Be creative when telling Congress "Don't Tax My Credit Union!"
Wisconsin credit unions are finding some creative ways to boost their "Don't Tax My Credit Union" advocacy. With just two dedicated weeks of advocacy remaining, Wisconsin has moved up in total grassroots contacts to Congress, ranking 10th in the nation. But with fewer than 30 credit unions having reached their individual goals for grassroots contacts, there's room for us to further increase our ranking using shared resources from The League & CUNA.
Credit unions have been working hard to direct their employees, directors and members to the grassroots action page, www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org, where a message to Congress can be sent in seconds. But several credit unions have used other means like postcards or a signable letter to deliver the message in large numbers, including:
"Credit unions that have engaged their members
in signing a card or letter have said it was a great way to initiate
dialog about how credit unions are owned by their depositors and work to
benefit them instead of shareholders," said League VP of Government
Affairs Tom Liebe.
"While our advocacy's main objective is to preserve our tax status, an added benefit has been increasing member awareness of the benefits their credit union offers – like small loans, financial education, budget assistance, and more consumer-friendly policies and lending practices. We're opening quite a few eyes to the value of credit unions' cooperative ownership structure – something that's inspiring individuals to encourage involvement in our grassroots."
"Please share with Sarah Wainscott any contacts made
outside the www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org
website so that we can keep an accurate count of our progress as well as
any strategies that have worked well for you so that we can share them
with others," Liebe added. Shared resources from The League, CUNA
and credit unions are accessible from
The League's homepage.
Tagging your representatives in Congress in tweets
and using the hashtag #DontTaxMyCU in your
social media outreach not only helps track these messages,
but ensures that they reach the legislative audience.
Even if a tax reform bill does
not advance this session, a strong voice in support of credit unions
will be crucial to preserve the current tax status because the decisions
made today are the likely starting point from which tax reform
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