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Why volunteer groups?

Oikocredit Support Associations are collectives of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International cooperative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations based in the US – the Western Pennsylvania Support Association and the Oikocredit Northwest Support Association based in Seattle. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.


Updates and Events

Annual Meeting 2015 Was One of "Hellos" and "Goodbyes" for the Board

11/15 The Annual Meeting of 2015 brought great changes to our board. While we had to say goodbye to some of our long-serving friends, we welcome our new and returning members of the board. Get to know a little about them in their bios below. full story

Oikocredit WPSA 2014 Annual Meeting

10/14 Join us on Sunday, November 2nd from 3pm-5pm at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Special guest speaker Sharlene Brown will speak about "Women in Development: A New Mother's Perspective". full story

Oikocredit Welcomes 2 New Board Members

02/15 Two amazing young women have joined the Oikocredit WPSA Board of Directors, Rachel Peters and Erin Morse. Rachel Peters: Rachel Peters recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a ... full story

Annual Meeting 2013 was a success!

12/20 The Western PA Support Association had a great general annual meeting on November 24, 2013. It was a great success with a total of about 25 participants, hosting a combination of current and ... full story

Welcome Rashawna!

06/04 We would like to welcome our new intern, Rashawna, to the Oikocredit Western PA team! full story

Website Launch

11/22 We are very excited to have a website of our support association.  Don't forget to visit our events page and become a member! full story

Past Events

Annual Meeting 2015 Was One of "Hellos" and "Goodbyes" for the Board

Nov 15 The Annual Meeting of 2015 brought great changes to our board. While we had to say goodbye to some of our long-serving friends, we welcome our new and returning members of the board. Get to know a little about them in their bios below. full story

Annual Meeting 2015 Brought Exciting Changes to OikoWPSA

Nov 15 Oikocredit WPSA recently held its annual meeting at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. The event featured Oiko board members and supporters from all across the region. Our special guest speaker, Sharlene Brown, the national director of Oikocredit USA, was there to update our community on the exciting new changes coming to Oiko. full story

Oikocredit WPSA Board President Recognized

Women of Achievement AwardMar 16 Charlotte Lott, Oikocredit WPSA Board President, was honored with the Women of Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Celebrate & Share Awards Dinner, benefiting Cribs for Kids for her amazing work ... full story

Oikocredit Represented at Global Solutions' International Happy Hour

Sep 30 West Penn Oikocredit interns attended Global Soultions' International Happy Hour along with many other internationally-focused organizations. The meet and greet was a great opportunity to spread ... full story

Board Members Host Booth at Disciples of Christ General Assembly in Florida

Jul 25 Lois Hurt and Eileen Kraus-Dobratz spent five days in Florida at the Disciples of Christ General Assembly from July 13-17, 2013. They represented Oikocredit along with Oikocredit USA National ... full story

Engendering Development Colloquium and Community and Cooperative Fair

P1050965.jpgApr 13 Our support association was invited to speak at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Engendering Development Colloquium and Community and Cooperative Fair.  We heard from other speakers about ... full story

Voices from the Field: Cooperatives in Bulgaria

AMG Flyer 2012Nov 14 At our Annual Meeting 2012 we learned about Oikocredit's project partners in Bulgaria. full story

An Update from Oikocredit WPSA

July 2016


Dear Oikocredit Member, Investor, Friend: 

We at Oikocredit Western Pennsylvania Support Association (WPSA) want to provide you with additional information related to investing in Oikocredit, to supplement what you received from the national and international offices. 

One goal of Oikocredit is to give churches and individuals a way to invest their assets in ways consistent with their values.  For a number of reasons, the Oikocredit USA and Pennsylvania note programs are being discontinued.  Information about the wind-down of these programs for current investors is available on the Oikocredit USA website: 

There are three options for how funds can currently be invested in Oikocredit and work to alleviate global poverty while serving as a financially sound investment.  The first option is probably the most relevant:  

  •  Individuals and churches can purchase a “Community Investment Note” targeted at Oikocredit from Calvert Foundation.  Minimum investment is $1,000.  The prospectus and application form are available on the website:     
    Contact information:  800.248.0337 
  •  Accredited investors according to US law, with a high net worth or income, can invest in the Oikocredit International Share Foundation. Information is available on the Oikocredit International website: 
    Inquiries can be made by contacting Leonard Sprik at:  
  • Institutions or groups can become voting members of Oikocredit International Cooperative.  More information is available on the Oikocredit International website. 

By the end of 2016 we expect to have a way to invest in Oikocredit for churches and faith-based institutions via a denominational foundation.  We will contact you with this information when it becomes available. 

We hope that in the future there will be additional ways you can continue to have your investments support credit for the world’s poorest in a financially sound and efficient manner.  Some options being developed are a savings account with FDIC insurance and specifically-targeted crowd-funding.  

You could also consider using some of your funds as a tax-deductible donation to the WPSA Share Fund which is directed to Oikocredit shares.  This money will directly further Oikocredit’s mission in reaching low-income earners.   
To donate: write a check to Oikocredit WPSA and mail it to the address below.   

As a Support Association, we have been educating people about how Oikocredit, as a worldwide cooperative and social investor, provides funding to the microfinance sector, fair trade organizations, cooperatives, and small to medium enterprises.  This funding empowers low-income earners to realize a better future for themselves and their families.  Oikocredit provides more than just financing; it provides capacity building to help partner organizations acquire knowledge, improve planning, and strengthen governance.  Oikocredit has developed a model of development financing that makes certain our lending practices bring lasting benefits to our clients.  

Oikocredit Western Pennsylvania Support Association will continue to support Oikocredit through education about sustainable development and communication with our members.  Thank you for your generous response to the call to love our neighbors.  We hope you will continue to use your funds to alleviate global poverty.  If you have any questions or need assistance with your investment, please contact us. 



Charlotte E. Lott 
Board President 


Oikocredit Western Pennsylvania Support Association 
116 S. Highland Ave. 
Pittsburgh, PA  15206 



P.S. Current Board Member Katie Haas attended the Oikocredit Annual General Meeting in June.  To follow what happened, check out our blog. 

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