jan. 5, 2015

Real comments from online review sites can help credit unions refine their employee development, defuse member conflicts, and understand how to become more than a business.

By Alix Patterson | Jan. 4, 2015

Credit unions need to recognize the power in their members' stories as a way to communicate the credit union difference.

By Alix Patterson | Dec. 28, 2014

How 11 credit unions partnered with universities, local non-profits, incubators, food cooperatives, and others to create a catalyst for growth and prosperity in their local communities.

By Aaron Pugh | Dec. 22, 2014

This year, let’s celebrate how we’re alike as well as how we’re different.

By Kathy BurdickTed Bilke | Dec. 9, 2014

Bankers entering the credit union workforce have a lot to learn — or relearn — about cooperatives, members, and the credit union difference.

By Kimberly Woollard | Dec. 8, 2014

Grow Financial Federal Credit Union learned several lessons during the decade it spent refining its culture and achieving its current level of employee engagement.

By Marc Rapport | Nov. 25, 2014

Millennials are not saving, but holiday spending is up.

By Aaron Pugh | Nov. 17, 2014

Honor Credit Union formed an independent executive team to build on the knowledge of merged staff members and succeed in a new market.

By Janet Lee | Nov. 14, 2014

Three questions to help credit unions build a winning brand.

By Aaron Pugh | Nov. 10, 2014

The Empire State credit union uses a Federal Home Loan Bank of New York program to increase homeownership among its low-income members.

By Erik Payne | Nov. 10, 2014

The Veterans Family Fund CD from America’s Credit Union offers best practices even for institutions without military field of memberships.

By Rebecca Wessler | Nov. 10, 2014

Credit unions across the U.S. have products and programs that help members achieve life goals, improve their finances, and make responsible decisions.

By Jay Johnson | Oct. 22, 2014

As credit unions grow, so does their role as community stewards.

By Marc Rapport | Oct. 20, 2014

Lessons from five credit unions on the benefits of grocery co-op partnerships.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 20, 2014

An employee exchange with a Brazilian credit union helped Amplify return to its Texas roots.

By Drew Grossman | Oct. 20, 2014

Over the past four summers, Community Financial has awarded nearly one-quarter of $1 million in $1,000 increments to member-chosen organizations.

By Drew Grossman | Oct. 15, 2014

Here’s a credit union with community outreach so strong, members want to get in on the giving.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 13, 2014

Incubators and other like-minded organizations help credit unions connect with entrepreneurs and new business.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 13, 2014

Credit unions can be a source of inspiration as well as financial services.

By Callahan & Associates | Oct. 6, 2014

Comments from online review sites help credit unions refine their benefits strategy, enhance their operational policies, and create an outstanding service culture.

By Jay Johnson | Sept. 24, 2014

New milestones remind the industry where it's been, but that all pales in comparison to where credit unions are going.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 16, 2014

Consumers prefer real interactions over corporate crosstalk and marketing malarkey.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 15, 2014

A nonprofit affiliate allows Santa Cruz Community to advance where larger institutions fall short.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 1, 2014

These best practices will ensure your next merger won’t be your last.

By Drew Grossman | Sept. 1, 2014

A three-way merger results in a new institution that all three cooperatives will help create.

By Drew Grossman | Aug. 28, 2014

Brad Katsuyama, the protagonist of Michael Lewis’ book on high-frequency trading, takes the long-view approach to his business; it’s a philosophy with which credit unions are quite familiar.

By Jay Johnson | Aug. 25, 2014

The proposed rule will not provide credit unions with more flexibility or additional tools to manage liquidity and interest rate risk.

By Sharon Simpson | Aug. 25, 2014

The ideas behind Wright-Patt Credit Union’s annual Savings Race have broader applications for every cooperative.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 15, 2014

Comments from online review sites can help credit unions refine their culture, technology, and operations.

By Chip Filson | Aug. 7, 2014

The credit unions on NCUA’s risk-based capital panel have an opportunity to make a difference for the cooperative system.

By Chip Filson | July 21, 2014

NCUA's listening session should be a wake-up call for credit unions. Why does the regulator want to follow an ineffective banking model when the cooperative approach has proven time and again to be superior?

By Callahan & Associates | July 15, 2014

Callahan's leadership team weighs in on what's happening around the industry.

By Aaron Pugh | July 14, 2014

Three ways credit unions can connect with one segment of overlooked, underserved business borrowers.

By Leigh Anne Terry | July 9, 2014

A look at the advantages and perils of having your brand tied to a visionary figurehead.

By Jennifer Davis | July 1, 2014

During the Great Depression, Boeing employees couldn’t afford the tools they needed to remain employed, so they formed a credit union.

By Jennifer Davis | July 1, 2014

With members who are either blood relatives or married to one, Our Family Social maintains a tradition that began more than 60 years ago.

By Drew Grossman | June 30, 2014

To beef up attendance, Summit Credit Union targeted young families.

By Erik Payne | June 30, 2014

One credit union addresses recurring problems with solution-oriented teams that include employees of different ranks.

