Board of Directors officially clarified that you MUST be an EMPLOYEE of the National Wildlife Federation. Simply becoming a member of the National Wildlife Federation does NOT qualify a person for membership in Northwest Federal Credit Union.
Northwest Federal Credit Union continues to offer its special 6.00% APY 18-month certificate. I first posted on this CD special last Wednesday. Based on the latest information I received by email from the credit union, you can qualify for credit union membership by joining the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Here's what they stated:
the National Wildlife Foundation is considered a Select Employer Group and all employees as well as volunteers and members are eligible for membership with Northwest Federal Credit Union.
Here's an online membership application to join NWF for only a $15 fee (credit to this FW thread).
On Saturday, a customer service rep told me by phone that only employees and volunteers of NWF would qualify for credit union membership. It seems like the credit union reps have been saying yes and no to this question. I hope the email I received today will now be the consistent credit union answer to this question.
I don't know how much longer this CD will last. With a yield of 6% APY and with easy membership, it's unlikely that it will last for too long. A reader reported being told by a CSR that they received more than 100 new account applications over the weekend. It's a fairly large credit union with $1.49 billion in assets and $1.30 billion in deposits. So hopefully they'll be able to handle a large demand for this special CD and will be able to keep it going for at least a few more days.
The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 5500).
Please refer to my first post on Northern FCU for more credit union details and for comments from readers who've gone through the application process. If you've gone through the application process, please leave a comment about how it went.