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Our weekly blog addresses issues and topics of interest for Montana credit union board members. 

Filene Research Institute

Have you checked out the Filene Research Institute lately? At Filene, they’re driven to learn what makes credit unions tick. And what could make them tick even better. They spend their days connecting with leaders from credit unions, academia, public policy, business, and technology to deliver the world’s best thinking and tools to stay competitive for credit unions and cooperative finance. In addition to research reports on relevant topics, they also support their i3 group of credit union professionals who work on Ideas, Innovation, and Implementation, and host events like colloquia and webinars.
A few publications Filene released in 2015 include the following:

As you can see, these are areas of focus that are relevant and timely to discussions you may be having in the board room about products, services, and focus for your credit union’s future.

Join Filene

Find out more about how your credit union can become a member and support the Filene Research Institute's work. One of the many benefits of joining is unlimited access to Filene's research library (including all of the above publications).


At the bottom of this page, you'll find links to past blog posts organized (loosely) into four categories. Feel free to browse. The blogs are all fairly short and provide food for thought in the areas of directors' duties and responsibilities, advocacy, working with the CEO, and ideas for strategic planning.

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