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CUs make charitable giving efforts.

Big banks often get a bad rap as capitalists simply out to make investors and their executives very wealthy. And, from time to time, that has proven to be undeniably true. On the other end of the spectrum within the financial services industry, credit unions, a non-for-profit version of a bank, are known to pour their hearts and souls into their members, and by extension the communities in which they operate.

The reality, of course, is more nuanced. Both banks and credit unions in fact do a lot today to better the world. Collectively, they pour billions of dollars into their communities and causes that align with their respective mission. Additionally, they provide loans to small businesses, which fuel local economies. And, their employees donate countless hours to causes they care about.

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