Celebrate International Credit Union Day: The Authentic Difference
Join us to celebrate International Credit Union Day on October 20, 2016 when LES people’s FCU, along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, emphasize the founding principles of the credit union movement.
On ICU Day, October 20, visit our branches to play our trivia game to win a “The Authentic Difference” t-shirt and other surprises, all while enjoying cupcakes from our business owners. In addition, we will have gifts throughout the week of October 17 – 21 for all of the members that visit our branches.
We, credit unions, are not-for-profit financial cooperatives, offering the same services as other financial institutions, but with a people-first philosophy. Since 1948, on the third Thursday of every October, credit unions have celebrated the principles that make credit unions the best financial partners of people all over the world. “The authentic difference,” this year’s ICU Day theme, zeroes in on what makes credit unions different from banks, fintech startups and other financial institutions—our principles.
Credit unions all over the world have operated according to the same core principles since the 1850s, when a group of weary German workers, tired of being exploited by loan sharks, formed the world’s first credit union by banding together to provide affordable credit to each other.
These principles are derived from the 7 cooperative principles, shared by all cooperatives. They are:
- Democratic Control
One member = One vote. Whether you have $5 or $5 million, your voice is equal.
- Open and Voluntary Membership
Members are connected by a bond of association, fostering a sense of community.
Credit unions are open to all without regard for race, orientation, nationality, sex, religion, gender, or politics.
- Service to Members
Credit unions are ranked No. 1 in service in numerous surveys, because they exist to serve members, not profit.
- Distribution to Members
Credit unions return all profits to their members through dividends, lower fees, better savings rates, and improved services.
- Building Financial Stability
Credit unions are historically stable organizations. They’re owned by the people they serve, so they don’t take unnecessary risks.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Credit unions and cooperatives share the same principles. Together, they amplify each other’s good works.
- Social Responsibility
Credit unions strive for social justice by committing to strengthening their communities and helping people of modest means.
- Ongoing Education
Credit unions prioritize financial education for their members, employees, and communities as part of their pursuit of social justice.