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Don't miss these networking opportunities at the 2015 CCMA Conference!

ccma-600-web 8c801At the 2015 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference, you’ll join in a national conversation on how the food co-op sector can thrive in an increasingly competitive environment. To encourage this critical conversation to grow and continue beyond the conference, you’ll find plenty of time for networking built into the program June 11 – 13 in Boise, Idaho.  

The CCMA Conference is less than a month away, but it’s not too late to register. Just click here. View a detailed program schedule here.

CCMA Tours, June 11, 1 – 5 p.m. All tours include a stop at the Boise Co-op and bus transportation to and from conference hotels. Admission is included in your registration package. Choose from the following concurrent options.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Wine & Co-op Tour Join this Organic Valley-sponsored tour to explore family-owned and operated Huston Vineyards on Chicken Dinner Road in Idaho’s Snake River Valley Wine Region. Enjoy a selection of cheeses and cured meats catered by Organic Valley to complement the wine tasting and take home a Huston Vineyards wine glass. On the way back to Boise, this tour stops at Boise Co-op, which proudly sells Huston Vineyards wine.

Ribbon of Jewels Parks and Monuments Tour This low-impact tour sponsored by Capital Impact Partners stops at Boise Co-op before exploring three Boise parks. The Boise River Greenbelt serves as the “ribbon” stringing together these parks, or “jewels,” each named after one of Boise’s women patrons. This tour will also stop at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and the Boise Zoo.

Boise Bike Tour Boise Bicycle Project, a non-profit bike co-op, will lead the Boise Bike Tour and provide a bike safety course beforehand to ensure road safety. You will explore stretches of Boise’s Greenbelt before biking to Boise Co-op and back to the hotel.

Peaceful Belly Farm Tour A supplier for Boise Co-op, Peaceful Belly grows close to 200 types of mostly heirloom-variety vegetables, never uses GMO seeds and is certified Organic by the state of Idaho. On this tour, observe how Peaceful Belly’s vegetables, herbs, flowers, berries and chickens are raised. Peaceful Belly donates 1,000 pounds of food to hunger outreach programs and offers classes and workshops on gardening and cooking fresh, local foods.

Party at the Pen, June 11, 6 – 8 p.m. Our theme this year is “Break Through,” so we’re indulging in a little humor and kicking things off at Boise’s historic Old Idaho Penitentiary, once home to some of the West’s most notorious outlaws. Enjoy locally-sourced food, beer and wine along with photo-ops at this picturesque complex of stone buildings and rose gardens, courtesy of sponsor National Cooperative Bank. This party benefits the Howard Bowers Fund and is included in your registration package. Buses will run between the hotel and the Pen beginning at 6 p.m.

Co-op After Dark & Karaoke, June 12, 9 – 11 p.m. After dinner in downtown Boise, join conference attendees back at the Riverside Hotel’s Sapphire Lounge for drinks, dessert and Karaoke, sponsored by How Good.

Basque Block Party, June 13, 6 – 9 p.m. Boise is home to one of the world’s largest Basque communities—second only to Northern Spain’s Basque Region. (That region's leading business is the federation of worker co-ops known as Mondragon.) Boise's “Basque Block,” between 6th and Capital Boulevard on Grove Street, is a hub of Basque art, music, food, culture and history. It’s also the site for the CCMA wrap party on June 13 from 6 – 9 p.m., hosted by Boise Co-op. We’re shutting down the entire block and stocking up on white wine sangria, Spanish tapas and paella catered by nearby Basque Market. Enjoy a Basque dance performance and tour the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, where hundreds of years of rich history come to life. Bonus points if you dress in traditional Basque colors—red, green and white! Buses begin leaving from the conference hotels at 6 p.m. and will run every 20 minutes. Admission to this party is included in your registration package.


A special thanks to the following sponsors of CCMA networking events:  

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Local feedback to guide NCBA CLUSA’s approach to coffee stabilization in El Salvador

coffee 10369NCBA CLUSA El Salvador last month held a workshop for 90 coffee growers to help shape a local response to coffee rust, a coffee plant killing disease that jeopardizes the livelihoods of thousands of rural households who depend on coffee production.

Coffee rust weakens coffee trees, compromising the quality of the next season’s coffee berries and dramatically reducing yield, if not destroying the plant altogether. Neighboring Guatemala declared a state of agricultural emergency in 2013 after the fungus destroyed 70 percent of the national crop.

