As you now well know, credit unions are financial cooperatives.
Given the our history, it makes sense that the cooperative spirit doesn’t stop at the individual credit union’s door. And, while individual credit union members remain at the center, the credit union system has cooperative partners at the local, regional, state, national, and — yes — even international levels. In fact, a large part of the strength and ongoing success of credit unions comes from the structure and purpose of the credit union system components. Knowing how it all fits together and who does what is important to understanding your role and importance in the credit union movement.
Take a look at the graph below to get an overview, and, then, click on the links at right to learn more about each level.