Inclusiv Celebrates International Credit Union (ICU) Day!

Celebrate International Credit Union Day with Inclusiv

October 21st marks International Credit Union (ICU) Day, which recognizes the history, achievements, and objectives of the global credit union movement in tackling today's challenges for a better future. We're making the world take notice of how credit unions exemplify the "people helping people" philosophy.

In celebration, Inclusiv is reflecting on the tireless work of our credit union members in bringing financial inclusion and equity to the communities they serve. While helping low- and moderate-income people and communities achieve financial independence, our network is also tackling important issues such as climate change, racial and economic inequality, and disaster relief.

Below are upcoming opportunities to join us in celebrating ICU Day by learning more and engaging with this vibrant international movement:

Building a Cross-Border Credit Union Bridge:
Juntos Avanzamos/WOCCU’s YCUP Global Networking Session

Today, October 21, 1:00 PM ET
(This webinar will be conducted in Spanish)

Juntos Avanzamos and the World Council of Credit Union’s Young Credit Union Professionals Program are hosting an international networking session to connect young professionals from across the Americas with the Juntos Avanzamos program. The goal is to share experiences, build bridges between credit unions on both sides of the border and promote the development of Latino leadership within the movement.


Michelle Carrera 
Senior Consultant, Iowa Credit Union League

Vanessa Kuduk
Vice President of Lending and Hispanic Outreach, Members CU

Keyshla Molina
Executive Director,


Credit Unions and Climate Change

At least 85 percent of the global population has experienced weather events made worse by climate change, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings come amid a major push to get countries to commit to more ambitious climate goals ahead of a United Nations summit in Glasgow, Scotland, next month.

Credit unions are taking action from becoming financial first responders in the aftermath of natural disasters to helping build more resilient communities. What can we do?

Apply Now for the Solar Lending Professional Training
and Certificate Program

The Inclusiv Center for Resiliency and Clean Energy is currently accepting applications for the virtual Solar Lending Professional Training and Certificate program. This training is designed for individuals with more than one year of lending experience who work at community-based lending institutions (credit unions, CDFIs, and community banks). The course will cover the knowledge, skills and practices needed to engage in solar lending, including market assessment, product development, working with solar installers and developers, underwriting and deal structuring, and program and asset management. This training series has been developed in partnership with the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy Center for Impact Finance, with major funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Apply Here

What else can we do?
Participate in the United In Sustainability (UIS) Summit November 15 and 16

In 2015, the United Nations Federal Credit Union created its Global Sustainability Program and in 2018, UNFCU hosted the first United in Sustainability credit union conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City with the goal to build awareness within the credit union movement about the importance of reducing the impact of our operations on the environment.

The UNFCU and Inclusiv have been supporting each other’s initiatives as embracing sustainability and helping communities move away from fossil fuels by harnessing solar or wind power are effective strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change. Register now for the United In Sustainability (UIS) Summit on November 15 and 16.


Celebration through Reflection:
A Look Back at the 2021 Inclusiv Virtual Conference --
Watch Session Videos!
At Inclusiv's 2021 Virtual Conference in September, an incredible slate of speakers addressed the tough social, racial, and economic justice issues that are part of the DNA of Community Development, CDFI and Minority Designated credit union movement.Watch each session here.


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