Field Notes: A Blog of the Worldwide Foundation

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Donor Love is a Two-Sided Affair

Love, in any form, is a two-sided affair.

With our supporters, we strive to make sure how much we appreciate their commitment to be the catalyst in our efforts to grow credit unions worldwide. One of our unique traditions is the Champion Celebration at the annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C. The backdrop for this special gathering has always been at an embassy of a foreign nation where we have had past or current success in creating development projects in.

At the celebration we thank our supporters and encourage organic storytelling. In and among the success stories of members and credit unions being projected on television screens, we ask that our supporters share with each other their WHY for supporting the World Council, its Worldwide Foundation and the movement on a global level.

                

Throughout February, we’ve profiled several special global Champions via social media to give examples of how individuals, institutions and affinity groups can make a global impact. We know that every single person and organization at varying levels of support makes an indelible difference in the lives of members who they will never meet. They are truly living the cooperative principle of “Concern for Community”.

In knowing that each of you makes a difference, we encourage you to take in the stories of several special global Champions who answered the call from the Worldwide Foundation when needed:

                Lisa Brown, CEO Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union

                Mike Lord, CEO State Employees Credit Union (Raleigh, NC)

                Bay Area Sister Society of the Global Women’s Leadership Network

                Dorwin Manzano of UWI Credit Union in support of WYCUP

                Bruce Foulke, CEO American Heritage Federal Credit Union

                Susan Mitchell, Michael Stankovic & Mitchell-Stankovic & Associates

We take very seriously the responsibility of sharing success stories, of connecting the dots of “Where Did the Money Go?”—but doing so in a creative way. We urge you to stay just as connected to our work, so you are helping to sustain in a way that balances your support of the movement at a local and national level.

Doing Global Good and engaging with the international credit union movement can grow both the head and heart of your institution, and yourself as a credit union superhero.

For those of you with us, thank you for joining us on this journey of global transformation as we celebrate you at this Sunday’s 2020 Champion Celebration. For those who see us from a distance, dip your toes into global credit union development engagement and witness your own transformation in realizing the change you are making in people’s lives—on a global scale.

See you at the Celebration and enjoy GAC!



What’s so ‘good’ about the global good card?

As credit union employees, we experience the power of reliable, affordable financial services each day. But there are millions of people who aren't so fortunate. We believe everyone can be financially successful if they have the tools and resources credit unions provide. And that’s why we launched the Global Good Card: A new way to bring the credit union philosophy to life.

Top Five Ways to Engage Globally in 2020

Envision your community not having a Credit Union. How would that void affect its citizens, business and way of life? Multiply that to thousands of communities worldwide and picture what our society would be like. 

An Innovative Strategy for Digital SME Lending in Guatemala

According to the International Labor Organization, small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) are responsible for more than two-thirds of all jobs worldwide, along with the majority of new job creation.

The Indiana Credit Union League: Recognizing Global Good

When it comes to the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions mantra—Do Global Good—the professionals at the Indiana Credit Union League (ICUL) don’t just promote it, they live it.

WOCCU Credit Union Partner Coonecta Leads Interoperable Digital Financial Inclusion in Ecuador

WOCCU’s Ecuadorian subsidiary, Coonecta, is driving interoperable payments in Latin America with its mobile platform BICOO, addressing key barriers facing the unbanked: cost, distance, documentation requirements and a lack of connection to other national payment channels. Credit unions (through BICOO) and banks (through their BIMO app) in Ecuador have simultaneously released interoperable platforms in an effort to increase financial inclusion through new digital channels.
     
     
     Credit union members using BICCO Mobile Wallet 

Formed a decade ago with support from a USAID/Ecuador-funded project, Coonecta is the foundational organization for extending digital financial inclusion to the remaining 49% of unbanked people in Ecuador. WOCCU and Coonecta are also investigating ways to work with Ecuador’s network of credit unions to use innovative platforms like BICOO to extend financial services to other vulnerable populations in Ecuador—including Venezuelan migrants seeking opportunities to be included in the formal financial system.

Champion Spotlight: Connexus Credit Union



When a Connexus employee makes the decision to work for the credit union, they may not realize it at the time, but they are becoming a part of something much bigger than themselves; they are becoming a part of the credit union movement. Often times, it’s the “People Helping People” philosophy that immediately draws people in, and other times it’s something our employees become passionate about over time as they learn of the great opportunity they have to make a positive impact in people’s lives. They learn about this opportunity through experience and through education, and also through the partnerships that Connexus cultivates with organizations such as the World Council of Credit Unions, which provides grassroots support where it’s needed the most.

