International Credit Union Day 2016:  “The Authentic Difference”

image Published: Sep 20, 2016

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year’s theme, “The Authentic Difference” celebrates what makes credit unions truly unique. On 20 October, credit unions from around the world will join forces to celebrate the day.

Credit unions are recognised as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant value in both developed and emerging nations. International Credit Union Day is sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions, the international trade association and development agency for credit unions, as well as numerous national credit union trade associations and federations around the world.

Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO said "Credit unions differ — in both philosophy and structure — from other financial institutions, In addition to community commitment and positive economic and social change, we put people before profit to provide all members with affordable financial services. This is the authentic difference that makes a real impact in our world.”

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for over 217 million members in 105 countries worldwide. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans.

The Church of Scotland continues to support and promote Credit Unions and encourages you and your Church to engage with your local credit union. See our leaflets for more information:

A Credit Union: A common Bond for a common good and 10 ways your church can get involved with Credit Unions.

Or contact

You may also be eligible to join the Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU).

The CMCU) is alliance between the Church of Scotland, the Church of England, the Methodist Church of Great Britain, the Church in Wales, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church. 

Membership of the CMCU is open to clergy and ministers, licensed lay ministers, Church of Scotland elders, trustees and employees of the member churches and church charities.

For more information and to check your eligibilty visit

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