The workshop falls under NCBA CLUSA’s monetization project to restore coffee crops and stabilize coffee production in El Salvador, which plays a significant role in regional coffee production.

The feedback gathered from the coffee growers will be analyzed by project staff and used to guide NCBA CLUSA El Salvador’s approach to the threat.

“This information will help to define future joint activities to contribute to coffee rehabilitation,” said Anaí Sorto, communication specialist for NCBA CLUSA El Salvador.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Coffee Stabilization Project will work with 7,500 producers, 50 producer organizations and cooperatives, along with government agencies and the private sector. NCBA CLUSA will monetize 20,000 metric tons of hard red winter wheat and 8,725 metric tons of soybean meal over four years to bolster the coffee value chain and expand the trade of agricultural products.

“This project comes at the right time. The farmers will greatly benefit from this value chain fortification,” Stanley Kuehn, NCBA CLUSA’s regional director for Latin America, said at the project launch in November.


Silent auction donations needed to help Bowers Fund support food co-ops

bowers-fund-500 b43b9The Cooperative Development Foundation's Howard Bowers Fund is seeking donations from the co-op community for its 2015 Silent Auction to be held during the the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference in Boise, Idaho, June 11 – 13. The CCMA Conference is the fund's biggest fundraiser of the year. 

Auction items range from co-op t-shirts, reusable shopping bags, gift baskets and other "swag" items to complimentary registrations to the top co-op conferences. Please consider a donation that showcases your co-op. 

The proceeds from the auction will support training for cooperative boards and staff at CCMA and throughout the year. Donations to the event will be advertised on the CCMA website and on social media.

Since 1994, the Howard Bowers Fund has provided more than $380,000 in scholarships to fund board and staff training for new and established food co-ops and scholarships to CCMA and Up and Coming, Up and Running. More than 25 people will attend CCMA 2015 on a scholarship from the Bowers Fund. 

To donate to the auction, please complete this form and return with any related collateral material. 

To learn more about the Bowers Fund and CCMA, visit www.ccma.coop.


World Council resumes credit union project in post-Ebola Liberia

woccu-liberia-web 990cdThe World Council of Credit Unions is resuming its efforts to strengthen the credit union sector in Liberia, which was recently declared Ebola-free. The organization's project in the West African country is expected to provide financial services to often unbanked rural populations. World Council published this report

After a nine-month suspension due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia last year, the World Council of Credit Unions has revived its model credit union building project that aims to bank 40,000 Liberians previously without access to financial services.

The Ebola virus, which led World Council to withdraw its project manager from the country, has been on the wane since March. In April, World Council Chief of Party Patrick Muriuki returned to Liberia to resume his management position.

World Council, with MasterCard Foundation funding through the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), has partnered with the Liberian Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) to rebuild the credit union sector devastated by15 years of civil war. Representatives from each organization met recently in Monrovia to discuss next steps.

"We are quite pleased to restart a project that will bring access to financial services to thousands of Liberians over the next two years," said Peter Graves, World Council senior vice president for Technical Services. "Although we had to place the project on hold, LCUNA and its credit union members never stopped their efforts to bring in new members and provide loans to help Liberians thwart Ebola's destructive impact."

LCUNA Board Chair Saye Biyie was especially grateful to UNCDF and World Council for re-engaging in Liberia.

"This project is our heart," Biyie said. "It represents the difference—literally—between life and death for many Liberians. We are grateful to UNCDF and World Council on their decision to re-start the project."

Prior to the civil wars that started in 1989, Liberia had a thriving credit union sector that World Council helped create in the 1970s. The current project's objective is to develop four regional credit unions to serve as models for the rest of the sector and strengthen the national association so it can better serve its members.

Hermann Messan, representing UNCDF, reiterated his agency's commitment to the Liberian people and support of the Government of Liberia's financial inclusion strategy. UNCDF views the credit union movement revitalization as the key to empowering rural people through financial inclusion, especially since this aligns well with the government's strategy and the Central Bank of Liberia's action plan.

"UNCDF has been active in this country for many years—even in the midst of the Ebola crisis—and this stakeholders' workshop is the best mechanism to resume the project and get all parties realigned towards the targets and the objective of bringing positive change in the rural communities," Messan said.

"Liberians are a tough lot; they've been through years of civil war. No Ebola virus is going to stop them from improving their lives, and credit unions are central to this effort," Muriuki said.


