State Employees Credit Union

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State Employees' Credit Union
TypeCredit union
IndustryFinancial services
FoundedJune 4, 1937; 86 years ago (1937-06-04)
HeadquartersRaleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Key people
Leigh Brady (CEO)
ProductsSavings; checking; consumer loans; mortgages; credit cards; investments; online banking
Total assetsIncrease $53.1B USD (June 2022)[1]
Number of employees

State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) is an American state-chartered credit union headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina regulated under the authority of the Credit Union Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. SECU member deposits are insured by National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) of the U.S. federal government. SECU is the second largest natural member credit union in the United States, both in asset size and in membership. As of August 28, 2022, SECU has $53.1 billion in assets, over 2.7 million members, and 270 branches with locations in all of North Carolina's 100 counties.[3] SECU operates the no-fee CashPoints automated teller machine network, which is the largest ATM network in North Carolina.[4] Membership in the credit union is primarily limited to employees of the state of North Carolina and their immediate family or the immediate family of current SECU members.[5]


A State Employees' Credit Union branch in Hayesville, North Carolina

State Employees' Credit Union was originally incorporated on June 4, 1937 by employees of the State of North Carolina. The credit union began with $437 in assets and 17 members and was first operated from the basement of Raleigh's Agriculture Building.[6] By 1960, the credit union grew to serve over 70,000 members and had assets of almost $25 million.[7]

By 2022, State Employees' Credit Union had grown to over $53.1 Billion in assets and 2.7 million members. This made State Employees' the second largest credit union in the United States in terms of assets and membership. Total membership amounts to approximately one-quarter of all North Carolinians.

Shared Branches[edit]

A few otherwise independent credit unions share SECU's branches.

Local Government Federal Credit Union's scope of membership is very similar to SECU's, except it is open to persons associated with county, city, and similar level government agencies in North Carolina. Originally, LGFCU and SECU were a single credit union. However, LGFCU split off in response to criticism the original credit union was accepting members beyond its scope of membership.[8]

The North Carolina Press Association Federal Credit Union (NCPAFCU) is open to employees and other persons associated with most of the newspapers that are members of the North Carolina Press Association.[9]

Community support programs[edit]

SECU building in downtown Raleigh, NC.

In 2004, SECU Foundation was formed by SECU to promote community development in North Carolina communities. The Foundation promotes local and community development by primarily funding high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services. The State Employees’ Credit Union Board of Directors chartered the SECU Foundation to help identify and address community issues that are beyond the normal scope of State Employees’ Credit Union. Funding is provided by individual members that make the contribution, enforcing the core concept of State Employees’ Credit Union as a member-owned cooperative. Projects are funded by the SECU Foundation through “member-owners of SECU,” not by the Credit Union. Therefore, credit for the projects will rightfully be awarded to the SECU members making the contributions. SECU Foundation does not fund projects outside the state of North Carolina.

In 2009, SECU announced a $4 million grant to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for their planned Nature Research Center.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] 'SECU Financial Status'
  2. ^ [2] 'Owler - SECU'
  3. ^ Financial Status State Employees Credit Union website.
  4. ^ "State Employees' Credit Union - CashPoints® ATM".
  5. ^ Membership Eligibility State Employees Credit Union website.
  6. ^ "State Employees' Credit Union Returns to its Roots in Raleigh's State Agriculture Building". Business Wire. December 12, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "State Employees' Credit Union Enhancing Current Economy and Building for the Future". Business Wire. May 29, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "The LGFCU Story". Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  9. ^ "NCPAFCU Membership Eligibility". Archived from the original on June 22, 2021. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  10. ^ "State Employees' Credit Union members promote 'green' education effort". WRAL. December 1, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2018.

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