By Erik Payne | June 27, 2014

How MECU embraced Baltimore's demographic challenges, increased its members' financial stability, and provided a beacon of hope where others fell short.

By Erik Payne | June 27, 2014

An award-winning cooperative shares its formula for making community service an integral part of the workplace.

By Rebecca Wessler | June 27, 2014

Hope Credit Union supports a healthy, holistic lifestyle down in the Delta.

By Leigh Anne Terry | June 25, 2014

Sometimes the best candidates for an open position are right in front of you.

By Sharon Simpson | June 23, 2014

Fostering communication across departments requires transparency, teamwork, and small groups of volunteers.

By Drew Grossman | June 23, 2014

Pen Air adopted the Ritz Carlton’s daily meeting to get employees excited about the credit union’s culture and goals.

By Leigh Anne Terry | June 23, 2014

At Suncoast Credit Union, concise competencies steer employees toward success.

By Amy Sink | June 23, 2014

A successful CEO shares guidance and best practices for tomorrow’s business leaders.

By Aaron Pugh | June 20, 2014

Here are three ways to stand out from the crowd and make a more meaningful impact.

By Drew Grossman | June 19, 2014

Credit unions take note: The team with a deep bench of players won the NBA Finals.

By Drew Grossman | June 11, 2014

The battle between Apple and Microsoft isn't just about two competing technologies, but also two competing philosophies, open versus closed.

By Rebecca Wessler | May 27, 2014

This week, offers inspiration on how to break free from the ties that bind.

By Alix Patterson | May 26, 2014

If necessity is the mother of invention, then limitation just might be the father of innovation.

By Linda Bodie | May 26, 2014

Being a small credit union hasn't stopped West Virginia-based Element FCU from developing solutions to better serve its members.

By Aaron Pugh | May 22, 2014

Data aggregation and a proactive culture are the two biggest tools a credit union has to safeguard itself from the risk of fair lending noncompliance.

By Chip Filson | May 15, 2014

RBC mandates a one-sided approach to financial soundness that requires credit unions to play only defense with no offense. No team wins that way.

By Chip Filson | May 15, 2014

The 2013 annual audit of the TCCUSF shows credit unions are due billions of dollars in refunds. Now is the time for a thorough review of NCUA’s stewardship.

By Drew Grossman | May 12, 2014

There are two stumbling blocks to attracting recent college grads — they lack certain skills and don’t yet realize they want to work at a credit union.

By Sharon Simpson | May 12, 2014

Youth advisory boards help financial institutions connect with a new demographic on its own terms.

By CU Student Choice | April 28, 2014

The Disney Institute’s approach to customer service is a fitting description for a credit union perspective on America’s mounting student loan debt.

By Brandon Michaels | April 22, 2014

Credit unions lead the financial services industry with strategies that embrace corporate social responsibility. Best of all, CSR isn’t just feel-good PR; it’s a proven benefit for an institution’s own employees.

By Erik Payne | April 21, 2014

How New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union is bringing long-term economic viability to the Albuquerque area.

By Andrew Bolton | April 21, 2014

Credit unions have posted slow but steady growth over the past 20 years, increasing their member relationships and deepening community ties over time.

By Drew Grossman | April 21, 2014

The community-conscious investment book Slow Money represents the local, holistic approach to finance that credit unions have lived since the birth of the modern credit union in 1852.

By Rebecca Wessler | April 21, 2014

A favorite childhood fable offers insight into the world of finance.

By Drew Grossman | April 11, 2014

Pearl Wicks talks about the services provided by the Hope Enterprise Corporation after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

By Drew Grossman | April 11, 2014

Richard Campbell talks about the goals of the credit union and the realities of serving a poor, underbanked population.

By Catherine Siskos | April 11, 2014

Introducing monthly dues was a risky move for Arizona Federal. Yet one year later, the credit union has a more engaged membership as a result.

By Jon Jeffreys | April 10, 2014

... and other reflections from a walk on a sunny spring day.

By Erik Payne | April 9, 2014

The ANATOMY series is a quarterly, multi-feature profile that explores the strategies and analyzes the performance of an exemplary credit union.

By Randy Karnes | April 8, 2014

NCUA chair Debbie Matz does not understand that in member-owner cooperatives, it is the consumer who decides what is relevant or not.

By Chris Howard | April 7, 2014

In the hands of skilled credit union underwriters, creative loan structures can help deserving buyers acquire affordable homes and achieve the American Dream.

By Callahan & Associates | April 3, 2014

Timeless words of wisdom for credit union leaders from one of the most remarkable leaders in our industry.

By Sharon Simpson | March 24, 2014

A Q&A with Scott Witherspoon, chief credit officer of Affinity Federal Credit Union.

By Aaron Pugh | March 24, 2014

Two credit unions show how institutional progress can enhance, not destroy, a cooperative identity.

By Sharon Simpson | March 20, 2014

Passion and purpose trump the benefits of being a bank.

