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Greater Nevada Credit Union Reminds Members to Remain Diligent on Fraud & Identity Theft Protectionelderly person the phone with debit card in hand

(September 23, 2020) - Did you know that Americans have lost at least $145 million to fraud related to COVID-19? The average loss was $300 for those younger than 80, and double that for seniors 80+. Greater Nevada Credit Union constantly monitors for unusual and suspicious activity on behalf of our members using the latest technologies, but having members also understand how they can proactively identify fraud and appropriately escalate questionable activity is critically important, too. 

Here are essential tips all members should be aware of:

  • Regularly review your account activity and immediately report anything suspicious. To report suspicious activity, or file a dispute, click here.
  • NEVER give your login information, online account password or PIN (Personal Identification Numbers) to anyone. GNCU will NEVER call and ask you to verify your personal information, such as your social security number, PINs, passwords or CVV numbers from your card. If anyone calls and requests this information, even someone claiming they're from GNCU, hang up and call GNCU's fraud team immediately at (775) 334-8635.
  • Keep Greater Nevada informed with your most current contact information at all times, so we can alert you when potential fraud is detected.
  • Set up account alerts in GNCU's Personal or Business eBranches to check balances and deposit activity.
  • Download the GNCU Cards app to manage your debit card's status (turn your card on and off), and choose your preferred transaction alerts.
  • Insert — don’t swipe — your debit card. The EMV chip in your debit card provides the highest level of security available for protecting your card information. Always insert your card and avoid swiping it whenever possible.
  • Ensure that each person listed on an account has separate online banking login information. For example: Person A and Person B are both on an account together, and both Person A and Person B have separate login IDs and passwords. Please use the login information associated with yourself, not the joint owner.
  • Consider changing your password for mobile/online banking every three months. Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily. Have your password be unique — no birthdays, social security numbers, phone numbers, or any other information that is easy to figure out. Change your passwords ASAP if any companies you do business with have data that has been compromised.
  • Click here to view more helpful tips.


Greater Nevada Credit Union Contributes $30,000 to Fire Disaster ReliefGreater Nevada lends a hand!

(September 14, 2020) - To assist with disaster relief during this devastating fire season, Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) has donated $30,000 to three different credit unions coordinating relief efforts in California and Oregon. Rogue Credit Union Foundation in Medford, Ore.; Redwood Credit Union Community Fund in Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Sierra Central Credit Union in Yuba City, Calif. will each receive $10,000 to assist with ongoing relief efforts.

"With so many new fires burning through forests and foothills across California and Oregon, credit unions are stepping up to help their communities in their greatest time of need", said GNCU CEO, Wally Murray. "We want to support our neighboring credit unions as they serve their members and help their communities rebuild."

Institutions receiving these donations understand the critical role that member-owned financial institutions play in rebuilding communities and providing vital services to disaster victims. Many credit unions are coordinating donations for relief and launching special financial programs such as low-interest loans and grants aimed to help those displaced or impacted by the fires.

GNCU encourages community members, other businesses, and financial institutions to consider donating to wildfire relief efforts.

 


Greater Nevada Credit Union Partners as Official Drop-off Location for the Education Alliance of Washoe County's Distance Learning Laptop Drive at Sparks Vista and South Reno BranchesEducation Alliance of Washoe County - Proud Partner in Education

(September 14, 2020) - Greater Nevada Credit Union is proud to announce that the Sparks Vista Boulevard and South Reno branches are now official drop-off locations to support the Education Alliance of Washoe County's Distance Learning Laptop Drive. 11,000 Washoe County School District students are in need of a laptop, and Education Alliance’s goal is to provide equitable access to technology for students to continue their learning and connect with their teachers and classmates, regardless of their means. 

Donations are accepted through October 16, and all donated laptops will have their data safely and securely erased before going on to benefit a student in need. Click here to learn more about this Greater community program. 

 

 

Eagle's Catch


Greater Commercial Lending Brokers First Ever USDA CARES Act Loan

(September 8, 2020) - The first USDA Business and Industry CARES Act loan, intended to protect America’s small farms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, went to an aquaculture farm in Iowa and was brokered by Carson City-based Greater Commercial Lending (GCL). These CARES Act loans provide working capital to help rural businesses prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Joe Sweeney, owner and operator of Eagle’s Catch, and his team raise high-quality tilapia in the small town of Ellsworth, Iowa – population 499. Joe and many other of America’s small-town farmers are a cornerstone to the nation’s economy and food systems, but they certainly weren’t immune to challenges brought on by the pandemic. The collapse of America’s small farms could lead to food insecurity for many Americans, making it crucial to protect these businesses financially.
 