Survey results reveal untapped co-op potential

survey-says-web f4566According to the first public opinion survey on cooperatives in more than a decade, a majority of Americans surveyed strongly believe co-ops are beneficial to consumers, despite their general lack of awareness of the philosophy governing the cooperative business model.

Unveiled on May 6 during the 2015 Annual Cooperatives Conference by Mike Beall, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA, and Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, the survey results indicate that even among co-op membership, awareness of the co-op business model is not always apparent. Of those surveyed, only 25 percent identified as co-op members, but when counting respondents who said they belong to a credit union, utility co-op or mutual insurance company, the number rises to 43 percent.

Despite only a minority (7 percent) indicating that they are “very familiar” with the philosophy of cooperatives, a large majority of respondents (70 percent) said co-ops are helpful to consumers.

“The cooperative movement is at a crucial tipping point,” Beall said. “More and more Americans are connecting with the principled and consumer-focused nature of the co-op model and this survey clearly reveals that shift.”

Specifically, respondents rated co-ops higher than for-profit businesses in each of the following value indicators, often by margins of 15 – 20 percentage points:

• Have the best interests of the consumer in mind
• Run business in a trustworthy manner
• Committed to/involved in their communities
• Committed to the highest quality of service
• Offer fair, competitive prices
• Can be counted on to meet customers’ needs
• Provide products/services of high value

For-profit businesses scored higher only in the “offer customers more choices” category, and only by 5 percentage points.

“I think we can feel good about most of these findings,” Brobeck said. “The American public may not have a detailed understanding of cooperatives, but they have a very positive feeling toward co-ops, and I think that positive feeling is what motivates consumer decisions to a large extent.”

That positive feeling toward the co-op business model is mirrored by members of Congress, Beall said. During dozens of “Hike the Hill” meetings the previous day, NCBA CLUSA members and supporters met with an unprecedented 36 Congressional offices and received “generally very positive responses,” Beall said, even if lawmakers were fuzzy on the details. The visits were meant to educate Congress members about the scope and influence of the cooperative movement and urge them to join a Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus.

Raising awareness of the co-op business model—among Congress members and the American public—is a matter of continuing to build cross-sector connections that harness the collective influence of the co-op movement, Beall continued.

“We know the numbers: 1 in 3 Americans are co-op members, 75 percent of the U.S. landmass is served by electric co-ops and more than 100 million people now identify as credit union members. We’ve got to keep connecting the sectors. That’s where we really are powerful,” he said.


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    NCBA CLUSA is dedicated to the continued growth and strengthening of cooperative businesses across the United States. Cooperatives at all levels provide a much needed and sought after alternative to other business models. Throughout the United States, NCBA CLUSA is working with local cooperatives to embed them as permanent fixtures in their local economy. Through the implementation of cooperative development grants, NCBA CLUSA is providing support and training to coops across all cooperative sectors, through case studies and economic impact research. Using that research and the power of the collective cooperative voice, NCBA CLUSA advocates on Capitol Hill on behalf of coops, fighting to maintain or increase government funding for cooperative programs and securing access to legislature that protects the cooperative business model.

    Our domestic development work is grounded in our three-part mission:

    • to raise the profile of cooperatives
    • to promote and protect the cooperative business enterprise model
    • to drive cross-sector collaboration among cooperatives in keeping with Principle 6 of the Cooperative Principles

    We believe in collaboration, and in bringing value to the many efforts already underway through our cooperative development partners and intermediaries that are doing the necessary ‘boots on the ground’ cooperative development work.

    In our role as facilitator, convener, and financing partner, we assist our partners in their work with strengthening the structure, reach and financial sustainability of existing cooperatives, and as well as their efforts to establish new cooperatives. In particular we are collaborating with Cooperation Works! and Cooperative Development Centers across the country to develop more diverse – and sustainable – funding for their important work.

    We are responding to local and regional nationwide that are interested in establishing Cooperative Business Associations, with the intent of creating local cooperative ‘chambers of commerce’ to drive the financial success of cooperatives in these associations, raise the profile of cooperatives in their communities, and foster cross-collaboration among cooperatives.

    Using the power of cooperative development work and our collective cooperative voice, NCBA CLUSA advocates on Capitol Hill on behalf of cooperatives, fighting to maintain or increase government funding for cooperative programs and securing access to legislation that protects the cooperative business enterprise model.

