CUNA Announces New Collaboration Initiative Site
The announcement was made during the 2012 America's Credit Union Conference in San Diego.
Last year, CUNA's Small Credit Union Committee affirmed previous feedback identifying back-office redundancy and lack of collaboration as one of the top issues facing credit unions and asked that CUNA develop a way to help member credit unions of all asset sizes find out more about collaborative efforts.
CUNA is introducing a new website for the collaboration of ideas and initiatives to discuss issues that affect credit unions and to find solutions when needed.
"As we explored options, we discovered that Filene Institute research shows that credit unions know that collaboration can help but say they don't cooperate or collaborate more because they aren't aware of successful efforts," said Mike Schenk, CUNA vice president of economics and statistics and CUNA's liaison to the committee. "To that end, the committee urged us to create a repository to collect examples of successful efforts and to find ways to encourage credit unions, leagues and credit union service organizations (CUSOs) to share their stories.
"As a start, we've created a website," Schenk added. "It presents users with the opportunity to join a collaboration listserv, to share information about initiatives, and to read about some of the examples of interesting cooperative efforts that seem to be making a difference. It also includes links to additional resources such as Credit Union Magazine articles and several Filene studies."
Schenk emphasized that the website is for credit unions of all sizes--not just small credit unions.
Some features of the website include:
Add Your Collaboration--A place where credit unions can click and share their collaborative efforts with other credit unions.
Featured Collaboration Projects--A short collection of various collaboration initiatives that appear to be interesting and effective examples of leagues, credit unions and/or CUSOs working cooperatively to solve problems and increase credit union effectiveness in the marketplace.
White Papers and Articles--Related to collaboration.
To view the website, use the link.
America's Credit Union Conference, which is presented by CUNA, runs until Wednesday afternoon.