“Securing this $2.3 million loan will allow Eagle’s Catch to continue thriving despite challenges brought about by COVID-19,” Sweeney said. “We had heard that Greater Commercial Lending was one of the top resources in the nation for these types of loans. The GCL team worked with us to ensure we had the best chance of receiving this loan and protecting our business so that Eagle's Catch can continue to provide safe, fresh and sustainable seafood to American families through engaging rural communities."
 
"Eagle's Catch is a perfect example of how Iowans are working with stakeholders nationwide to spur great opportunities for investment, job creation and agricultural diversification in our state,” said Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture. “Joe and his Eagle's Catch team are going to make waves by reducing U.S. dependency on Chinese seafood and growing a new sustainable protein right here in Iowa."
 
Greater Commercial Lending, a subsidiary of Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU), are leaders in the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (SBA PPP) and CARES Act loan brokerage for businesses in Nevada and beyond. GNCU and GCL closed 5,901 SBA PPP loans totaling $583 million. That included over 2,100 loans to Nevada-based companies for more than $137 million funding 17,296 jobs.
 
“This is an unprecedented time of need for businesses across the country,” said Jeremy Gilpin, Executive Vice President of GCL. “Through CARES Act programs, we can help save jobs and create new ones in rural America, by helping companies access capital during these challenging times.”
 
Click here to learn more about Greater Commercial Lending and loan options available to businesses.

 


2021 Board of Directors Positions Open - Applications Accepted Through October 1, 2020

(August 31, 2020) - Greater Nevada Credit Union's Board of Directors set the strategic course for the credit union and oversees its general activities. Directors serve as volunteers. They receive no compensation, though we invest in their training and involvement in the credit union industry. Are you interested in serving your fellow Greater Nevada Credit Union members?

We have two positions available on the Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning in March 2021. Click here to learn more information and download the application form.

 

 

Greater Nevada Credit Union's New Sparks Vista Boulevard Branch is Now Open!

GNCU's New Sparks Vista Branch(August 20, 2020) - Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) is very excited to share the brand new, state-of-the-art Sparks Vista branch is now open and ready to serve members. This branch is conveniently located just off I-80 on Vista Blvd., making it very favorable for members who live in the surrounding communities, plus fellow members who pass through this area on a regular basis.

Members and perspective non-members are invited to come say hi and receive exceptional service from the friendly branch staff Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Members may also take advantage of one walk-up and two drive-up Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) to handle banking needs through live video chat with a Member Service Representative over extended hours of Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Traditional ATM transactions are available 24/7 at each of the ITMs as well. Click here to learn more about this new branch. 

 

 

Greater Nevada Credit Union Awards $60,000 in Scholarships to the Class of 2020

(June 10, 2020) - Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) has awarded 31 Nevada students with scholarships to continue their academic pursuits through the GNCU Scholarship Program.

Scholarship recipients were selected from a competitive pool of 139 applicants. Twenty-nine winners will receive a $2,000 scholarship each, and two winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship each based on the timing of their graduation and enrollment.

The winners were selected from communities throughout Nevada and will attend institutions throughout the country including the University of Nevada, Reno; Washington State University; Boise State University; New York University; Western Governors University and more.

"We’re thrilled to celebrate these students, who have all maintained a commitment to the community and their studies in incredibly challenging times", said Dean Altus, Chief Credit and Retail Officer at GNCU. "These graduating seniors show us what it means to be resilient. I speak for all of our members when I say we are thrilled to help them continue their aspirations of earning a college degree."

This is the 20th year of the annual Scholarship Program. GNCU has helped 350 students pursue their educational goals after high school, awarding more than $490,000 in total scholarships over the years.

The Scholarship Program is part of the GNCU commitment to allow our members to Live Greater. All GNCU members and their families are eligible to apply. Scholarship winners are selected based on financial need, academic performance, community involvement, and educational/professional goals. The scholarships can be used for tuition, course registration, special classes or laboratory fees, room and board, textbooks and class materials.

Click here to view a full list of all scholarship recipients and their schools.

 

$41,000 Donation to the Wolf Pack Marching Band

Since this greater partnership started in 2012, more than $340,000 has been raised to Back the Band – providing funds for uniforms, instruments, travel and scholarships. Thanks in part to GNCU’s support, the band has also grown from 120 to more than 180 members. Click here to learn more about GNCU's partnership with the University of Nevada.


