Dreams Can Be Dangerous
What dreams will credit unions foster: those of the members of those of the institution? Chip Filson warns that dreams can be dangerous when they fall out of line with our values.
Credit Unions and Community: The Importance of Volunteering
Marketing expert Megan Tenbusch reminds credit unions not only of their obligation to support their communities but also of the incentives that come along with it.
A Cooperative DEEP in Formation
Chip Filson shares the story of a recently opened grocery cooperative and the optimism it engenders. Where communities pull together to provide cooperative solutions, credit unions should be there to support them along the way.
America’s Most Responsible Credit Unions
Should credit unions evaluate themselves not just on their key financial metrics, but also on their cooperative score? Chip Filson sees the need for credit unions to reexamine how they compare themselves against one another.
A Cooperative Community Park
Cooperatives know going it alone isn’t necessary. Chip Filson shares how six cooperatives, including three credit unions, combined resources to create a community park.
Bankers Say NCUA Subordinated Debt Rule Undermines Credit Union Mission
David Baumann of the Washington CU Daily reports that the Independent Community Bankers of America and the American Bankers Association have criticized the National Credit Union Administration for a final rule allowing low-income, complex and new credit unions to issue subordinated debt.
When Vision is Lost: Difficile Est Bonum Esse
As we celebrate this holiday season, Chip Filson reminds us that doing good is very hard, but ultimately worth it. Sustained vision is difficult to maintain, but it’s not impossible and we have an obligation to our founding principles to fight for that vision.
The Key to Credit Unions’ Future: Trust Each Other
Chip Filson says an often overlooked element of the credit union model is the trust and involvement of regular member-owners in their credit union. By placing more trust in the member-owner, we are strengthening our credit unions, not burdening them.
A Question of Leadership
Chip Filson asks a seemingly simple question: What makes a leader? In his opinion, the answer is and should be different for the cooperative system.
Coronavirus: What Credit Unions Can Do For Their Members
Coronavirus is affecting members’ lives far and wide. CUSO Mag Editor Esteban Camargo reminds credit unions they’ve been in the position of providing emergency assistance before, and provides some suggestions for those looking to help.