The Trailhead Difference

A financial institution that conforms to fit your unique situation, not the other way around.

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Trailhead's Commitment to Members

Since 1935, we have delighted our members by providing outstanding service, offering practical financial advice, and investing back in our members and our community.

Small Enough to Know Better

Unlike big financial institutions that see you as your account number, we take pride in getting to know your unique financial situation and needs so we can help you make your dreams come true.

Banking for the Non-conformist

Membership is not about conforming. It’s about unique individuals working together towards a common goal. As a member of Trailhead, you’ll get advice and solutions as unique as you are to help you live life the way you want.

Passion for Portland

We love Portland and the people who call it home. As a credit union by members, for members, we keep our focus on the good of the PDX community.

Financial Guidance for Whatever Trail You Choose

Wherever you are on your path to financial success, we can help you navigate the trail so you can reach the summit. Whether the summit is getting out of debt, home ownership, or something else, we are proud to find creative ways to help you get there. Here are some of the most common topics we work on with our members.

Understanding Credit

Knowing how credit works and how you can use it — rather than feeling like it is using you — lays the foundation for a strong financial future.

Retirement Planning

No matter how old you are, if you’re of working age, it’s not too soon to start planning for your retirement.

Invest in Your Future

Whether you need tactics for building up your savings or advice on how to get good returns on the savings you have, we can help.

Making a Difference Where You Live, Work, and Play

Trailhead’s community involvement supports PDX life

$9,148,000 in total support to local economy in 2016

At Work in the Community

Our deep-rooted connection to Portland is inspired by the interests of the people within our neighborhoods; our purpose, is to further the welfare of the local community through social, urban, and environmental efforts.  Whether we are supporting a student via the Trailhead Annual Scholarship or volunteering at a Forest Park cleanup, our members’ community interests are our interests.

Supporting Local Businesses

Unlike big national banks who work to maximize profits to shareholders by sending jobs overseas or out of state, Trailhead prefers to work with, and primarily works with, local businesses and employees.

Helping Low and Moderate Income Individuals

Your membership with Trailhead makes it possible for us to help individuals with low to moderate income become financially self-sufficient through our educational efforts, innovative lending practices, and small business lending.

Creating Awesome Careers

We know happy employees lead to happy members. That’s why were ranked among the Top 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon. Plus, the money we put back into the community in 2016 helped create 27 jobs.

Trailhead Proudly Supports These Community Partners

 We are honored to offer assistance to a variety of non-profits that help form our successful and unique community. Here are some of the organizations we have recently supported

Follow us on Facebook to find out how you can join us in our community efforts, with volunteer and donation opportunities for these remarkable establishments. Keep Portland thriving!

Credit Unions vs. Banks: What's the Difference?

Credit Unions

Banks

Type of Organization

Not-for-profit financial cooperative

Generate profit for stakeholders

Who Owns it

Members

Stockholders

Board of Directors

Volunteer members (unpaid)

Stockholders (paid)

Income Comes From

Interest from loans, non-interest income

Investments, fees, interest from loans

Income Goes To

Members (in the form of better rates and fewer fees)

Stockholders

Who Can Join

Anyone within a designated field of membership

Anyone

Deposits Insured By

NCUA (National Credit Union Administration)

FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Access

5,600 Shared Branches

Only branches owned by the bank

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503.220.2592

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