Trade Association

On behalf of our member organizations in nearly 60 countries, we:

  • Advocate internationally to achieve a better legislative and regulatory outcome for credit unions and their members.
  • Provide education and global networking for the exchange of information and ideas.
  • Champion the credit union and cooperative financial institution model worldwide.
  • Grow and strengthen the credit union system with technical assistance, training and tools for management, outreach and networking.

Development Programs

All people should have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services. Since 1971, we have implemented nearly 300 technical assistance programs in 71 countries to build safe and sound financial cooperatives with affordable financial products and services.

With funding from a wide range of multi-lateral, government and private partners, we promote economic security, resilience and livelihoods strengthening through the sustainable development of local, well managed, savings-led financial institutions. Our programs empower millions of marginalized and traditionally unbanked people. World Council supports financial markets in growing economies, along with global partners, such as USAID, the UN, and the World Bank by promoting financial inclusion, strengthening institutions as well as providing policy and regulatory support.

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The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is our official fundraising and gift-receiving organization. Contributions to the Worldwide Foundation help advance our efforts to create long-lasting opportunities for the world's working poor. In particular, funds support our development programs, International Partnerships Program, member education and training and disaster relief.

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We are a 501(c)(6) trade association, and our Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. We are funded by member dues, government agency and foundation grants and annual gifts to World Council's Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions.

We thank you for your support.