Project Zip Code Helps Grassroots Efforts
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
unions that use CUNA’s Project Zip Code know which congressional and state
legislative districts and counties their members live in without compromising
their members’ privacy.
unions are always growing, districts are changing, and members are moving
across the county—or the country, even though they keep their credit union membership,”
explained CUNA SVP of Political Affairs Richard Gose.
addition to the mobility of credit union members, the changing of legislative
districts for the 2012 election cycle is a concern of many credit unions. As
new district maps are approved, credit unions that have run the latest version
of Project Zip Code (version 12.0) will automatically have their members matched
to the current and new legislative districts.
This will give credit unions a
great advantage as we talk to new legislators and candidates about the credit
credit union advocates meet with their legislators, it is important that the
advocates show they are speaking on behalf of a larger constituency. Before
coming to Topeka or DC to meet with a policymaker, advocates can go to the PZC
website to create detailed reports that show how many credit union members live
in that legislative district. These
numbers truly show the depth and breadth of the credit union system nationwide
and stick with legislators.
an elected official, be it a Senator or County Commissioner, visits a credit
union branch, the PZC numbers again provide valuable context. The credit union
can run reports and queries within Project Zip Code to show how many of their
members are represented by the elected officials statewide down to counties and
When credit unions share these numbers with elected officials, it
informs the official how many people care about credit union issues in their
district and keeps credit union issues on their mind.
Zip Code protects the privacy of credit union members. No credit union
membership information leaves the database when a credit union participates in
Project Zip Code. The only information
uploaded to the website is the membership totals per legislative district and
to CUNA CEO Bill Cheney, "the voice of credit unions has been made stronger on
Capitol Hill and in the state legislatures by sharing the Project Zip Code
Project Zip Code is an important way for your credit union to get involved.
For more information on PZC please contact Haley DaVee at or go to www.pzconline.com/install to get