Advocacy Committees

Advocacy is the top priority of the Association. The Advocacy Committees in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island meet throughout the year to discuss legislative and regulatory priorities, attend events, and deliberate on policy matters. The Committees provide input on the items that matter most to local member credit unions. 

Advocacy Committees maintain open membership free to any CCUA member interested in lending a voice to help shape the local and national credit union advocacy platform. While a consistent advocacy front is important, attendance at every meeting is not mandatory. If credit union directors, CEOs, or staff are interested in attending, upon review of any meeting agenda, then membership and attendance is welcome. Participation by conference call is also available.

Together with meetings, Advocacy Committees also use a variety of tools with convenient delivery and 24/7 access for members to gather input to form the basis for CCUA positions and contact with policymakers:

  • Local Working Groups

    • The Association’s Working Groups represent a collection of members that bring their shared interest, expertise and talents to a complex topic for a deeper examination with the intent to build a consensus. These efforts help define parameters and shape policy positions which are incorporated into the Association’s advocacy platform. They may be formed for a single purpose or multiple issues which are debated over a brief or an extended period of time. Similar to the structure of Advocacy Committees, members may participate in one or  more sessions in-person or by teleconference. Successful Working Groups sponsored by the Association include comment letter drafting, data breach, FASB/CECL, field-of-membership, member business loans, OTR methodology, and alternative capital.

      Initial steps include the identification of emerging issues in the following arenas: regulatory, legislative, business/operational issues and local/national marketplace trends. To formulate goals and deliverables, the Working Groups engage in comment letters, studies/findings, white papers, best practices and video education/findings.
  • Conference calls

    • Audio conference meetings are an effective way for the Association to facilitate timely dialogue amongst remotely situated members in the least intrusive manner as possible. The Association facilitates the discussion using an agenda, summaries and expert presenters. Each attendee is provided an opportunity to contribute to the conversation.

      Conference calls are the primary meeting structure for the Association’s Working Groups, ongoing member briefings on important topics and advance preparation for governmental affairs forums.

  • Surveys

    • CCUA regularly solicits your input on key advocacy issues through the form of convenient online surveys. Your responses to these surveys provides the data for CCUA to strengthen its advocacy efforts before lawmakers.

  • Member Activation Program

    • The Member Activation Program (MAP), offered by CUNA, provides credit unions the opportunity to get their members engaged in credit union advocacy. The program features plug-and-play content, which credit unions deliver to members, allowing their members to discover ways to play a role in the future of their credit union.

  • Project Zip Code

    • Project Zip Code (PZC) gives credit unions the ability to tell each state and federal lawmaker how many credit union members are represented in his or her district. Association credit unions have already matched 2,232,958 constituents through PZC- but every credit union needs to participate for Project Zip Code to have its greatest legislative impact.
  • Daily Scan Updates

    • CCUA’s daily newsletter, the DailyCUScan, delivered each morning to your inbox, will keep you up to date on the credit union news of the day. Association advocacy efforts, events, and updates are staples in the Scan, where you will also find information on products, exciting news from your fellow credit unions, and more. Subscribe today

  • Advocacy Alerts

    • Advocacy alerts are sent to members when immediate action is needed, key victories are had, and for other breaking advocacy news. Be on the lookout for these alerts in your inbox to stay involved.

  • CCUA Mobile App

    • CCUA’s mobile app allows for easy access to credit union news, advocacy, the calendar of events, and educational offerings at the Association. The app features a dedicated Advocacy Events page, allowing you to see all the information you need real-time to make the most of each advocacy event. Take a moment to download the Association’s mobile app designed to provide you with all the information you need - in the palm of your hand.

To join an Advocacy Committee, or for more information on our tools, please contact the Association with your name, title, and credit union at govaff-events@ccua.org.

 

Contact Us

Contact the Association at 800-842-1242, option 8, or govaff-events@ccua.org with any questions or concerns.


Upcoming Advocacy Committee Meetings and other Events can be found on the Calendar of Events

Hike-the-Hill

Hike-the-Hill

Our annual Hike-the-Hill event held in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA provides an opportunity to meet with policy makers and regulators.
 

Access resources from the June 20-21, 2018 program here.

Advocacy Podcasts

CU Marketplace Experience Podcast: Advocacy in Action

The Advocacy in Action segments of the Credit Union Marketplace Experience Podcasts provide additional information about the Advocacy resources available.

Watch the first Advocacy podcast!