The Wisconsin Credit Union League is the dues-funded, trade association
for 199 of Wisconsin's not-for-profit, member-owned financial
institutions. Based on the credit union philosophy of "people helping
people," The Wisconsin Credit Union League feels it is important to give
back to the local community and educate consumers on pertinent
This is a statewide initiative pioneered by
Wisconsin credit unions to help build financially strong,
self-supporting families and communities. Credit unions share best
practices to help families of all incomes improve their creditworthiness
and build wealth. The effort is not defined by a particular program or
service, but rather a commitment to help members regardless of profit.
It's credit unions doing what's right simply because its the right thing
to do, without any costly state or federal
mandates. The REAL Solutions Scorecard, produced by The League
annually, explains how the effort returns more than $200
million a year to Wisconsin's 2.2 million credit union members.
Credit unions provide free financial counseling to help
members stay on a sound financial path. But credit unions may also
partner with CCCS to offer additional intensive counseling to help
financially troubled members with nowhere else to turn. The League won
the most prestigious national award offered by the credit union
movement, the Herb Wegner Award, for this effort which helps
members develop debt repayment plans, establish workable budgets
and prevent a debt-to-bankruptcy cycle.
The Foundation supports the
development of credit unions in parts of the world where there are no
financial services alternatives, bringing financial stability to places
like the Philippines and Afghanistan.
The League is dedicated to improving
our state's financial literacy through efforts with our affiliated
credit unions and additional partnerships. For example, credit unions'
statewide REAL Solutions effort has captured several Governor's Financial Literacy Awards for
efforts that focus on financial education.
The League encourages
fundraising by credit unions for this preferred charity,
which provides medical care for 17 million children annually
regardless of their families' ability to pay. Wisconsin credit unions
raise anywhere from a quarter million to a half million dollars annually
for the hospitals, and credit unions nationally - through the Credit
Unions for Kids program - are among the charity's top sponsors