What does “sustainability” mean for credit unions? It’s not just solar lending and green branches, although those do play a role at some shops. Sustainability means serving members today, tomorrow, and into the future. To do that, credit unions are rethinking their roles in and responsibilities for members, employees, communities, the environment, and more.

Credit unions are embracing their purpose and making values a cornerstone of their strategy. It’s possible to do well while doing good, and this Callahan Collection spotlights credit unions that are combining profit, passion, and the pursuit of happiness to achieve long-term sustainability.

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Strategies For Sustainability

By E.C. Harrison | Jan. 10, 2022

From lending off the grid to feeding appetites and wallets — and much more in between — VSECU supports quality of life for members, business, and communities across the state of Vermont.

By E.C. Harrison | Jan. 10, 2022

Energy efficiency loans, zero-carbon goals, underwriting, and strategic partnerships drive lending growth at VSECU.

By Katy Slater | April 20, 2020

Uncertainties shouldn’t dissuade an honest reflection on whether leadership teams have the right tools to tackle the tasks at hand.

 

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By Erik Payne | Oct. 21, 2019

A Global Sustainability Program at United Nations Federal Credit Union comprises eight goals and programs to complete over a five-year period.

By Marc Rapport | Aug. 26, 2019

St. Louis Community Credit Union strives to be a positive force, and it has the impact report to prove it.

By Marc Rapport | Aug. 19, 2019

Credit unions are experimenting with employee-sponsored small-dollar loan programs at the urging of Filene and the FINRA Foundation.

By Sharon Simpson | July 1, 2019

How an economic developer, money manager, and keen collaborator at the helm is empowering a green revolution at Vermont State Employees Credit Union.

By Marc Rapport | July 1, 2019

A small Ohio credit union includes income replacement in a loan package aimed at spurring personal and community economic development.

By Sharon Simpson | May 20, 2019

A salary advance program at one of the nation’s largest credit unions helps members stop running in place and start saving for the future.

By Marc Rapport | March 4, 2019

A coaching program at Wright-Patt Credit Union teaches members how to be responsible with money while enjoying life.