By Jon Jeffreys | March 20, 2014

It’s time for credit unions to take a hard look at how they are communicating the value of their cooperative

By Chip Filson | Feb. 27, 2014

NCUA's proposed rule not only presents an unbalanced portrait of the home-based credit union today but also overrides the right of a credit union to choose a different design and purpose.

By Chip Filson | Feb. 27, 2014

Anecdotes and comments about NCUA home-based credit union rule demonstrate the power of the cooperative model.

By Aaron Pugh | Feb. 5, 2014

Take an in-depth look at Hope Credit Union's success with low-income communities.

By Scott Patterson | Feb. 1, 2014

As credit union services and solutions become increasingly tech-focused, you need the right people helping to make the best business decisions.

By Drew Grossman | Jan. 28, 2014

Barbara Winstead explains the responsibilities of the human resources and employee development department at Heritage Federal. She also talks about the changes she's seen during her time with the credit union.

By Drew Grossman | Jan. 27, 2014

How credit unions can compete and still remain true to the cooperative model of the credit union industry.

By Sharon Simpson | Jan. 27, 2014

Sharing operations is a breakthrough model for large and small credit unions alike.

By Brandon Michaels | Jan. 24, 2014

The community benefits when young adults learn about common financial concepts; credit union team members can present economic education lessons through classes, workshops, contests, and events.

By Erik Payne | Jan. 22, 2014

Neighbors Credit Union gives thanks to long-standing members with its annual Main Street Club holiday party.

By Rebecca Wessler | Jan. 21, 2014

Compliance is on everyone’s mind in 2014, but credit unions are discovering ways to ease the burden and support one another.

By Erik Payne | Jan. 17, 2014

What can credit unions learn about talent management from the appointment of Burberry’s new CEO?

By Callahan & Associates | Jan. 16, 2014

John Janclaes, chief executive at Partners Credit Union, speaks with Callahan & Associates in our newest webinar to discuss how he develops future leaders inside the credit union.

By Catherine Siskos | Jan. 13, 2014

Credit unions can finally settle the tax exemption issue by rallying the base or striking a bargain.

By Alix Patterson | Jan. 13, 2014

It’s natural to be complacent when things are going well, yet that’s the perfect time to re-imagine your future.

By Mary Beth Wilcher | Jan. 13, 2014

Erie FCU is upgrading its relationship-building efforts and empowering its leadership team members to make their own decisions.

By Brandon Michaels | Dec. 17, 2013

A proper corporate social responsibility platform creates a win/win/win situation for the credit union, its members, and the community.

By Brandon Michaels | Dec. 16, 2013

A properly designed CSR platform creates a win/win/win situation for the credit union, its members, and the community.

Partner Perspective
10 Miles For A Great Cause

By Credit Union Miracle Day | Dec. 9, 2013

Miracle Day races offer the chance to showcase the credit union philosophy in action while raising awareness of credit unions and their services with the general public.

By Callahan & Associates | Dec. 9, 2013

NCUA’s November board actions and subsequent commentaries represent a lack of meaningful interaction between regulators and credit unions.

By Chip Filson | Dec. 6, 2013

NCUA’s November board actions and subsequent commentaries represent a lack of meaningful interaction between regulators and credit unions.

By Heather Moshier | Dec. 2, 2013

A standardized set of specifications for the credit union industry will make product and service integration easier and less expensive.

By Leigh Anne Terry | Nov. 25, 2013

During a Thanksgiving food drive, a grocery store manager looks beyond bureaucracy to do the right thing.

By Drew Grossman | Nov. 19, 2013

Richard Cordray attended POLITICO’s November Morning Money Breakfast and spoke about new CFPB regulations and the goals of the bureau going forward.

By Rebecca Wessler | Nov. 15, 2013

Author Malcolm Gladwell offers three insights on innovation gleaned from the storied career of the British-American rock band.

By Drew Grossman | Oct. 29, 2013

Seeman talks about income, tight margins, and how to remain competitive in a low interest rate environment.

By Chip Filson | Oct. 21, 2013

The standoff over government funding and debt ceiling is a warning for a credit union system that depends on outside liquidity providers.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 4, 2013

As the nation waits for lawmakers to remedy their political stalemate, credit unions are helping members make the most of a bad situation.

By Erik Payne | Sept. 30, 2013

How Orange County’s Credit Union lives its promise to be “with you all the way.”

By Alix Patterson | Sept. 23, 2013

Industries across the globe, including financial cooperatives, are making good use of mob mentality.

By Alogent | Sept. 9, 2013

Bringing financial services to individuals in need is not only a growth opportunity; it is a social imperative confronting credit unions.

By Jennifer Davis | Sept. 9, 2013

In just four steps, credit unions can foster relationships with future members through content marketing.

By Drew Grossman | Aug. 28, 2013

On the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington we acknowledge all we have achieved, but bare in mind the many hardships we still face.

By Erik Payne | Aug. 22, 2013

Why workers are unproductive and what credit unions can do to boost employee productivity.

By Drew Grossman | Aug. 21, 2013

A mistaken home foreclosure in Florida illustrates the importance of doing right by your borrowers and conducting tough transactions with tact and attention.

