Author: Kyle Fillo

Site Study: MECU

The MECU (Municipal Employees Credit Union) story begins in 1936. During the height of the Great Depression, Baltimore workers were struggling to make ends meet. To ensure that Baltimore workers were able to access affordable financial services, city employees joined together and founded MECU. In the 80+ years since, the credit union now serves 110,000 members throughout the Baltimore area, and … Continue reading

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How to Reignite the Credit Union Movement: Lessons from a Startup Credit Union

Possibly the defining factor of our current moment in business, technology, and innovation is the culture driving the creation and growth of start-ups. We’ve seen how rapidly the business landscape has changed, for better or worse, because of the startup ethos. While credit unions have undoubtedly been affected by the rise of fintech startups, the concept of a “credit union startup” in … Continue reading

Aspiration Bank website on desktop and mobile

Site Study: Aspiration Bank

Aspiration Bank’s value proposition is simple and memorable: “Save Money, Save the Planet.” On its website, Aspiration effectively showcases not only its unique products, but also its unique way of doing business. Here are three ways you can benefit by aspiring toward Aspiration:     Lead with your values As a staff member at a financial institution, you might be … Continue reading

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Beyond Payday Lenders and Pawn Shops: Thinking Differently about Small Dollar Loans

For many Americans, a few hundred dollars can mean the difference between financial stability and distress. Financial distress is not an isolated problem; rather, it has ripple effects that extend not just to a person’s family, but also his or her employer. Ted and Ned Castle of Rhino Foods understand that financially stable employees are healthier, happier, and more reliable. … Continue reading

Wheelhouse CU Website Launch

Website Makeover: Wheelhouse Credit Union

We are excited to announce the launch of Wheelhouse Credit Union’s shiny new website! As San Diego’s second-oldest credit union, serving its members since 1934, Wheelhouse wanted to honor its history as a deeply entrenched pillar of the community, while also embracing its future as a leader in solar energy lending. Here are a few ways we’re helping Wheelhouse stand out … Continue reading

Site Study: Alliant Credit Union

With over 80 years of history, 450,000 members, and more than $11 billion in assets, Alliant Credit Union is not only the largest credit union in Illinois, but one of the largest in the nation. Perhaps, then, it comes as no surprise that Alliant’s website looks pretty and offers a streamlined user experience. In an industry where differentiation can prove … Continue reading

How Credit Unions are Like Farmers Markets: Ty Robbins of People’s Trust FCU

Ever paid a premium for those small, juicy farmers market strawberries, rather than the giant, pale strawberries you typically find in the grocery store? According to Ty Robbins, CIO of People’s Trust FCU, credit unions offer the financial equivalent of farmers market strawberries, with one crucial difference. He joins our podcast to share his passion for using cooperative principles and … Continue reading

Site Study: Mountain America Credit Union

Mountain America Credit Union opened its doors in the 1930s with a simple goal: to guide members toward financial success. Today, they do this through a combination of affordable products, friendly service, community involvement, financial education, and an impressive suite of digital tools and resources. Here, we review www.macu.com to highlight what Mountain America is doing well, and how you can … Continue reading

Website Makeover: Strata Credit Union

We are excited to celebrate the launch of Strata Credit Union’s new and improved website! Formerly Kern Federal Credit Union, Strata was looking for more than a name change. The team felt that their former website didn’t speak to Strata’s evolving target market in Kern County, CA, nor did it offer a seamless or particularly memorable online experience. Here are … Continue reading

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Wellness of Mind, Body, and Wallet: Allegacy FCU’s Transformational Wellness Program

Integrated healthcare is becoming a worldwide trend, and Allegacy FCU is taking it to the next level. Ashley Kohlrus, COO of Allegacy FCU, and Karen Sigmon-Smith, Managing Director of WellQ, join us to talk about their audacious plan to transform community health outcomes through an integrated membership model for health and financial wellness, along with the lessons learned along the … Continue reading

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