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.

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Development Platform

All people should have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services. Since 1971, we have implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 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, and providing policy and regulatory support.

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The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is the charitable arm of the World Council. The Worldwide Foundation's mantra—"Do Good. Do Global Good."—is all about financial empowerment through the credit union movement.

It is the apex institution for the global credit union movement, helping credit unions solve a myriad of issues that help them grow, strengthen and be increasingly accessible to their members and community.

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Thank you!

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 the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions.

We thank you for your support.