Idaho Story Archive

10 Northwest Credit Union Champions Named 2021 YP Leads

August 3, 2021— It’s official — 10 passionate credit union Young Professionals are headed to MAXX this fall, and they couldn’t be more excited. After careful consideration, the 2021 cohort was selected by a scoring committee made up of past YP leads. This year, the program had 21 applicants representing 15 credit unions across the Northwest.

“Thank you to all of the outstanding candidates who applied this year — your passion and enthusiasm for credit unions is absolutely inspiring,” said Mark Gonzalez, Sr. Manager, Member Engagement at NWCUA. “You truly are the future of the Credit Union Movement.”

Launched in 2017, the Northwest Young Professionals Network provides select credit union employees with complimentary registration to Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual MAXX Convention, where they join a growing network of future credit union leaders.

MAXX 2021 will take place in Boise, Oct. 5-7, and it’s slated to be an unforgettable reunion for the Northwest credit union community. The YP Leads cohort will have the opportunity to attend general and breakout sessions, network with their peers across the region, assist with special events, and learn how they can help propel the Credit Union Movement forward.


Idaho Receives NASCUS Five-Year Re-Accreditation

July 15, 2021 – The National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) is proud to announce Idaho has earned Re-Accreditation following a series of in-depth reviews and assessments by a panel of veteran state supervisors.

More than 88% of the $989 billion in state-chartered credit union assets are supervised by NASCUS’ 28 accredited state agencies.

“Accreditation is direct evidence of an agency’s capabilities and benefits all credit unions in the state as well,” said NASCUS President and CEO Lucy Ito. “It recognizes the professionalism of a state agency’s regulators, supervisors, and staff, while potentially delivering an impetus and support for legislation to modernize state law and policy changes to advance state supervisory processes and best practices.”

“The value of NASCUS accreditation to the Idaho Department of Finance’s credit union examination team and overall department operational and human resources policies cannot be overstated,” stated Idaho Director Patricia Perkins. “It is vitally important that our stakeholders have confidence that we are held to the highest standards nationally and continue to meet those standards in subsequent reaccreditation exercises.

NASCUS accreditation is a robust process that includes disciplined self-evaluation, peer review, and ongoing monitoring. The process, administered by the NASCUS Performance Standards Committee (PSC), measures a state regulatory agency’s ability and resources to carry out its regulatory and supervisory programs effectively.

To earn Accreditation, a credit union state supervisory agency must demonstrate that it meets accreditation standards in agency administration and finance, personnel and training, examination, supervision, and legislative powers.

NASCUS adopted the Accreditation Program in 1989 to administer and assure states’ credit union examination and supervision quality standards. This program, modeled on the university accreditation concept, applies national performance standards to a state’s credit union regulatory program.

Northwest Credit Union Association Releases Economic, Community Impact Report
Landmark study documents $11 billion impact, volunteerism and charitable contributions and extraordinary services by credit unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 2021 — Credit union advocates in Idaho, Oregon and Washington have new, data-rich tools to support their advocacy and public awareness work this year. The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) is providing its member credit unions with a suite of resources documenting credit unions’ economic and community impact. The community data was collected in NWCUA’s Community Impact Reporting Tool (CIRT), which was created by the association to document credit unions’ focus on financial well-being, volunteerism and charitable contributions, and special lending to rural communities, first-time homebuyers and other populations that not-for-profit cooperative credit unions are uniquely positioned to serve. The impressive economic impact report was prepared by ECONorthwest, one of the region’s most respected economic firms.

In addition to data, the NWCUA is providing its members with communications collateral such as infographics, social media posts and a library of member stories, so they can customize and share the impact in their own communities.

“The economic and community impact reports document how credit unions collectively generate and deliver real, tangible value to members and communities,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA President and CEO. “Our strategic priority, in creating the Community Impact Reporting Tool, and in commissioning the economic study, is to position credit unions to help the public and policymakers understand exactly how credit unions’ not-for-profit, cooperative structure enables them to drive such impact.”

ECONorthwest has provided independent and relevant analysis to a diverse range of public agencies and private sector industries since 1974. In 2013, ECONorthwest’s groundbreaking study, The Myth of the Uneven Playing Field, analyzed bank and credit union data from 1948 to 2012, debunking bank claims that state and federal tax policies offered credit unions unfair competitive advantages over for-profit financial institutions. The firm’s new economic impact analysis continues to support the positive impact that credit unions’ state and federal income tax exemptions have on consumers, communities and on each state’s economy.

ECONorthwest’s most recent study measured the jobs, economic output and income supported by Northwest credit unions, as well as the impact of the direct benefits credit unions are able to deliver to their members because of their unique structure. The analysis also documented Northwest credit unions’ services to members and communities from the onset of the pandemic through June 2020.


Idaho Lawmakers Consider Credit Union Legislation

February 27, 2020 — An update to the Idaho Credit Union Act, HB 473, is progressing the in the State House. The legislation would permit the Director of Credit Unions to issue enforcement actions directly to a credit union, provide for confidentiality of examination reports and other confidential information, and authorize credit unions to act as a custodian or fiduciary for tax-advantaged savings plans.

Earlier this week, the legislation was reported out of the Business Committee and retained on General Orders to be heard by the entire House.