By Drew Grossman | Aug. 19, 2013

Greater Abbeville FCU steps up to ease financial pain when members unexpectedly lose their jobs.

By Drew Grossman | Aug. 19, 2013

For Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, government furloughs are not unlike natural disasters.

By Rebecca Wessler | Aug. 19, 2013

NorthCountry FCU makes a meaningful difference in a northern Vermont community.

By Rebecca Wessler | Aug. 19, 2013

Hope Federal Credit Union moves into unbanked markets to provide products and services to communities in need.

By Drew Grossman | Aug. 12, 2013

Travis Credit Union’s volunteer training program develops ambassadors and primes members for leadership roles.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 12, 2013

A by-the-numbers look at the benefits and drawbacks of term limits for board members.

By Sharon Simpson | Aug. 12, 2013

Recognition and appreciation helps a credit union attract responsible, committed directors.

By Jennifer Davis | Aug. 9, 2013

By building a business model around helping others, TOMS sets an example for cooperatives to follow.

By Sean Hession | Aug. 7, 2013

Unlocking your board’s full potential is a complex undertaking. Without board confidence, no governance model will be successful.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 2, 2013

Second-chance products and services rose in popularity during the recession, but new data shows why they deserve a more permanent place in your roster.

The credit union movement demonstrates its commitment to charitable giving in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

By Drew Grossman | July 15, 2013

Manatee Community uses a stair-step loan strategy to help members establish a relationship with a financial institution, build savings, build credit, and apply for unsecured funds.

By Catherine Siskos | July 15, 2013

The entire staff at Neighbors FCU takes ownership of strategic planning, but the credit union must respect that ownership by directly addressing discontent over chosen initiatives.

By Drew Grossman | July 1, 2013

Northwest Community Credit Union is moving its headquarters to downtown Eugene, OR, in hopes it will help revitalize an under-utilized area.

By Alix Patterson | July 1, 2013

Give employees the knowledge they need to think and act like the business partners they are.

By Catherine Siskos | June 24, 2013

An annual competition for families to improve their finances boosts one credit union’s business and its standing in the community.

By Drew Grossman | June 24, 2013

An externship program at TopLine Federal Credit Union teaches students and educators about the essential skills needed to excel in business.

By Aaron Pugh | June 24, 2013

There’s no secret code to control members’ actions, but gamification can still help credit unions encourage financially sound behavior.

By Drew Grossman | June 24, 2013

McGraw-Hill FCU is providing comprehensive, goals-driven financial planning and advisory services for members who need more than the basics.

By Jay Johnson | June 17, 2013

Changing market dynamics mean that credit unions have to redouble their efforts to secure their position as members’ go-to financial provider.

By Rebecca Wessler | June 17, 2013

State Employees’ Credit Union takes lending decisions out of the hands of automated systems and puts them into the hands of individual financial service officers.

By Chip Filson | June 10, 2013

Co-Ops for Change is crowd-sourcing data on each corporate credit union’s portfolio that was taken to collateralize the NCUA Guaranteed Notes (NGN).

By Drew Grossman | June 10, 2013

A foundation created by Community Choice Credit Union encourages local high school students to attend college in Michigan and give back to their communities even after graduation.

By Drew Grossman | June 10, 2013

St. Louis Community Credit Union collaborates with an area bank to create community-focused programs that benefit the city.

By Drew Grossman | June 10, 2013

Credit unions have much to learn from the online retail giant that is building an entire community around its headquarters in downtown Las Vegas.

By Drew Grossman | June 10, 2013

Northwest Community Credit Union is moving its headquarters to downtown Eugene, OR, in the hopes it will help revitalize an under-utilized area.

By Drew Grossman | June 10, 2013

GTE Financial struggled alongside its neighbors during the Great Recession. Now, a renewed focus on community engagement is strengthening all parties.

By Aaron Pugh | June 6, 2013

Third-party start-ups have made investing easier than ever before. But when it comes to the trust and education needed to coax small-scale investors back into the market, credit unions still have the edge.

By Alix Patterson | May 28, 2013

Credit unions need to evaluate financial performance results using not-for-profit parameters and a cooperative lens.

By Aaron Pugh | May 21, 2013

Economic turbulence had an entire Florida community singing the blues, but the reinvigoration of a cooperative cornerstone changed the outlook.

By Member Loyalty Group LLC | May 20, 2013

Learn what your credit union can do to rebound and preserve member loyalty before, during, and after a strategic transition.

Partner Perspective
5 Reasons To Rediscover HARP

By Fannie Mae | May 6, 2013

With a two-year program extension and a wealth of new resources at their fingertips, credit unions can continue to successfully meet borrowers' needs through HARP.

By Drew Grossman | May 1, 2013

The nationally-syndicated Washington Post writer recently sat down with Callahan & Associates to discuss credit unions, personal finance, and reaching underserved populations.

By Aaron Pugh | April 29, 2013

Innovation specialists help employees, departments, and the institution identify opportunity and reach new horizons.

