Credit Union Difference

Greater Iowa Credit Union is a financial cooperative.  What's a co-op?  Quite simply, it’s something greater. On the outside, cooperatives look like any other business but how cooperatives are run is vastly different.  We reinvest profits and proceeds back into our cooperative membership through higher yields, lower rates, and greater overall returns.  We do not have customers - we have members.  Cooperatives are based on a very simple but very powerful philosophy – we are greater together.

Cooperative Principles

Like all co-ops, credit unions are founded on the Cooperative Principles.  These principles guide our decisions every day.

Voluntary & Open Membership

Credit unions are voluntary 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 & Independence

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. 

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