If you’re going to give, it makes sense to do it intelligently and for the right reasons. Here are four steps to making sure your hard-earned money goes to a cause that reflects your values and will have the most impact.   Step 1: Research the organization asking you for money. Have you heard of… Read More

Phone apps have changed our lives. We now have, at our fingertips, the ability to access information 24/7, wherever we are. There are a number of useful apps that can even help you save money and track your spending.   Level Money — Are you often struggling at the end of the month to pay… Read More

Ascentra Credit Union is updating their branch located at 1710 West 3rd St. in Davenport. The remodel will start November 16 and is expected to be completed in March 2018.   The branch will remain open during the construction, which will bring the look of the building up to the level of other Ascentra branches,… Read More

The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation provided a grant of $11,745 for the purchase of 75 Chromebooks that were used during Spring Forward’s Summer Enrichment Camps for children entering kindergarten through 7th grade at Frances Willard, Rock Island Academy, Earl Hansen, Longfellow, Center for Math and Science, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools in Rock Island.  … Read More

Public Wi-Fi networks can now be found almost everywhere – in airports, coffee shops, libraries, restaurants, malls, and hotels – making it easy for anyone to connect to the Internet wherever they are.  Although these Wi-Fi hotspots can be convenient, they are not always secure, potentially exposing you to online risks and presenting an opportunity for cybercriminals to steal… Read More

More and more of our home devices – including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms – are now connected to the Internet.  This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which can in turn save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety.  These advances in technology are innovative… Read More

Paying for college or trade school usually means taking on large amounts of student loan debt.  To help, the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition is providing opportunities for members to offset the ever-increasing cost of higher education. Paying for college or trade school usually means taking on large amounts of student loan debt.   To… Read More

The bad news is that there’s a good chance your personal information was stolen during the massive data hack of Equifax, one of America’s three largest credit reporting agency. The thieves stole the social security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses of 143 million Americans—that’s about 60 percent of the adult population of the… Read More

A loud roar of excitement filled the River Center in Davenport as roughly 900 students from grades 3 to 6 cheered in preparation for a day of engaging conversations with authors at the 2017 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Students were treated to presentations from best-selling author Bruce Coville and… Read More

Halloween should be an exciting time of year for children and their parents, but too often the celebration devolves into tragedy. This season, make safety the top priority for your family.   Best Practices for Parents The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of Halloween best practices. Follow these… Read More