Getting Ahead of the Storm: Project Storm Break

During July, ahead of the World Credit Union Conference, Field Notes, the official blog of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions focuses on a core component of its work: disaster relief.

The Power of Monthly Giving...to You & Credit Unions

Next week, we'll be making an announcement that we hope will change a key pillar of our work for years to come by helping credit unions worldwide respond faster to challenges they cannot yet see.

I-CUDE: A Pathway to Changing the World

Keep Purpose Constant. Trust the Process. Be the Difference.

Universally Inclusive: Takeaways from the YP Summit in Brazil

Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director of Cooperative Momentum, traveled to Curitiba, Brazil with a delegation from the World Council Young Credit Union Professionals (WYCUP) Program and organized by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Global Classroom Program. She shares highlights and takeaways from her experience abroad, in her article, "Learning New Ways From the Brazilian Credit Union System to Grow Our Movement Here at Home"


Building a Cooperative Community: Teachers Credit Union

“We are heirs to the legacy of great pioneers who built a vibrant cooperative community that embodies People Helping People. As beneficiaries of their foresight, dedication and effort, we owe it to them to extend their vision into the future. Our work with WOCCU honors our past leaders and helps others across the globe to be financially empowered.”

— Paul Marsh, TCU President and CEO

3 Takeaways From Our New WF Video!


Lights, Camera, Action...the new Worldwide Foundation Video is here!

"Together We Fight"...Safety Brought to Busia Centre


The Busia Children's Compassionate Centre Motto Speaks Volumes

Sharing Solutions, Changing Perspectives: Financial Center First Credit Union

"Whether you live in Central Indiana or the borders of South America, your local credit union is doing whatever it takes to spread the cooperative principles that credit unions were built upon."

- Kevin Ryan, Financial Center First Credit Union's President & CEO

During May and June, Field Notes spotlights global champions who go into the field with us, sharing their time, talent and treasure, aiding World Council in its mission to grow cooperatives worldwide, which results in changing the daily lives of members everywhere. In doing this valuable work, they are sustaining and expanding the cooperative principles that make us credit unions.

Three Ways to Recharge Your Cooperative Spirit at WCUC Bahamas

The 2019 World Credit Union Conference will bring together international credit union leaders in The Bahamas, 28-31 July. Our attendees leave the conference with a renewed passion for the global credit union movement after four days of education and networking. Here are three ways you can make the most of your conference experience while reigniting your passion for the cooperative movement at 2019 WCUC.

Breaking the Barrier: Part 4 - Are You Financially Literate?


We want to conclude our Breaking the Barrier Series by engaging our readers with a simple question: 

Breaking the Barrier: Part 3

Breaking the Barrier is a four-part series during April detailing how credit unions provide financial literacy and inclusion to millions during times of instability and conflict.

Breaking the Barrier: Part 2

Breaking the Barrier is a four-part series during April detailing how credit unions provide financial literacy and inclusion to millions during times of instability and conflict.

Breaking the Barrier: Part 1

Breaking the Barrier is a four-part series during April detailing how credit unions provide financial literacy and inclusion to millions during times of stability and conflict.

How the Global Women's Leadership Network Scholarship Changed My Life

The adage is true. You don’t know what you don’t know. Having worked my way up through several credit unions over the last 20 years, I felt I had a strong grasp on the credit union movement.  However, like many others in the credit union industry, my perspective was limited by my exposure. While I attended conferences here and there across the state and regularly participated in local opportunities, there was a whole credit union world out there that I knew nothing about.

Accelerate & Scale Up Progress...

Access. Acceleration. Progress. All are key for the Global Women’s Leadership Network to be a catalyst for change advancing women in our industry.

What Does GWLN Mean To You?

The Global Women’s Leadership Network celebrated its 10th anniversary by announcing the launch of its new mobile app to members and supporters at the annual GWLN Breakfast in Washington, DC.  

International Women’s Day is every day for GWLN

With members from Australia to Nepal, from Jamaica to Ukraine, from the U.S. to Thailand, for the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) every day is International Women’s Day.

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