Wisconsin credit unions were the first in the nation to
pioneer a groundbreaking effort called REAL Solutions®.
REAL Solutions® is a statewide initiative to help real
Wisconsinites build financially strong, self-supporting families and
communities by offering innovative services and programs that:
Offer affordable alternatives to high-cost financial products and
Reduce dependency on predatory financial providers.
Increase financial literacy.
Improve personal financial management.
Encourage saving and wealth-building.
Provide an avenue to personal financial stability.
Improve the financial and economic well-being of
REAL Solutions® offers important outreach to people with
low or moderate incomes, new Americans and the "unbanked" – people
who, without help from non-for-profit, member-owned credit unions
– might be locked out of affordable saving and borrowing
opportunities. As member-owned organizations whose sole purpose is to
meet members' needs – regardless of members' wealth or whether the
institution profits – credit unions care intrinsically about
people’s personal financial health and the well-being of their
Through REAL Solutions®, Wisconsin consumers can gain the solid
financial footing they need to remain self-supporting, contributing
members of our state's economy. REAL Solutions® isn't any
particular program or service – it's a commitment by Wisconsin
credit unions to offer financial solutions that improve the lives of
their members and communities.
REAL Solutions® is among many reasons why credit unions differ from
other financial institutions. To learn more about credit unions and
locate one near you, please visit www.asmarterchoice.org.
Advocate the CU Difference with the REAL Solutions Scorecard
The Scorecard showcases the success of Wisconsin credit unions’ REAL Solutions – voluntary programs and services offered by credit unions to help members and communities. It shows that credit unions are socially responsible without any state or federal mandates requiring it.
Recognition for REAL Solutions
Wisconsin credit unions have received seven top awards in seven years for their efforts to help members save and build wealth.
Community Investment Fund
Support REAL Solutions, the National Credit Union Foundation and The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation by investing in the Community Investment Fund.
REAL Solutions Leadership
Discover who's supporting REAL Solutions® and who to contact with questions or requests for information.