CUSO participation provides many benefits. As a CUSO, CU*Answers is able to focus on developing a unique alternative to the traditional client/ vendor relationship - one where the concepts of equity and cooperation allow for new kinds of strategic partnerships and access to opportunities. This is a big reason why CU*Answers clients and business partners are able to develop strategic alliances in ways previously unimagined.
The CU*Answers partner/ vendor model is based on several core philosophies: 
The Value of Equity... guided by the principle that CU*Answers is an extension of the credit union staff, with the same goals, strategic challenges and focus as credit union professionals.  
A Focus on Utilization... from receptionist to CEO, CU*Answers goal is that every credit union staff member becomes a power user.
Be the Best You Can Be...working with credit unions, examiners, auditors and industry professionals to ensure that CU*Answers solutions pass the test.
First to Implement...providing resources that help all CU*Answers clients move to new strategies and offerings.
Return on unions enjoy the benefits of ownership and earn income on their investment throughout the development of new CU*Answers solutions.
Guaranteeing the Difference...the CU*Answers model is about challenging solutions, both technical and human, to clearly separate our efforts from other credit union alternatives.
Access to Business Opportunities...CU*Answers consistently leverages its CUSO clout by opening doors to opportunities that its partner credit union could not open by themselves. Once accessible, CU*Answers aggregates the potential and resources of our partners for adding to the financial strength and value of its clients and partners, versus simply selling solutions. 
Marketplace Competitive Standards...CU*Answers sets the standard for competitive values and offerings in the data processing marketplace. Through the combined success of CU*Answers, its clients and its solutions can CU*Answers constantly change the way other data processors offer services to credit unions. It is CU*Answers ongoing commitment and goal to benefit the credit union industry through its leveraged CUSO influence.      
CU*Answers works to ensure that the marketplace recognizes it as a vendor whose evolution and development is based on the needs of credit unions and their members, more than the goals of a data processing firm...