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 improve lives through credit unions and financial cooperatives.

Our Vision

To expand financial inclusion worldwide through the global credit union community.

Our Belief

All people should have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services.


Field Notes

Read our success stories
from the global credit union
movement to see how your credit union
can grow and be the difference
for millions worldwide.

Read Our Blog

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 SattiewhiteDirector - 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. 


Brian Branch

Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions, was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at World Council since 1990 and has been engaged in development fieldwork, research and implementation for more than 30 years.
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Director 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 Reuter joined the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WF), the official gift-receiving and field engagement arm of the World Council, in 2017 as Executive Director. He leads the strategic vision for WF, focusing on maximizing revenue opportunities, streamlining operations and engaging new audiences to implement specific fundraising initiatives.
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Director of Donor Relations

Ann Heiden

Ann Heiden joined the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WF) as Director of Donor Relations in the fall of 2017. A non-profit and business management executive with a career spanning over three decades, she has specialized in foundation management—focusing on advancement and operations in the industries of healthcare, education and community development. At the Worldwide Foundation, she connects U.S. credit unions to the global credit union system—helping them fulfill their “people helping people” mission internationally. Prior to joining the Worldwide Foundation, Ann served as the CEO of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, where she oversaw the financial performance of $55 million in assets—awarding $3 million in community grants and education scholarships annually. 

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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.