    Throughout the United States, NCBA CLUSA is working with cooperatives and cooperative development organizations to embed cooperatives in their local and regional economies. With our partners NCBA CLUSA supports cooperative development, funds cooperative education, and promotes the need for research to continually strengthen the case for cooperatives in our economy.

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    COOPERATIVE BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS (CBA'S)
    OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH CooperationWorks AND THE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
    LINKS TO OTHER COOPERATIVE ORGANIZATIONS
    REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET/USDA RCDG GRANT
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For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has encouraged communities to live cooperatively, harnessing the uncommon power of common purpose. NCBA CLUSA applies cooperative principles in development, advocacy, and education.

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  Pat Brownell Sterner, Chief Operating Officer Click Here To Email Pat 202-638-6222   Thomas Bowen,  Director of Membership Click Here to Email Thomas Bowen 202.383.5461                           The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA (NCBA CLUSA) represents a cross-sector co-op community of more than 40,000 businesses that control over $3 trillion in assets.  We unite co-ops by promoting the cooperative business model, driving cross-sector collaboration, and being the national ‘voice’ for cooperatives to raise the profile of co-ops everywhere. Our work is grounded in our three-part mission:
 To raise the profile of cooperatives
 To promote and protect the cooperative business enterprise model To drive cross-sector collaboration among cooperatives in keeping with Principle 6 of the Cooperative Principles       We believe in collaboration, and in bringing value to the many efforts already underway through our cooperative development partners and intermediaries that are doing the necessary ‘boots on the ground’ cooperative development work. In our role as facilitator, convener, and financing partner, we assist our partners in their work with strengthening the structure, reach and financial sustainability of existing cooperatives, as well as efforts to establish new cooperatives.  We are collaborating with Cooperation Works! and Cooperative Development Centers across the country to develop more diverse – and sustainable – funding for their important work. We are responding to local and regional nationwide that are interested in establishing Cooperative Business Associations, with the intent of creating local cooperative ‘chambers of commerce’ to drive the financial success of cooperatives in these associations, raise the profile of cooperatives in their communities, and foster cross-collaboration among cooperatives. Using the power of cooperative development work and our collective cooperative voice, NCBA CLUSA advocates on Capitol Hill on behalf of cooperatives, fighting to maintain or increase government funding for cooperative programs and securing access to legislation that protects the cooperative business enterprise model. Throughout the United States, NCBA CLUSA is working with cooperatives and cooperative development organizations to embed cooperatives in their local and regional economies. With our partners NCBA CLUSA supports cooperative development, funds cooperative education, and promotes the need for research to continually strengthen the case for cooperatives in our economy.   OUR FOCUS NCBA CLUSA takes very seriously its role as CONVENER of cooperatives and cooperators across the country. ADVOCACY NCBA CLUSA is also working hard to amplify the voice of cooperatives at the national level, specifically through increased advocacy work on behalf of cooperatives sectors.  For example, NCBA CLUSA sent letters to members of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees pressing for tax reform to retain the tax exemption for credit unions. Likewise, through the efforts of NCBA CLUSA and partners, a significant shift in the government’s fiscal year 2014 spending bill has made provision for $5.8 million for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) and an additional $3 million for the Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG). Moving forward, we plan to establish a congressional Cooperative Caucus as a forum to brief legislators on cooperatives and cooperative sectors. CO-OP TALKS Another significant focus for NCBA CLUSA is boosting our presence with members through a series of Co-op Talks.  These meetings will be excellent opportunities for us to listen to our members, recruit new members, and learn more about what cooperatives need in communities across America.  Current list of venues include: Denver, Colorado Madison, Wisconsin   CONFERENCES NCBA CLUSA hosts and/or supports several conferences throughout the year: Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA):  June 12-14 in Madison, Wisconsin Co-op Week (in partnership with the National Cooperative Bank and the Cooperative Development Foundation):  May 5-9 in Washington, D.C. Purchasing Cooperative Conference and the NCBA CLUSA Annual Meeting:  September 8 – 11 in St. Paul, Minnesota   COOPERATIVE BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS (CBA'S) We are working with several groups throughout the country that are organizing to establish CBAs.  To support these efforts NCBA CLUSA is providing financial support, human resources and business planning to launch what can be thought of as local “co-op chambers of commerce”, with missions to promote the co-op business model, grow the bottom-line of cooperatives in local communities, and engage more consumers as co-op members.  We are focused on four locations: Austin, Texas  (Austin Cooperative Business Association) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Area Cooperative Association) Upstate New York Western Massachusetts (Valley Cooperative Business Association   COOPERATIVE BUSINESS SERVICES We are committed to raising the profile of cooperatives as economic drivers in our communities.  To that end we will be providing services such as internal and external “cooperative assessments” for members interested in (internally) better integrating the cooperative principles into their business plans and operations, and (externally) leveraging cross-sector relationships to promote their businesses to a broader base of consumers.  We will be utilizing the Blueprint for the Cooperative Decade in this work with our members, with a projected outcome of better identifying and communicating the economic power of cooperatives in given communities.   COOPERATIVE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE In 2014 we will be establishing the Cooperative Business Roundtable, which will be a convening of CEOs from our larger members.  We have recognized the opportunity to bring CEOs together to network with each other about the opportunities and challenges for cooperatives in today’s economy as well as those they face in their own cooperatives.  