About WF


Who We Are

Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions is both the international development and charitable arm of the World Council of Credit Unions, whose 89-country membership is made up of 34 national associations, three regional associations and six credit owned businesses. Our mission is to improve lives and communities through credit unions.


Our Mission

To transform a billion lives through credit unions.

Our Vision

To be the global engagement portal to the credit union industry.


We take transparency seriously.

Please click on the resources below to see our impact the past year: 

2020 Annual Report
2019 990
2019 Annual Report

Our Board of Directors

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Union's Board of Director's is an eight-member governing body, composed of credit union industry leaders that are committed to the Foundation's role as World Council's fundraising resource.

Bill Cheney
Chair - SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

Carla Cicero
Vice Chair - Numerica Credit Union / Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

Susan Mitchell
Secretary - Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates

Dallas Bergl
Treasurer - Inova Federal Credit Union / Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

Manfred Alfonso Dasenbrock
Director - Confederação Interestadual das Cooperativas Ligadas ao Sicredi (Sicredi)

Crystal Long
Director - GECU Credit Union

Brian Caldarelli
Director - PSCU

Steven Stapp
Director - Unitus Community Credit Union / Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

Joe Thomas
Director - NextMark Credit Union/Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

Dwayne Naylor
Director - Civic Federal Credit Union/Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

Renée Sattiewhite
Director - African-American Credit Union Coalition

Meet the WF Team

The Foundation's staff is composed of over three decades of experience in the credit union industry and financial inclusion sector, striving to improve lives through the cooperative model. 


Elissa McCarter LaBorde

Elissa McCarter LaBorde began serving as World Council of Credit Unions’ President and CEO in August 2021, bringing more than 20 years of experience leading organizations in delivering financial services to underserved communities across the globe.
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Vice President of Financial Inclusion

Megan O'Donnell

Megan O’Donnell joined the World Council as the Director of Financial Inclusion in 2017 after initially worked with the World Council as a technical expert.  She is focused on expanding the international development project portfolio with the team in Washington.
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Executive Director

Mike Reuter

Mike leads the strategic vision for the Worldwide Foundation, focusing on maximizing revenue opportunities, streamlining operations and engaging new audiences to help expand credit unions and transform member lives.
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Worldwide Foundation Associate

Lisa Person

Lisa has been in the financial industry for over 18 years and has served on several non-profit boards. Her passion to help others through financial inclusion has been enhanced through WOCCU and our development work.