A credit union is a cooperative financial institution, owned and controlled by the people who use its services. These people are members. Credit unions serve groups that share something in common, such as where they work, live, or go to church.
Credit unions, like other financial institutions, are closely regulated. The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, administered by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the federal government, insures deposits of credit union members up to $250,000.
Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives where banks are for-profit institutions. Credit Unions exist to serve our members. We return earnings to our members in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits, and lower fees.
By current federal statute, credit unions cannot serve the general public. People qualify for a credit union membership through their employer, organizational affiliations like churches or social groups, or a community-chartered credit union.
Credit Unions are an economic democracy. Each credit union member has equal ownership and one vote regardless of how much money a member has on deposit. At a credit union, every customer is both a member and an owner.
Each credit union is governed by a volunteer board of directors, elected by and from the credit union’s membership.
Credit Unions do pay taxes- payroll taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes. Congress exempts credit unions from federal income taxes.
Credit unions assist members to become better-educated consumers of financial services.
Credit unions exist to help people, not make a profit. Our goal is to serve all of our members well, including those of modest means- every member counts.
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