Plans are being made to launch the inaugural session of the Roundtable during Co-op Week in Washington, D.C. (May 5 – 9, 2014).     OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH CooperationWorks AND THE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTERS CooperationWorks! Is the center for excellence for cooperative business development. They are a dynamic and innovative national cooperative created to grow the cooperative model across the United States. Cooperative development centers work to revitalize communities through effective cooperative enterprise development. The centers provide a broad spectrum of expertise and technical assistance, including feasibility studies, market analysis, business plan development, governance training, and educational programs. NCBA CLUSA works closely with both CooperationWorks! and the centers to provide support and resources to aid in their very critical work. NCBA CLUSA understands that it is imperative to grow and sustain financial support so that CooperationWorks! and the centers may foster cooperative economic development. To that end, NCBA CLUSA is co-hosting with CooperationWorks! a summit to engage the cooperative development centers on a national level that will bring forth strategies that will diversify and grow funding. PARTNERSHIP WITH FREELANCERS UNION NCBA CLUSA first began working Freelancers Union in 2010 while assisting organizations across the United States that were applying for funding to develop the new national health care CO-OPs. NCBA CLUSA first provided expertise to Freelancers Union regarding board governance and board development for the application and later played a role in board training for Freelancers Union. Since that time, a close and productive relationship has grown between the two organizations. Sara Horowitz, Found and Executive Director of Freelancers Union, recently wrote; “Cooperatives are deeply knit in the American fabric. In 1752, founding father (and volunteer firefighter) Ben Franklin started the nation's first mutual fire insurance company, Philadelphia Contributionship, which still operates today. In his book For All The People, historian and woodworker John Curl highlights the amazing diversity of cooperative businesses that popped up in the 1800s -- mining coops, shoemaking coops, knitting coops. Basically anything workers could unite to own, they did. We are beginning to see the rise of that mutualistic ethos once again. Many of these efforts directly mirror the late 1800s mutual support model -- but this time with the internet helping bring what had once been local models to national scale.” Freelancers Union has a mission of promoting the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services. NCBA CLUSA is working with the Freelancers Union to provide certain training, education and support services to assist the Freelancers Union in fulfilling their research of cooperatives, member educational programming, project management, board education, business model transition, and public relations objectives, and services for which cooperation may be mutually beneficial. REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET/USDA RCDG GRANT NCBA CLUSA’s 2012 USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant is dedicated to supporting the establishment of a Regional Farmer’s Market located in the Mississippi Delta, in partnership and through the leadership of Shreveport Federal Credit Union and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. The establishment of food hubs that address food deserts is a particular area of expertise for NCBA CLUSA through our international work, and we are applying that expertise to our rural cooperative development partnerships. The work is also supported by previous project work related to wealth creation and development of value chains, especially as relate to cross-sector cooperative business opportunities. The initial work around the establishment of a regional farmers’ market located in Marks, Mississippi has been led by the Shreveport Federal Credit Union, which located a branch in Marks in 2006. Joining with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the primary cooperative development expert in the rural south, Shreveport FCU has worked with local community leaders to further explore opportunities for community engagement and is currently building out the concept for the market, setting in motion plans to launch the market by the end of 2013. The idea for the Delta Regional Market (a name under consideration) came about through multiple meetings with community members, mayors of several towns, and farmers in which they addressed the challenges which have caused this region to be so economically deprived. The Market will be a food hub for the entire community providing reasonably priced, fresh, locally-grown foods; creating jobs for some and for others an entertainment and a gathering place that is planned to be a major draw for customers within a 50-mile radius.  On-street parking provides plenty of space for customers, and the building is located near local businesses to encourage foot traffic to nearby merchants. The Market will also be a showcase for the community’s cultural roots. In addition to being a Food Hub with sales of fresh farm products, the Market will also house a small Museum called “The Muletrain Museum and Gift Store”, a Kidz Zone, and a small Food Court. “Sunday Go to Meeting at the Market” will highlight the deep spiritual roots of the people of the Delta, and provide the opportunity for area churches from diverse communities to bring their choirs and congregations to the market to sing in the food court area on Sunday afternoons as an additional way to attract consumers to the Market. Another central feature of the Market will be the participation of the North Delta Produce Growers Association, which will use part of the Market’s building to expand their commercial enterprise which currently sells purple hull peas to Walmart. Expansion of their operations will increase the distribution opportunities for their participating farmers, and open the door for other farmer cooperatives to join. Leadership and partnership must go hand in hand for the success of this project. Shreveport Federal Credit Union is stepping up with some of the financing for the building; the Federation of Southern Cooperatives is providing the hands-on expertise in agricultural as well as small cooperative business development. Thanks to funding from the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant, NCBA CLUSA is providing expertise in business planning, project design and financing to support the launch and sustainability of the project. We believe the Delta Regional Market can become an important pilot for other communities to follow, and we will work with our partners to document and evaluate every step of this important project. Links to partners: Shreveport Federal Credit Union Federation of Southern Cooperatives North Delta Produce Growers Association USDA