A Remarkable Night at the 2019 Renown Children's Hospital Magic Gala

Greater Nevada was honored to be the title sponsor of this year's Magic Gala, which helped raise over $550,000 for the young patients at Renown Children's Hospital. We were also very excited to surprise 3-year-old Howie Zink with a brand new custom bike! Howie spent his first 23 days in the Renown Children's Hospital NICU after surgery for Gastroschisis. That experience forever changed his mom, and now he can continue to live greater on his new bike thanks to care he received.


GNCU Provides Free Tuition!

Congratulations to Rhys York, the winner of one year's tuition at the University of Nevada, Reno! Thanks for making a half-court shot during a special contest sponsored by GNCU at the 2019/20 Wolf Pack men's basketball season opening game. Click here to view a featured segment on the accomplishment by KTVN Channel 2 News, and click here to learn more about GNCU's partnerships with the University of Nevada, Reno.


New Fernley Branch Opens

Greater Nevada Credit Union's new Fernley Branch opened in September 2019 on E. Newlands Road in Fernley. Located near the Fernley Walmart and Interstate 80, the branch offers the latest in banking technology and service. Learn more about the new branch here.

Alert: Fraudulent Text Messages

Fraud Alert: We want to make members aware of scammers posing as the GNCU Fraud Department. These scammers are texting members and asking to confirm or deny transactions. If you respond “N” or "NO" to deny, you may receive a call from the scammer asking for your account information – including debit card numbers, account activity and eBranch credentials.

These texts are not associated with GNCU and we want to remind you to never give your debit PIN or passwords to anyone – including our staff. If you find your card or eBranch account may have been compromised, please contact Falcon Fraud immediately at (844) 404-8472 or the GNCU Fraud Team at (775) 334-8635.

Important Reminder About Avoiding Fraud

Don't forget! GNCU will never contact you requesting personal information. Also, be aware of potential scams asking you to send funds to a third party, and don’t deposit or spend funds that were unsolicited or unexpected. If you have questions or concerns about your GNCU account, call (800) 421-6674 or email alertfraud@gncu.net. Or learn more about protecting yourself against fraud here.

GNCU Voted Best Credit Union & Best Bank 2019

Greater Nevada Credit Union took first place in the 'Best Credit Union' and 'Best Bank' categories in Reno News & Review's Best of Northern Nevada 2019. Our subsidiary, Greater Nevada Mortgage, also took second place this year in the 'Best Mortgage Company' category. Thank you to all the readers who voted for us!

Click here to see a complete list of all of this year's winners.

Now Available! Get More with the New GNCU Cards App

Enjoy more control, convenience and peace of mind with the new GNCU Cards app, designed to make your GNCU Visa debit card work smarter. You can easily:
  • Turn your card(s) on/off
  • Get transaction alerts
  • Travel notices
  • Use Visa Checkout for easy online purchases
  • And much more
Learn more and download the app today!

Greater Nevada Consistently Recognized as a Best Place to Work  2019 Best Places To Work

Since 2008, Greater Nevada has been recognized as one of the best places to work in northern Nevada.  This year, Greater Nevada, which encompasses our Credit Union, Greater Nevada Mortgage and Greater Commercial Lending employees, was a Best Places to Work Finalist in the extra-large company category.

We’re proud to be among many incredible companies in our region being recognized for their commitment to their employees.

Visit our careers page to review available opportunities to join our team and see the many ways we help our employees live greater!


Celebrating 70 Years of Helping More People Live Greater! 70 Years of Greater

Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) was officially formed on January 24, 1949 to serve State of Nevada employees. Seventy years later, GNCU serves nearly 70,000 members and is open to everyone living or working in Nevada. Our passion is to help more people live greater, and to celebrate seven decades of doing just that, we had a 70 day celebration featuring random winners every seven days. Plus, there will be additional giveaways and promotions throughout the year as well. 

Making a Mobile Deposit Just Got Easier!

When making a remote deposit using Greater Nevada’s mobile banking app, it will now automatically take a picture of your check for you. Simply follow the process as usual and the app will do the rest. It’s that easy! Plus, this new capture process gives higher quality pictures of checks that are deposited.

Don’t have Greater Nevada’s mobile app yet? Click here to learn about the benefits of mobile banking and download the app today!

Greater Nevada Receives Third USDA Lender of the Year Award Lender Of The Year

For the third year in a row, Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) was named the National Lender of the Year by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) thanks to the efforts of GNCU's subsidiary, Greater Commercial Lending. In 2018 GNCU obligated more than $449 million in loans, all guaranteed by the agency’s programs, representing a nearly 400% increase over loan obligations from 2016. In Nevada alone, GNCU obligated $314,851,300 in guaranteed loans.