Field Notes: A Blog of the Worldwide Foundation


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. 

Our world needs credit unions and its cooperative principles to serve the underserved, advance business innovation, respond to natural disasters and be community pillars, regardless of time zone. Who else will provide unique member solutions alongside our peers for our movement if not us?

 In order to ensure that every community is supported, the Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions is on a mission to improve the lives of individual communities through credit unions and needs your help and support in 2020 to do this. Want to do good? Even better, want to do global good? You can and below are 5 ways you can support the work of the Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions throughout 2020:

One off donation

Your donations big and small means we can do even more work to advance our global efforts and support communities worldwide. You can make a once off donation in three easy online steps by visiting:


Monthly Giving

Subscription models are everywhere nowadays, and even before services like Netflix revolutionized how we consume and pay for things like TV, we were used to monthly billing. The difference is that they just weren’t as smooth or as automated as they are today. Monthly payments spread out the cost over a series of months making them more tolerable for budget and allowing people to plan better.

The same is true with regular giving. It’s just plain convenient to add in charitable giving to organizations as a budget item, have it come off a pay check, credit card or right out of their bank. We'll do the work of making sure you get one tax receipt at year's end that illustrates each monthly donation, making it easier for champions to keep tabs on their giving.

We have an easy, five-step process to become a monthly global champion:

  1. Visiting
  2. Select which fund or program you'd like to support with the monthly amount.
  3. Check the "Make This a Monthly Donation" box
  4. Fill out your contact and payment info
  5. Click the "Support WF" button

You should get a confirmation email and special message, welcoming you as a new member of a special group, those that take a step into our global movement to change the world.

Attending a credit union development event

The Worldwide Foundation has a wealth of enriching experiences that you can get involved with throughout 2020. Below are some well attended and highly anticipated events, don’t delay and register today:

  1. Field Engagements
  2. GWLN Events
  3. WYCUP Youth Summit
  4. Global Classroom Events


Adopt the Global Good Card

The Global Good Card (GGC) Program is a credit card offering for credit unions that allows the credit union and its members the ability to contribute to the philanthropic projects managed by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). The program is designed to attract new, socially minded members, generate revenue and provide members with the opportunity to give back on an international scale. Members may be more inclined to adopt the card given the charitable dynamics around the credit union fee structure and the member options to donate reward points. How it works

  1. Register Your Interest here:
  2. Download the GGC toolkit
  3. Begin (It really is that simple)
  4. Promote your new card (We even offer marketing support through our partner SerTech) 


Support a specific campaign

We have a number of campaigns to grow the Global Credit Union system. Each campaign grows our movement and your credit union to serve every member no matter where they live. A remarkable ratio has been achieved with every US  1$ donated generating $50 for the global system to strengthen, sustain and grow. Our campaigns are:

  1. The Priority Fund - Forwarding Financial Inclusion Worldwide
  2. Project Strom Break - Disaster relief response and training
  3. Global Women’s Leadership Network – Advancing women in cooperatives worldwide
  4. The Global Classroom – expanding peer-generated learning exchanges globally
  5. World Council Young Credit Union Professionals – passing the torch to the next generation of Credit Union leaders.

Our work is not easy or quick. It requires expertise, patience and, crucially, financial resources. We depend on our supporters, members and friends to provide us with the funds needed to carry out our work.

For more information on how you can get involved or support us please contact us here:

Don’t delay. Do Good. Do Global Good.

An Innovative Strategy for Digital SME Lending in Guatemala

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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 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

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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

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Breaking the Barrier: Part 2

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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.

B.O.N.D. Community FCU "Thinks Global, Acts Local"

“Think global, act local”
is a mantra for those who strive to leave the world a better place than the one they were born into. No individual ever affected worldwide change without starting close to home.

Partnership Drives Peach State FCU

Peach State Federal Credit Union partnered with the Polish credit union system in 1996, beginning one of the most significant partnerships in our credit union’s history. Our initial credit union partnership agreement ended after 14 years and we celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Polish partnership in 2011 by entering into a new credit union partnership agreement with SKOK St. Brother Albert, located in Szczytno, Poland. Through the 22-year Polish partnership many unique friendships have been developed. We found the international partnership so beneficial that in 2016 we entered into a relationship with National Health Service Credit Union in Glasgow, Scotland, a participant in the Association of British Credit Unions, Ltd. (ABCUL).