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Webinars

window.location.href = "https://www.ncba.coop/current-events" Succession Planning for Co-op Members Join us for a Webinar on June 26 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: What will happen to your business when its leadership is ready to retire? During NCBA CLUSA’s June 26 webinar, presenter Gary Pittsford, CFP, president and CEO of Castle Wealth Advisors, will discuss key factors you need to consider in planning for the future of your coop, including: • Issues affecting family members • Transition options • Retirement income security • Tax impacts and options • Business and estate plans Get the answers to your burning questions about the succession planning process and begin to assemble an advisory team who can help you make smart decisions for your organization.   Title: Succession Planning for Co-op Members Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT   After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.   System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server Mac®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer Mobile attendees Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet       Future NCBA CLUSA Webinar Topics Promoting Cooperation with Financial Cooperatives Learn how financial cooperatives are engaging in cross-sector collaboration by doing business with other cooperative sectors. Cooperative education in colleges and universitiesWhile the cooperative business model is distinct from other business models, our current options for pursuing relevant cooperative management education is limited. Join this webinar to learn about the existing programs, along with work being done to improve management education for the cooperative sector. Cooperative GovernanceWebinar will explore key issues in cooperative governance, and how cooperative governance is different than governance of other organizational models.   NCBA CLUSA’s webinars continue to be a popular source of information on issues impacting the cooperative community. Whether it is marketing and branding your co-op, understanding the legal and governmental framework of cooperatives or learning how co-ops are using technology to be innovative, NCBA CLUSA’s webinars provide useful and timely information to leverage opportunities for growing and improving your cooperative. Webinar Archive Miss a webinar? Visit NCBA CLUSA's archive to view presentations on-demand We'd Love Your Input! Do you have an idea for a webinar topic? Please send your suggestions to:info@ncba.coop

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SENATOR BEGICH SUPPORTS CREDIT UNION TAX EXEMPTION

  Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:38 In a July letter to the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) stated he supports credit unions and their tax exemption status. Outside of the Washington beltway, regular folks may not be aware that Congress is working to overhaul the existing tax structure. For the last few years, Congressional tax committees have been considering comprehensive tax reform, and they now plan to draft and pass a bill later in the year. The current process in the Senate is called the “blank slate” approach. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have asked senators to submit letters advising the committee which tax exemptions they support that should be included in the committee’s approach to comprehensive tax reform. Along with his requests to keep housing and energy tax provisions, Senator Begich also included the credit union tax exemption in his July 26 letter to the Senate Finance Committee. In his letter, Senator Begich stated, “Alaska is far removed from traditional financial centers and that credit unions play an outsized role in the state’s economy. That is why Section 501(c)(14), which grants tax exempt status to credit unions, should be retained in any tax reform effort, to ensure continued access to affordable credit for consumers, homebuyers and small businesses alike, all of which contribute substantially to economic growth.” At the Finance Committee’s request, the letter writing exercise has been kept confidential, but Senator Begich, along with a few other senators have made their requests public. It is not clear how senators are participating in the “blank slate” process, or how the House of Representatives will proceed with their tax reform approach. NCBA CLUSA has coordinated its efforts with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) to support the credit union tax exemption and will continue to work with its association partners as the tax reform process moves ahead in Congress.  

