Community Impact

One in five households in America lacks access to affordable financial services. Credit unions have a role to play in reaching more consumers and tackling this disparity.

Here, we share how credit unions are making a difference in their communities and in the lives of those they serve. Dive in and learn how to amp up your credit union's impact.

Community Impact Research

Pathways to Financial Well-being
Community Impact / Feb 28 2020
Pathways to Financial Well-being

Qualitative Research Findings from the Reaching Minority Households Incubator Filene tracked the outcomes of three lending programs through the lives...

The Stakeholder-Empowering Philanthropy of Edward Filene
Community Impact / Dec 20 2019
The Stakeholder-Empowering Philanthropy of Edward Filene

The origin and continued success of the US credit union sector can be attributed in large part to a unique...

Domestic Violence Recovery (DVR) Loan Program - Year Three Report
Community Impact / Consumer Thinking / Jan 30 2019
Domestic Violence Recovery (DVR) Loan Program - Year Three Report

Survivors of domestic violence face unique financial challenges. This report provides an update on the Domestic Violence Recovery Loan program...

Reaching Minority Households Incubator
Community Impact / Aug 08 2018
Reaching Minority Households Incubator

Many traditional financial institutions struggle to meet the needs of minority households. Filene, Visa, and the Ford Foundation conducted this research to find out why.

Reaching Minority Households: Learning from Minority Credit Unions
Community Impact / Jan 07 2016
Reaching Minority Households: Learning from Minority Credit Unions

Minority households in the United States are far more likely to be unbanked or underbanked compared to others. Credit unions...

Accessible Financial Services Incubator
Community Impact / Feb 05 2016
Accessible Financial Services Incubator

During the past two years Filene tested five innovative products designed for low-and moderate-income consumers. In this report we share...

Enhancing Savings Behaviors of Low- to Middle- Income Families
Consumer Thinking / Aug 22 2016
Enhancing Savings Behaviors of Low- to Middle- Income Families

If we are to help low- to middle-income households make better financial decisions, we first need to understand why they...