About WF

 

Who We Are

Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions is both the international development and charitable arm of the World Council for Credit Unions, whose 89-country membership is made up of 34 national associations, three regional associations and six credit owned businesses. 

Our Mission

To improve lives through credit unions and financial cooperatives.

Our Vision

To expand financial inclusion worldwide through the global credit union community.

Our Belief

All people should have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services.

Field Notes


Read our success stories
from the global credit union
movement to see how your credit union
can grow and be the difference
for millions worldwide.

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Our Board of Directors

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Union's Board of Director's is an eight-member governing body, composed of credit union industry leaders that are committed to the Foundation's role as World Council's fundraising resource.

 
 

Meet the WF Team

The Foundation's staff is composed of over three decades of experience in the credit union industry and financial inclusion sector, striving to improve lives through the cooperative model. 

 
President/CEO

Brian Branch

Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions, was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at World Council since 1990 and has been engaged in development fieldwork, research and implementation for more than 30 years.Full Bio
Director of Financial Inclusion

Megan O'Donnell

Megan O’Donnell joined the World Council as the Director of Financial Inclusion in 2017 after initially worked with the World Council as a technical expert.  She is focused on expanding the international development project portfolio with the team in Washington.Full Bio
Executive Director

Mike Reuter

Mike Reuter joined the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WF), the official gift-receiving and field engagement arm of the World Council, in 2017 as Executive Director. He leads the strategic vision for WF, focusing on maximizing revenue opportunities, streamlining operations and engaging new audiences to implement specific fundraising initiatives.Full Bio
 
Director of Donor Relations

Ann Heiden

Ann Heiden has more than 15 years of non-profit management experience focused on fundraising operations and corporate sponsorships in industries covering health, education and community. She also performs prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and closing of major gifts from credit unions, vendors, individuals and non-traditional supporters.Full Bio
Business Development Manager

Gulbahar Okuyan

Gulbahar Okuyan is our Business Development Manager, leading WOCCU’s project development initiatives. Prior to WOCCU, Gulbahar has worked for a number of international NGOs managing projects and proposals in the finance, agriculture, SME development, trade, ICT, and monitoring and evaluation sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and economics from the George Washington University.Full Bio
Worldwide Foundation Associate

Lisa Person

Lisa has been in the financial industry for over 18 years and has served on several non-profit boards. Her passion to help others through financial inclusion has been enhanced through WOCCU and our development work.