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Larky Helps Credit Unions Tackle Growth and Relevancy Challenges

Larky Helps Credit Unions Tackle Growth and Relevancy Challenges

I'm pretty good at buying shoes. I do it a few times a year, have a pretty solid idea where to shop and what's going to feel comfortable on my feet. 

Buying a car is the other end of the spectrum for me. I've only done it twice in my life. It feels overwhelming and intimidating. When I last purchased a car, I was so focused on the car itself, negotiating a price, and making sure that I could still play all of my mix tapes, that I hadn't thought much about how I would finance my purchase. The dealer was happy to help guide me toward financing, but my credit union wasn't an option they suggested.

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Slaying the Debt Dragon

Slaying the Debt Dragon

National student loan debt has reached more than $1.3 trillion, with 44 million borrowers. This type of debt differs from other types of debt such as home mortgages, primarily because borrowers don’t often see the full picture of what their debt will amount to and the impacts that it may have on their lives until it’s too late.

But your credit union can be the hero -- the financial partner -- your members need now. By signing on to test Debt Dragon, you can help your members tame the beast of student loan debt.

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GAC 2017 in Photos

GAC 2017 in Photos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are several thousand. See GAC 2017 through Filene's eyes at our Chairman's Breakfast, National Credit Union Foundation's Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner, The Cooperative Trust's Crasher festivities, and of course, the legendary Thunderpunch!

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Building the Next Generation of Credit Union Leaders

Building the Next Generation of Credit Union Leaders

When we think about community in the financial services space, it is impossible not to think about credit unions. Credit unions are vital to the financial health of communities across the United States. They provide valuable financial services, a deep customer service and a commitment to the communities they serve.

Visa is proud to pledge $1.5 million to strengthen the talent pipeline in credit union industry and work together with Filene and others in the industry to build the next generation of leaders.

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The Geography of Serving the Financially Vulnerable

The Geography of Serving the Financially Vulnerable

Maps are not only good for helping us get from point A to B, they help us look at the world in a new way. Our map of the 36 credit union testers in Filene’s Reaching Minority Households Incubator helps tells a story we otherwise wouldn’t see.

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#TheresNeverBeenABetterTime…to Love Credit Unions: Happy Valentine’s Day!

#TheresNeverBeenABetterTime…to Love Credit Unions: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love it or hate it, the time of the year filled with long-stemmed roses, heart-shaped chocolates and cheesy Valentine's Day card puns is here. While we at Filene love and celebrate credit unions 365 days a year, there's truly no better day to express our affection. 

We clearly love credit unions, and so do our newest Fileners Danielle Frawley, Stewardship & Development Director and Tanya Thompson, Membership Manager. Danielle and Tanya have a lot of history working with and serving credit unions and we asked them here to answer a few questions so you can get to know them better. 

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Follow Along on our #CrashTheGAC17 Journey

Follow Along on our #CrashTheGAC17 Journey

The Crashers are going to Washington! Yes, once again, The Cooperative Trust has assembled FIFTY of the nation's freshest, bright-eyed, young credit union professionals to make the annual trek to Washington D.C. to "Crash the GAC" and deliver the message that the country's youth care about the future of credit unions! 

Check out the full list of our 50 Crashers, and follow along on their journey with Megan, Blair, Amber and Daniel as they take over The Cooperative Trust's social media in D.C.

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Credit Unions Stand Up to Serve Those Who Need Them Now

Credit Unions Stand Up to Serve Those Who Need Them Now

There are 42 million immigrants in the U.S., including foreign born citizens, refugees, lawful permanent residents, and undocumented immigrants; all coming from nearly every country in the world. Being foreign born is what technically defines this group, but there are other designations that make these individuals and families a part of who we are as a country.

Here we share preliminary results in the Non-Citizen Lending program -- a program being tested with 13 credit unions across the country offering a variety of consumer lending products to non-citizens with the same rates as traditional consumer lending products. 

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You Can Change the 2017 Headlines: 6 Steps to Success

You Can Change the 2017 Headlines: 6 Steps to Success

Credit unions have so much to celebrate as we say goodbye to 2016. However, the recent headlines about the CFI Group’s Credit Union Satisfaction Index member satisfaction results dipping might have you wondering what you need to do to ensure that your members have the best possible experience in the New Year.

Over the years, you’ve challenged Filene to move beyond research into action. We’ve listened. 

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The Sandwich Generation Wrap-Up

The Sandwich Generation Wrap-Up

We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and is off to good start in the new year! December was a whirlwind month for us here at Filene and we want to be sure you didn't miss one of our most popular reports from last month. Here's a wrap-up of all the resources available for you to learn more about our "Sandwich Generation" research.

So, a sandwich or a wrap? Your choice. (The wrap has less carbs...)

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