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Direct Members

Africa

Asia

Caribbean

Europe

Latin America

North America

Oceania


Affiliate Members

Africa

  • Liberia - Liberia Credit Union National Association

Europe


Associate Members

Africa

Asia

Europe

North America

International Members



 

Membership Brochure

For 40 years on behalf of its members World Council:


Advocates internationally to achieve a better legislative and regulatory outcome for credit unions and their members.

Provides education and global networking for the exchange of information and ideas.

Champions the credit union and cooperative financial institution model worldwide.

Grows and strengthens the credit union system with technical assistance, training and tools for management, outreach and networking.

Our members and their affiliates in nearly 90 countries enjoy the following benefits:


  • Become a part of the international credit union network and receive public recognition as a member
  • A voice and a vote at the annual general meeting
  • Eligibility for representation on the board of directors
  • Training, education and specialized networking opportunities, such as:
International Partnerships Program
Regional workshops
WYCUP young professionals
GWLN women
EU advocacy
CEO Advisory session
Future Forum session
  • Discount registration to the World Credit Union Conference attended by over 1,500 people from 40+ countries
  • Access to exclusive online resources:
Statistical report,
International Credit Union Day media kit
Technical guides
Model law & regulations
CU World magazine




 

Direct Membership

National and regional credit union organizations can join World Council as direct members. Eligible organizations are credit union-owned and must be solvent. Members pay mandatory annual dues on the basis of affiliated credit unions’ total assets. The board of directors review and vote upon new membership applications three times per year.

To apply for direct membership, please submit the following items:

  1. Completed direct membership application (also available in Spanish, French and Russian).
  2. Letter of intent from your board of directors requesting membership with World Council and certifying that:
  3. Bylaws of your organization.
  4. The financial statements of your organization for the last three years including balance sheets and income statements. These must be audited by an accredited accounting firm.
  5. Mandatory dues payment in U.S. dollars for the first calendar year or the prorated portion of the year.

Associate Membership

Business service organizations that are owned by credit unions, and international organizations that represent non-credit union financial cooperatives are eligible to become associate members. Affiliate members have access to membership benefits, have a seat and voice at the annual general meeting but may not vote and cannot be elected to the board of directors. The board of directors review and vote upon new membership applications three times per year.

To apply for associate membership, please submit the following items:

  1. Completed associate membership application (also available in Spanish).
  2. Letter of intent from your board of directors requesting membership with World Council and certifying that:
    • The application was approved by a majority of your directors
    • Your organization will abide by World Council bylaws
  3. Bylaws of your organization.
  4. The financial statements of your organization for the last three years including balance sheets and income statements. These must be audited by an accredited accounting firm.
  5. Mandatory dues payment in U.S. dollars for the first calendar year or the prorated portion of the year.

Affiliate Membership

National credit union organizations that are eligible to join World Council as direct members but does not have sufficient cash flow potential to pay full dues, it may apply to become an affiliate member of the World Council and benefit from reduced dues. To qualify for affiliate membership organizations must represent an emerging credit union movement with less than US$500 million in assets and have never been a direct or associate members of World Council in the past.

Affiliate members have access to membership benefits, have a seat and voice at the annual general meeting but may not vote and cannot be elected to the board of directors until they reaches full dues. Affiliate members have five years to reach full dues and direct membership status. Affiliate members' dues in the first year are 20% of the dues they would pay as a direct member. Each year for the next four years, the affiliate member will increase their dues payment by 50% until it reaches the full dues level for their category.

To apply for affiliate membership, please submit the following items:

  1. Completed direct membership application (also available in Spanish, French and Russian).
  2. Letter of intent from your board of directors requesting membership with World Council and certifying that:
  3. Bylaws of your organization.
  4. The financial statements of your organization for the last three years including balance sheets and income statements. These must be audited by an accredited accounting firm.
  5. Mandatory dues payment in U.S. dollars for the first calendar year or the prorated portion of the year.

Please submit application and supporting materials to:
Victor Corro, VP of Member Services, vcorro@woccu.org

Bylaws


 

The achievements of credit unions, the world-over, would not be possible without the talents, tireless dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations, which have strived to make the vision of "building a global community" a reality.

World Council is pleased to recognize and honor individuals and organizations whose efforts have made the credit union system what it is today: an international movement of "people helping people to help themselves." That self-help and self-reliance is made possible through a global cooperative community dedicated to enabling millions of people to grow by providing access to affordable financial services.

We're proud of our international credit union leaders…those of today, the past and the next generation. That's why it is our great pleasure to distinguish such outstanding individuals and organizations with esteemed recognition and achievement awards. If you or someone you know is deserving of recognition, we encourage you to submit entries and nominations.

Distinguished Service Award

World Council's Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor paid to individuals and institutions by the worldwide credit union movement. Created to recognize outstanding contributions to international credit union development, Distinguished Service Awards are presented each year at World Council's World Credit Union Conference.


Outstanding Membership Growth Award

In 2014, World Council initiated a global membership growth campaign to extend credit union services to at least 50 million new people by the year 2020. Every year World Council affiliates with the fastest growing membership are recognized for their achievement with the Outstanding Membership Growth Award.


WYCUP Scholarship Award

WYCUP is an annual scholarship program designed to engage and promote the next generation of credit union professionals and volunteers in the international credit union movement. The program encourages the sponsorship of individuals 35 or younger who have made a significant contribution within their own credit union or credit union organization as nominees for the WYCUP Scholarship. WYCUP nominees are sponsored by their nominating organizations to attend World Council's World Credit Union Conference, where the scholarship is awarded.


Credit Union Ambassador’s Award

World Council's Credit Union Ambassador's Award recognizes the contributions of individuals or organizations for their commitment to fostering international credit union development. This award is usually granted on the occasion of a special event, such as a significant anniversary year of the organization involved.


International Executive Volunteer Corps

The International Executive Volunteer Corps (IEVC) recognizes the efforts of international volunteers who are instrumental in achieving World Council's mission of financial empowerment. IEVC members are affiliated with World Council's International Partnerships Program.


Resolutions

Approved by the World Council board of directors or the general assembly, Resolutions formally honor a variety of contributions to the movement. Resolutions are presented on such occasions as retirement or in memoriam of an individual who has served the credit union movement over the course of a career, or to organizations that have fostered a commitment to credit union principles at an international level.