By Alix Patterson | April 29, 2013

Next Generation Credit Unions embrace the idea that just plain good is never good enough.

By Mark Reed | April 24, 2013

How can you help members make wise use of their tax refund?

By Drew Grossman | April 15, 2013

After evaluating the quality of service, Educators Credit Union ramped up the experiences of its newest members.

By Jay Johnson | April 15, 2013

Credit unions ended 2012 with record results across a range of measures.

By Yun Ma | April 15, 2013

As the economy recovers, any extra effort credit unions make to reward their members will help those relationships better stand the test of time.

By Drew Grossman | April 15, 2013

Credit unions use informal networks to share best practices and resources to better serve their members.

By Aaron Pugh | April 10, 2013

Maps Credit Union is an innovation goldmine in an Oregon valley.

By Yun Ma | April 5, 2013

A business professor’s study shows the benefits of illustrating cause and effect.

By Drew Grossman | April 4, 2013

A new initiative from the Obama administration may help drive better opportunities for first-time homebuyers and those without high credit scores.

By EPL, Inc. | April 1, 2013

Health care access and options are changing. Will your members be ready?

By Drew Grossman | March 20, 2013

As the first major Co-Ops 4 Change initiative winds down, support for the movement is taking off.

By Alix Patterson | March 18, 2013

I’m number 3. We need 100,000. Why are we only 1% of the way there?

By CU Student Choice | March 18, 2013

National data provides a reality check regarding the perceived direness of the student loan environment.

By Paul Stull | March 8, 2013

Just a quick update on our progress here at Arizona State Credit Union.

By Alix Patterson | March 8, 2013

I’m not naïve to think this is going to be easy. But I’m also not going to let people count us out until we put up the good fight.

I'm #409

By Bill Burke | March 7, 2013

Having a background and deep understanding of cooperative principles is a very desirable attribute of any incoming NCUA Board member.

I'm #1501

By Jerry Liudahl | March 6, 2013

The future direction of the credit union movement depends on having regulatory leadership which understands both the industry and the cooperative principals by which we operate.

By Alix Patterson | March 5, 2013

I’m number 3. We need 100,000. Why are we only 1% of the way there?

I'm #475

By Dave Doss | March 5, 2013

I have a great working relationship with NCUA but I think our industry is being confronted with the need to transform itself.

By Autoland, Inc. | March 5, 2013

Expanding liquidity and the low cost of funds is driving auto finance competition from traditional lenders.

By Chip Filson | Feb. 28, 2013

Now is the time for credit unions to ask critical questions about the soundness of the cooperative system.

By Melissa Forsyth | Feb. 27, 2013

Jay Murray, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU, shares his ideas for regulation reform at the annual Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, DC.

By Callahan & Associates | Feb. 26, 2013

Chip Filson, Chairman of Callahan & Associates, announced Monday a major initiative: A New Vision for Cooperative Regulatory Leadership for the 21st Century.

By Melissa Forsyth | Feb. 26, 2013

Chip Filson, Chairman of Callahan & Associates, shares his petition drive to change the way Washington selects NCUA Board members.

By Drew Grossman | Feb. 21, 2013

What does the president’s cabinet nomination of the CEO of a cooperative mean for credit unions?

Partner Perspective
4 Reasons To Use Cause Marketing

By CafeGive | Feb. 18, 2013

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.

By Callahan & Associates | Feb. 18, 2013

Credit unions demonstrate cooperative values and the spirit of volunteerism on race day.

By Chip Filson | Feb. 18, 2013

To promote the continuous evolution of the credit union charter and its multifaceted contributions to the country’s economic progress, a new cooperative regulatory structure is needed.

By Chip Filson | Feb. 18, 2013

Credit unions themselves need to spearhead NCUA reform. Here are the reasons.

By Chip Filson | Feb. 18, 2013

At the heart of credit unions is a new organizational model based in cooperative design. It should also be at the core of the regulatory system. A radical overhaul is called for.

Partner Perspective
Making Sense Of Student Lending

By CU Student Choice | Feb. 11, 2013

A recent report reveals important gaps between federal and private student loan growth and performance.

By Aaron Pugh | Jan. 24, 2013

Famous faces may endorse alternative financial products, but it doesn’t cover up the fact that consumers have better options.

By Melissa Forsyth | Jan. 22, 2013

Start the New Year with goals to gain exposure by helping your community.

By Yun Ma | Jan. 17, 2013

A Millennial examines three credit union options and discusses what she likes (and doesn’t like)

Partner Perspective
Looking For A Few Good States

By Credit Union Miracle Day | Jan. 14, 2013

CUMD's vision for a family of races becomes reality.

By Leigh Anne Terry | Jan. 14, 2013

Lessons from a snack company that became a leader in the organic, progressive food movement by defining success as more than a monetary bottom line.

By Rhonda Kleinecke | Jan. 14, 2013

Credit unions must know how to communicate with stakeholders before, during, and after a disaster.

By Catherine Siskos | Jan. 7, 2013

Credit unions hold their own in rankings of best places to work by rewarding and recognizing employees.

