Differentiates a Credit Union
Other Financial Institutions?
Credit unions are cooperative,
tax-exempt financial institutions that are owned and governed
by their members. Their members share a "common bond," which relates
to where they live, work, worship or associate. Because credit
unions observe the "one member, one vote" principal, they are
truly democratic financial institutions. More broadly, they adhere
to the following nine basic tenets:
- Open and voluntary
- Democratic control
- Service to members
- Distribution to
- Building financial
- Ongoing education
- Cooperation among
- Social responsibility
Like other depository institutions, credit unions offer various
savings, checking and loan products. They are also closely regulated
and the deposits of their members are insured up to $100,000 by
the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.
The spirit of mutual self-help is integral to community development
credit unions, which consciously promote the economic and community
development of low-income communities. This commitment is formally
recognized by their designation by the National Credit Union Administration
as "low-income credit unions" and by the U.S. Department of the
Treasury as Community Development Financial Institutions.
Serves a Special Group of
Unions in New York City
NYCfNAC presently serves four Participating Credit Unions that
have an aggregate of 18,900 members and $41.4 million in total
Cooperative Federal Credit Union, chartered in 2000, serves Bushwick
in Brooklyn Community District 4 and Bedford-Stuyvesant in District
has 3,920 members.
Lower East Side People's
Federal Credit Union, chartered in 1986, serves Manhattan Community
District 3, as well as residents and employees of Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) buildings in all 5 boroughs. LESPFCU has 5,150 members.
Trust Federal Credit Union, chartered in 1997, serves Manhattan
Community District 12 in Washington Heights and Inwood and West
Harlem, and has 5,300 members.
Union Settlement Federal
Credit Union, chartered in 1957,
serves Manhattan Community District 11 in East Harlem, and has