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Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Launches Three New Grant Programs for Ukraine

January 25, 2023

Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Launches Three New Grant Programs for Ukraine

Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU) in December 2022 disbursed three new grants worth a total of $355,000 from its Ukrainian Credit Union Displacement Fund to help credit unions in Ukraine cover the cost of operating expenses, purchase alternative sources of power and recover the unpaid interest on loans as part of its continuing effort to provide relief amid Russia’s ongoing full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Credit Unions as the Catalyst for Rebuilding

January 18, 2023

Credit Unions as the Catalyst for Rebuilding

MADISON, Wis.—The ability of credit unions to weather financial shocks draws consumers to them during times of crises—something regulators must recognize and allow for to help the world recover from the current climate of economic uncertainty.

2023 Distinguished Service Award Nominations Open

January 17, 2023

2023 Distinguished Service Award Nominations Open

MADISON, Wis.—Nominations are open for World Council of Credit Unions’ 2023 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). First presented in 1986, this esteemed award honors individuals and institutions that have provided outstanding service to credit union development outside their home country.

2023 Digital Growth Award Nominations Open

January 10, 2023

2023 Digital Growth Award Nominations Open

MADISON, Wis.—Nominations are open for World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) 2023 Digital Growth Award, which will recognize one or more member credit union associations or member credit unions for successfully working toward our Challenge 2025 goal of expanding digital transformation across the globe.  

SchoolsFirst FCU, Local Government FCU Challenge Peers to Bridge the Gap to End 2022

December 19, 2022

SchoolsFirst FCU, Local Government FCU Challenge Peers to Bridge the Gap to End 2022

MADISON, Wis—During the season of giving to end 2022, Bill Cheney, CEO of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, and Dwayne Naylor, CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union, are challenging their peers in the United States to support the growth of credit unions worldwide through the work of Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions' (WFCU) Bridge the Gap campaign

WOCCU TIFI Project Hosts Series of Workshops with Credit Unions in West Africa

December 08, 2022

WOCCU TIFI Project Hosts Series of Workshops with Credit Unions in West Africa

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) Technology and Innovation for Financial Inclusion (TIFI) Project last week welcomed WOCCU President and CEO Elissa McCarter LaBorde to Dakar, Senegal for a series of workshops on growing SME lending, digitalization and gender lens investing in West African credit unions.  

2023 WCUC Keynote Speakers Announced

November 30, 2022

2023 WCUC Keynote Speakers Announced

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions has secured four world-renowned speakers for the 2023 World Credit Union Conference—the premier global event for credit unions—to be held 23–26 July, in Vancouver, Canada. Credit union executives from 60 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will focus on sustainability, digital technologies and the future of financial services. 

G20 Leaders’ Declaration Supports WOCCU Advocated Position on Financial Inclusion

November 29, 2022

G20 Leaders’ Declaration Supports WOCCU Advocated Position on Financial Inclusion

MADISON, Wis.—The G20 in November adopted the G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration, wherein it reaffirmed support for World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) advocated focus on financial inclusion.

USAID, WOCCU EIP and VISA Launch 'Enko' Entrepreneurship Development Platform in Peru

November 22, 2022

USAID, WOCCU EIP and VISA Launch 'Enko' Entrepreneurship Development Platform in Peru

LIMA, Peru—USAID, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and VISA last week launched the "Enko" mobile business development platform in Peru to continue promoting the businesses of Venezuelans and Peruvians participating in the WOCCU Economic Inclusion Project’s (EIP) entrepreneurship development programs.

Credit Unions Urge Policymakers to Support Limits on Regulatory Burdens in Effort to Speed Economic Recovery

November 16, 2022

Credit Unions Urge Policymakers to Support Limits on Regulatory Burdens in Effort to Speed Economic Recovery

BRUSSELS—Representatives from the European Network of Credit Unions (ENCU) and World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) are seeking support this week from the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union (EU) on limiting regulatory burdens on credit unions to help promote access to financial services for everyday Europeans.

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