By Aaron Pugh | Dec. 31, 2012

Element Federal has lessons for all credit unions when it comes to innovation.

By Jay Johnson | Dec. 20, 2012

Jay Johnson dons his running shoes for a 26.2-mile fundraiser in support of Boston Children’s Hospital.

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Dec. 17, 2012

BECU publishes a short financial annual report as well as an extensive sustainability report that describes what the credit union does for staff, the community, and the environment.

By Alix Patterson | Dec. 17, 2012

The most effective annual reports energize readers by demonstrating the impact your credit union has on all stakeholders.

By Aaron Pugh | Dec. 14, 2012

Follow these four steps to increase member feedback and participation.

By Yun Ma | Dec. 13, 2012

A new-to-the-area Millennial asks for help in evaluating which potential credit union would be the best fit for her membership.

By Aaron Pugh | Dec. 10, 2012

Compounding loan rate reductions help members damaged by economic circumstances.

By Elizabeth Morash | Nov. 30, 2012

Credit union insights can help members survive the holidays and start 2013 off right.

By Alix Patterson | Nov. 27, 2012

A new movement represents a return to traditional holiday principles and aims to increase holiday spending on charitable causes.

By Aaron Pugh | Nov. 26, 2012

In the midst of the biggest shopping season of the year, credit unions are finding new ways to give back in their communities.

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Nov. 19, 2012

University Federal Credit Union is a mover and shaker in Central Texas.

By Callahan's Executive Team | Nov. 19, 2012

Only credit unions can do what they do for communities; let’s get to work and spread the word.

By Leigh Anne Terry | Nov. 12, 2012

The tactics used to solve the growing problem of food deserts across America are applicable to the goal of ending the nation’s financial services deserts.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 30, 2012

Credit unions have an opportunity to help their communities bounce back from Hurricane Sandy.

By Rebecca McClay | Oct. 29, 2012

Job fairs, management training programs, and loan relief benefit local employment rates.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 26, 2012

The loss of CEOs, C-level executives, board members, and other key individuals can pose a challenge to overcome.

By Callahan's Executive Team | Oct. 25, 2012

The country is pulling out of the crisis, and credit unions are thriving. Now where do we go from here?

By Rebecca Wessler | Oct. 23, 2012

Over the past few years credit unions buckled down, made loans, and took care of members. Now they have the momentum to further propel the industry into a new era.

By CU Student Choice | Oct. 16, 2012

Cut through the politics to get a real perspective on student lending.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 15, 2012

Park Community demonstrates the value of strategically exiting a region, but only after leaving membership in good hands.

By Rebecca McClay | Oct. 15, 2012

Credit unions are triggering local economic rebounds in housing, employment, and small businesses.

By David Birky | Oct. 15, 2012

A rebranding effort has to be driven by values, so find out what similarities make the credit unions stand out in their communities.

By Michelle Silveria | Oct. 15, 2012

The need for member connection is vital, so any changes should complement the credit union’s brand and mission.

By Pier Alsup | Oct. 15, 2012

Concentrate on four key merger elements that take into account all stakeholders.

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Oct. 15, 2012

A Midwestern credit union needs to appeal to a growing community membership but doesn’t want to alienate its long-time SEGs that represent the heart of the institution.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 2, 2012

Whether they come from credit union leaders or members, stories are what differentiate great brands.

By Jim Regan | Oct. 1, 2012

Regardless of charter type, it's product and services that drive long-term success.

By Juli Anne Callis | Oct. 1, 2012

A switch to a tip charter could recast Blue Lakes as an educator's credit union.

By Wayne Vann | Oct. 1, 2012

If Blue Lakes really wants growth, it should let go of the idea of growing by SEGs.

By Aaron Pugh | Oct. 1, 2012

Michigan State University FCU invests in entrepreneurs to retain young membership and jump-start community businesses.

By Rebecca McClay | Oct. 1, 2012

Tony Alessandra, a personal interactions expert, offers several secrets to treating members how they want to be treated.

By Brandy Logan | Sept. 28, 2012

Branching into an undeserved area is a conservative approach that would allow Blue Lakes to serve its current SEGs with the strong relationship it has built over decades.

Charter Change?

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Sept. 28, 2012

Blue Lakes FCU needs to change its strategy to achieve better wallet share and member engagement. Its CEO thinks a shake-up in its field of membership will do the trick.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 28, 2012

Credit unions must balance good judgment with calculated risk to stay relevant.

By Callahan's Executive Team | Sept. 25, 2012

Looking for a way to liven up your credit union, membership, and community? Look no further than these seven principles.

By CU*Answers | Sept. 24, 2012

To strengthen the credit union marketplace, institutions have to walk the talk.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 21, 2012

The financial system is ripe for enhanced cooperation between leagues, CUSOs, credit unions, and talented individuals.

