AUSTIN, Texas (6/25/14)--Courtney Moran, executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, the Cornerstone Credit Union League's charitable arm, presented the keynote address at the National Cooperative Business Association's 2014 Co-op Talks in Austin, Texas.
The event is a town hall-style meeting designed to bring together leaders from all cooperative sectors and provide the opportunity for networking and growing strategic alliances that will advance the cooperative movement.
Moran's message, "The Importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Credit Unions and Other Cooperatives," highlighted the need for cooperation among cooperatives. She asked the audience to consider the principles and values that credit unions and other cooperatives have in common (Leaguer June 25).
"Credit unions take our credo very seriously: Not for profit, not for charity, but for service," Moran told the audience. "This effort is not meant as a charitable endeavor; it is simply good for business and will help improve our local communities. Credit unions and other cooperatives are strong forces independently, but they can be stronger together."
The Austin Co-op Talk came just a week after the Austin City Council approved a resolution drafted by the Austin Cooperative Business Association (ACBA) to foster cooperative solutions for affordable housing, quality jobs, and local food production and distribution in the city.
Moran announced that ACBA received a grant of $3,500 from the foundation to conduct a financial services survey and credit union membership drive among the association's founding member cooperatives.