In 2015, The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation provided over $79,500 in crucial funding for 39 local organizations including a $50,000 co-sponsorship of a Habitat for Humanity House in Davenport and a four-year commitment to Junior Achievement of the Heartland that amounts to $50,000. It was also the year the foundation successfully established the Paul Lensmeyer… Read More

Serving our membership by saving them money is one of the most gratifying things we do! Did you know you’re saving money just by being an Ascentra Credit Union member? Credit unions typically charge fewer and lower fees than other financial institutions, according to the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) latest membership benefits report. Of… Read More

You might be reluctant to make upgrades when you’re ready to sell your house. After all, you won’t be in the house to enjoy them for long. And most projects recoup only 66 percent of their costs, according to the 2014 cost versus value report from Remodeling magazine. But complacency can mean your house stays… Read More

529s have become one of the most popular college savings options. Here are some basics. Looking to save for college? Take a number – the number 529 to be exact. College Savings Accounts, or 529s as they’re nicknamed (after the IRS tax code), have become all the rage in recent years. So what are they?… Read More

Credit unions have established a relationship with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to expedite loans to credit-worthy small businesses. The SBA’s finance programs enhance the ability of credit unions to provide long- and short-term loans to small businesses that might not qualify through other lending channels. Ascentra is an SBA approved lender. SBA loans can… Read More

Main Street Iowa celebrated 30 years of downtown and commercial district revitalizations at their Annual Awards Ceremony in Des Moines on Friday, April 29. Approximately 450 people from the state’s 51 districts attended a celebration dinner and award presentations.   The honors were presented by Governor Terry E. Branstad and Debi Durham, Director of the… Read More

Ten area students are one step closer to achieving their academic goals.  Each earned $1,000 to help pay for their college costs as part of the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition.  The scholarship awards five $1,000 scholarships to high school students planning to enter college.  The other five $1,000 scholarships are given to members age… Read More

How Iowa Credit Unions Benefit the State Over the past 28 years, I have dedicated my career to improving the financial lives of people living and working in the Quad-City area. Early in my career, I worked for local community banks that merged into larger, national banks. In 1999, I started working for the credit… Read More