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Sept. 19, 2012

How the cooperative principles guide the governance of a non-profit based in Washington state. A Q&A with Anne-Marie La Porte, Director of Governance Services, Group Health Cooperative.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 17, 2012

How three separate, well-performing Ohio credit unions identified an opportunity to grow collectively, while keeping their local identities intact.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 17, 2012

Latino Community helps young immigrants cover the cost of deferred action applications and generates loan activity in underserved markets.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 17, 2012

Governance models from outside the credit union system, and outside the country, can influence stateside principles and practices.

By Aaron Pugh | Sept. 17, 2012

Sharing resources and leadership among separate credit unions and brand-aware merger partners creates scale without isolating a localized membership base.

By Ron Daly | Sept. 17, 2012

How most providers handle online storage presents an opportunity for credit unions to offer a needed and sticky service — a place for members’ business and personal papers.

By Rebecca Wessler | Sept. 14, 2012

Spokane Media Federal Credit Union demonstrates how credit unions collaborate and support one another, even when they are competing.

By Rebecca Wessler | Sept. 14, 2012

Spokane Teachers Credit Union serves many members under one guiding principle.

By Callahan & Associates | Sept. 10, 2012

The ability to create shared member value differentiates credit unions from other financial services providers.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 31, 2012

It’s a scary little idea with a lot of potential. And your boss might hate it.

By Bailey Reutzel | Aug. 26, 2012

Cooperative Trek Day 6 and 7: Vermont State Employees CU offers green products to its outdoorsy members, while Holy Rosary CU leverages its 50th Anniversary.

By Bailey Reutzel | Aug. 26, 2012

With the help of other financial institutions, Stepping Stones Community FCU is succeeding in serving the underserved.

By Callahan's Executive Team | Aug. 25, 2012

A credit union charter could save Bank of America customers billions of dollars annually. That’s a non-government stimulus waiting to happen.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 20, 2012

Credit unions that aren’t active in student lending can assist students in other ways.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 7, 2012

Australia’s oddly named bank switching legislation highlights a growing demand for easier swaps between financial institutions.

By Aaron Pugh | Aug. 6, 2012

Some credit unions outsource compliance expertise while others invest in their own staff to manage growing regulatory pressures.

By Rebecca Wessler | Aug. 6, 2012

Pentagon FCU and SECU of North Carolina work with regulators to create transparent, member-friendly documents.

By Bailey Reutzel | July 27, 2012

Credit unions' most important principle – cooperation – has dramatically shaped our world.

By Jim Blaine | July 19, 2012

An innocent-sounding mountain hike offers unexpected lessons in surmounting challenges.

By Bailey Reutzel | July 3, 2012

The traits that coincide with the U.S. Founding Fathers – courage, conviction, and perseverance – also describe credit unions.

By Bailey Reutzel | July 2, 2012

TruMark Financial Credit Union offers open communication, incentives, and career training to create a positive workplace.

By | July 1, 2012

An analysis of credit card portfolio profitability profiles.

By Bailey Reutzel | June 25, 2012

Saving members money through refinance challenges has become a trackable industry trend that grows loan portfolios.

By Aaron Pugh | June 25, 2012

Credit unions have a full range of options to better connect with their communities.

By Bailey Reutzel | June 14, 2012

A credit union can diversify its board and strengthen its institution by marketing the position correctly.

By Bailey Reutzel | May 28, 2012

Credit unions can provide encouragement and financial support for active duty, retired, and disabled military servicemen.

By Bailey Reutzel | May 21, 2012

Educators Credit Union is now aiming to help members save $30 million in 2012 after exceeding its $20 million goal.

By Melissa Forsyth | May 15, 2012

Protestors at a Bank of America branch in DC say they’re advocating for credit unions for myriad reasons.

By Melissa Forsyth | May 15, 2012

Protestors at a Bank of America branch in DC say they’re advocating for credit unions for myriad reasons.

By Rebecca McClay | May 15, 2012

As Facebook prepares for its IPO this week, credit unions can be grateful they’re not driven by stockholder satisfaction.

By Brad Miller | May 14, 2012

Blockbuster hit “Moneyball” offers several lessons in the value of flexible strategies.

By Melissa Forsyth | May 5, 2012

Veridian Credit Union cultivates a welcoming atmosphere known as the "Veridian Experience."

By Melissa Forsyth | May 2, 2012

Iowa’s Veridian Credit Union cultivates a welcoming atmosphere they call the "Veridian Experience."

By Aaron Pugh | May 2, 2012

Can more flexibility in management styles and employee responsibilities benefit credit unions?

By Bailey Reutzel | May 1, 2012

In a world that is rapidly becoming more globalized, credit unions can show they value the community by opening to global neighbors.

By Rebecca Wessler | April 30, 2012

Credit unions are stepping in to provide financial services in areas where none exist.

By Rebecca McClay | April 30, 2012

As a new generation enters the workforce, credit unions may have to adjust their workplace culture toward a more engaging environment.

By Bailey Reutzel | April 25, 2012

Credit unions can find inspiration for creating revolutionary financial products in unusual places.

By Bailey Reutzel | April 23, 2012

Credit unions are turning area residents into local celebrities by using them in radio, television, and print ads.

