Cooperative Principles

The Cooperative Principles of Credit Unions

Some think of credit unions as “just another financial institution”, but there are many fundamental differences that make credit unions a unique and preferred choice for consumers. This differentiation is driven by the business model of credit unions which adheres to the Cooperative Principles.

FFCU takes great care to deliver superior financial value to our members while also delivering on each of the eight cooperative principles. We thank our members and credit union members nationwide for the trust you place in us.

Voluntary & Open Membership

Credit unions are voluntary, not-for-profit financial cooperatives, offering services to people willing to accept the responsibilities and benefits of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

Democratic Member Control

Credit unions are democratic organizations owned and controlled by their members. Each member gets one vote, no matter their financial status, to help make the organization’s policies and decisions.

Member Economic Participation

Members are the owners of their credit union and contribute to its capital. Members, not shareholders, benefit from their credit union’s profits in proportion to their relationship and use of its products and services.

Autonomy & Indepedence

Credit unions are independent, self-reliant organizations controlled by their member-owners, not outside stockholders. When making business deals or raising money, credit unions never compromise their autonomy or democratic member control.

Education, Training & Information

Credit unions provide education and training for members, elected representatives, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the cooperative. Credit unions place particular importance on educational opportunities for their volunteer directors, and financial education for their members.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Credit unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative principles by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national, and international structures.

Concern For Community

While focusing on member needs, credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities, including people of modest means, through policies developed and accepted by the members.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Credit unions support diversity, equity and inclusion as a shared credit union cooperative principle and continue to have a responsibility and take a leadership role in building and serving more diverse, equitable and inclusive communities.