What is a Credit Union?

question mark - what is a credit union?A credit union is a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution organized to promote thrift and provide credit to members. It is member-owned and controlled through a board of directors elected by the membership. The board serves on a volunteer basis and hires a CEO/Manager to oversee the day to day operations of the credit union.

A credit union exists to serve a specific group of people, such as a group of employees or the members of a professional or religious group. This is called a “field of membership.” The field of membership may include where they live, where they work, or their membership in a social or economic group.

Credit Union Benefits & Advantages

  • Easy to Join
  • Member-owned
  • Great Financial Services
  • Personal Attention
  • Better Rates & Lower Fees
  • Money is Insured
  • Responsibly Managed
  • Financial Guidance

The primary purpose in furthering their goal of service is to encourage members to save money. Another purpose is to offer loans to members. In fact, credit unions have traditionally made loans to people of ordinary means. Credit unions can charge lower rates for loans (as well as pay higher dividends on savings) because they are nonprofit cooperatives. Rather than paying profits to stockholders, credit unions return earnings to members in the form of dividends and improved services.