By Bailey Reutzel | April 23, 2012

SIU Credit Union and A+ Federal Credit Union are among the credit unions teaching children to save at an early age.

By Rebecca Wessler | April 23, 2012

As newspapers erect pay walls to content, their readers’ responses could offer insight into how credit unions can set their own prices.

By Jim Blaine | April 19, 2012

Jim Blaine’s lessons from the front-line of roller coaster riding.

By Aaron Pugh | April 19, 2012

Look outside the credit union industry for dynamic marketing strategies.

By Bailey Reutzel | April 18, 2012

The cooperative values are reflected in the World Bank and IMF as countries collectively help one another improve their economies.

By Aaron Pugh | April 16, 2012

A Southwestern credit union’s long-term wellness program revitalizes employees and contributes dollars to the balance sheet.

By Bailey Reutzel | April 12, 2012

Credit unions can use this event-aggregating forum as a template for organizing financial services and turning community camaraderie into economic growth. 

By Rebecca Wessler | April 5, 2012

Retailers are reducing their labor forces but that doesn’t mean credit unions should follow suit.

By Aaron Pugh | April 3, 2012

Some retailers are giving up on youth targeted business models. Credit unions can learn from their mistakes.

By Elizabeth Morash | March 29, 2012

Through their blogs, industry commentators are pushing credit unions to improve communication at every point of contact with members.

By Bailey Reutzel | March 27, 2012

Canadian credit unions, with a slightly different model than U.S. credit unions, are noting similar financial successes.

By Alix Patterson | March 22, 2012

How credit unions can win the hearts and minds of members, communities, and – particularly important this week – our nation’s legislators.

By Rebecca McClay | March 21, 2012

Reach out to other credit unions in times of distress. They’ll respond to your call for help.

By Rebecca McClay | March 21, 2012

Reach out to other credit unions in times of distress. They’ll respond to your call for help.

By Aaron Pugh | March 20, 2012

Credit unions assist vulnerable segments of any demographic, including high-income individuals.

By Alix Patterson | March 15, 2012

In the battle for retail banking services, optimize transparency to secure more trust with members.

By Jim Blaine | March 14, 2012

A hang gliding anecdote from Jim Blaine, CEO of State Employees Credit Union, offers insight into what it takes for a credit union to truly take off.

By Rebecca McClay | March 13, 2012

About 92% of young adults believe a company’s success should be measured on more than just profit, a recent study finds.

Partner Perspective
If You Build It, Will They Come?

By CU*Answers | March 12, 2012

Rewarding early contributors in online communities drives a culture of innovation.

By Kelley Blue Book | March 5, 2012

Once upon a time, auto financing was easy. With the right approach and the right information, it can be again.

By Callahan & Associates | March 1, 2012

Builder of WesCorp and 30-year Marine Dick Johnson reflects on what it takes to sustain an organization over the long term.

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Feb. 27, 2012

SACU’s former CEO built relationships with its leaders that last long after they move on.

By Rebecca Wessler | Feb. 22, 2012

Look to Veridian for a standout example of leadership and engagement.

Let Freedom Run

By Callahan & Associates | Feb. 20, 2012

Defense-related cooperatives are a key ally in Credit Union Miracle Day Freedom Runs.

By Aaron Pugh | Feb. 15, 2012

This month, honor the contributions of African Americans to our nation, our communities, and the cooperative financial institutions that support them.

By Rebecca McClay | Feb. 14, 2012

Everyday is Valentine's Day for these romantically named credit unions.

By Aaron Pugh | Feb. 7, 2012

Some underserved consumers feel doomed to rent forever. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

By Callahan & Associates | Feb. 1, 2012

University FCU in Austin has very consciously turned outward to help and promote the metropolitan area. Its work builds both the city and the credit union.

By Ed Gattis | Jan. 31, 2012

Even the small rat has a large need to cooperate with other rats for mutual benefit.

By Aaron Pugh | Jan. 30, 2012

A 2012 IRS budget shortfall means tax season may be difficult for consumers to navigate. Cooperatives are ready to help plot a cost-effective course.

By CU Student Choice | Jan. 30, 2012

The State of the Union address hints to the future of higher education and student lending.

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Jan. 25, 2012

Local Government Federal Credit Union makes its dedication to cooperative principles known in the marketplace.

By Aaron Pugh | Jan. 23, 2012

Hosting artistic events helps one credit union celebrate a community’s identity while solidifying its own.

By Media Staff | Jan. 19, 2012

Remember why you’re here, says Brad Roteman, vice president of member services for Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union.

By Lending Solutions, Inc. (LSI) | Jan. 16, 2012

A timely follow-up call to members after they’ve applied can make all the difference.

By Chip Filson | Jan. 5, 2012

Five questions to help credit unions think about how they will embrace the promise and challenge.

By Aaron Pugh | Jan. 1, 2012

Small-scale issues can hit individual institutions, but regional problems can shut down entire parts of the nation. Where does tragedy strike the most?

By Brooke C. Stoddard | Jan. 1, 2012