Financial Cooperative Principles
Credit Unions are voluntary, cooperative organizations, offering services to people willing to accept the responsibilities and benefits of membership. The board of directors consists of unpaid volunteers elected by the membership.
Democratic Member Control
Credit Unions are democratic organizations owned and controlled by its members, one member one vote, with equal opportunity for participation.
Members' Economic Participation
Members are the owners; they contribute to, and democratically control, the capital of Credit Unions. This benefits members in proportion to their transactions with Credit Unions rather than on their capital invested.
Autonomy and Independence
Credit Unions are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by its membership.
Education, Training and Information
Credit Unions provide education and training to members so they’ll benefit from, and contribute effectively to, the development of credit unions.
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Credit Unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the credit union’s cooperative movement by working together with other credit unions directly through local, state, regional, and national structures.
Concern for Community
Credit Unions focus on more than just members’ needs, they also work for the sustainable development of communities, including people of modest means, through policies developed and accepted by the members.