Member Giveback

The DCECU Member Giveback

For decades, DCECU has given a board-approved percentage of its annual earnings back to members in good standing1 in the form of year-end Loan Interest Rebates and Member Saver Rewards2. We are one of only a handful of credit unions in the nation to routinely give back a portion of its earnings to members.

Giveback Basics

What is the DCECU Member Giveback?

DCECU strives to maintain a healthy capital (net worth) level. Anything over that level is considered excess income and generally is given back to eligible members in the form of a Member Giveback. Typically included in the Member Giveback are our Loan Interest Rebate, Member Saver Reward and Visa® Debit Card Rebate.

  • The Loan Interest Rebate entitles members in good standing1 to get back a Board-approved percentage of the total interest paid during that year on their rebate-eligible DCECU loans.
  • The Member Saver Reward entitles members in good standing1 to be rewarded with a Board-approved percentage of the total dividends/interest earned during that year on their DCECU deposits that are eligible for the Member Saver Reward.
  • The Visa® Debit Card Rebate entitles members in good standing1 to receive a rebate of a Board-approved percentage of all net purchase transactions (debits) on their DCECU Visa® Debit Card during that year.

How often does the DCECU Member Giveback happen?

Although this credit union benefit is not guaranteed, the Member Giveback typically is given out annually on January 1.

Is a rebate-eligible loan guaranteed to receive a rebate?

No, but Loan Interest Rebates have been paid in all but one year since 1955.

2020 Giveback

DCECU gave back $15.5 million to members for 2020!

We gave back 40% of the interest that members in good standing1 had paid on their eligible loans over the course of 2020 and gave them a cash reward equal to 40% of the dividends/interest they’d earned on their savings during the year. Members in good standing1 also received a 0.125% rebate on their combined total signature-based and PIN-based Visa® Debit Card purchases for 2020.

As always, your Giveback money is all yours, and you can use it for anything you want. Build your savings. Invest in a moneymaking CD. Help your college student pay for tuition. Make a home repair. Pay off a debt. Start a vacation fund.

Have questions? Check out our list of frequently asked questions about the Member Giveback.

Giveback History

2020 marks the 40th consecutive year of DCECU’s Member Giveback.

The graph shows the Loan Interest Rebate percentages over the last 20 years.

As you can see, the Loan Interest Rebate typically had been between 12.5% and 15% from 2001 to 2010. This is what we consider to be in our long-term historical range for Loan Interest Rebates. The jump to higher rebate percentages from 2012 through 2017 was done in an effort to return money to members as we reduced excess capital – a “rainy-day fund” – that we had built up in response to The Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. Now, we expect that rebates will start to return to more normal levels.

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  1. Members in good standing are defined as those members who have at least $5 in their Share Account on December 31 of that year, have had no delinquent accounts, have not had adverse collection activities on their account, and have not had accounts charged off. Members who are in default or who have caused the credit union a loss typically are not eligible for year-end rebates and rewards. ↩︎ ↩︎2 ↩︎3 ↩︎4 ↩︎5 ↩︎6

  2. While Member Giveback rebates and rewards occur with great regularity, this credit union benefit is not guaranteed. Not all loan and deposit products are eligible for Member Giveback consideration. Some limitations apply. ↩︎