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What is REAL Solutions?

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REAL Solutions® is a statewide initiative by Wisconsin credit unions to build financially strong, self-supporting families and communities by offering services and programs that:

  • Offer affordable alternatives to high-cost financial products and services.
  • Reduce dependency on predatory financial providers.
  • Increase financial literacy.
  • Improve personal financial management.
  • Encourage saving and wealth-building.
  • Build creditworthiness.
  • Provide an avenue to personal financial stability.
Improve the financial and economic well-being of Wisconsin communities.

Because of their structure and mission, Wisconsin credit unions have historically offered products and outreach that put people before profit. REAL Solutions® is a continuing commitment to that mission and finding innovative ways to serve their members and communities.


Wisconsin Credit Union 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.

External Reports

The League has access to reports and partnering organizations that can help your credit union to evaluate new opportunities for your credit union and learn about industry best practice. Topics include:


  • Member service including: Check cashing, payday loan alternatives, foreclosure prevention, lending and retirement education
  • Financial education and in-school branches
  • Community outreach including: Free tax preparation, charitable giving (Credit Unions for Kids) and strategic philanthropy

Partners in Outreach & Innovation

We need your stories!

We need your stories about how your credit union's REAL Solutions® help members and communities.

Take just a moment to read a few of credit unions' great stories, and then drop us a note to share yours - you can even include a link to quickly share the meaningful impact that your credit union is having locally.

Then, use the Legislator Meeting Guide in our Advocacy Toolkit to incorporate your REAL Solutions® story into your next visit with lawmakers - your story influences their decisions that affect your credit union's operations and service.

Get Recognized for Your Hard Work

Create awareness about your credit union's good work. Awards include:
  • Community Service (Dora Maxwell Award)
  • Philosophy/Member Service (Louise Herring Award)
  • Financial Education (Desjardins Award)

Apply for an award before June 30 >> 
The application window has closed - consider entering in spring 2019!

Read about last year's honoree(s) for:

Print a flyer about the awards program >>

Read an article about the awards program >>