SENATOR BEGICH SUPPORTS CREDIT UNION TAX EXEMPTION

Call to Action: Tell Your Members of Congress to Support Cooperative Development Funding!

Cooperative Development Centers Need Your Support! During the Congressional appropriations process, vital funding for the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program was impacted dramatically, and the cooperative community needs to do everything we can NOW to restore it to sufficient levels. The House of Representatives Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 eliminates RCDG funding that is critical to the development of cooperatives in rural America. The Senate provides $8.8 million in their funding bill for the program. Without sufficient funding for the RCDG program, cooperative development centers providing hands-on assistance will be unable to operate, and the only existing program in the federal government dedicated to cooperative development would be hindered significantly or possibly eliminated. As an NCBA CLUSA member and supporter, you have an opportunity to help! Attached are two letters, one specifically drafted for the House of Representatives and the other for the Senate. Please send the appropriate letter of support to your Representative or Senators and let them know this vital program needs to be saved. If you would like to share the success of your advocacy efforts on this issue or have any questions, please contact NCBA CLUSA’s Vice President of Advocacy, R.L. Condra at 202.383.5480 or rcondra@ncba.coop. Sincerely, Michael Beall President and Chief Executive Officer   Download House of Representatives Letter » Find Your Representative Download Senate Letter » Find Your Senator

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Legislative Update: Cooperative Development Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives

  Legislative Update Cooperative Development Bill Introduced in the House of RepresentativesLegislation Focuses on Job Creation by Promoting Cooperative Development  (WASHINGTON, DC) – The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is excited to announce the introduction of legislation that will spur job creation and development of cooperatives. The legislation H.R. 2437 titled, “Creating Jobs Through Cooperatives Act of 2013” was introduced by Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) on June 20 in the House of Representatives. “Co-ops bring communities tighter by encouraging residents to pool their skills and resources,” said Fattah. “They empower people to make decisions that will create opportunities that grow their communities and provide an added sense of belonging. This legislation brings federal resources and a policy priority to that effort.” The legislation would create a national program within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide capital, training and other resources to foster member owned businesses. The bill introduced will strengthen communities, promote self-help, and generate jobs by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities that help grow or create cooperatives. Also, when establishing cooperatives, communities will be provided with guidance, best practices, and technical assistance. Furthermore, the legislation will create a revolving loan fund, providing seed capital to groups forming cooperatives and funding to train providers in technical issues, supporting existing professional development for organizations engaged in cooperative development. “On behalf of the 29,000 cooperatives throughout the country, we thank Congressman Fattah for his support and leadership,” said Michael Beall, president of NCBA CLUSA. “This legislation is a giant step in providing more communities around the country with the financial backing to grow businesses that share their same values.” Cooperatives already play a significant role in the U.S. economy operating in all 50 states and across all sectors. They are owned and operated by the people who utilize the goods or services provided by the co-op and they operate for the benefit of its members. Cooperatives are a part of many industries including energy, telecommunications, food distribution, insurance, credit unions, agriculture, health, housing, and wholesale and retail purchasing and distribution. There are 29,000 U.S. cooperatives that account for more than $3 trillion in assets, totalling over $500 billion in revenue, $25 billion in wages and benefits, and providing nearly two million jobs. If you would like to receive the text of the bill, or would like to learn how you could have your Member of Congress support the legislation, please contact R.L. Condra, NCBA CLUSA Vice President of Advocacy, at  or 202.383.5480. The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has grown its international development portfolio to over $34 million of active programs in 14 countries.

Legislative Update: Cooperative Development Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives

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NCBA CLUSA is the nation’s oldest and largest national membership association representing cooperatives of all types and in all industries. We are democratically organized and operate according to internationally recognized cooperative principles. NCBA CLUSA’s mission is to develop, advance and protect cooperative businesses and to demonstrate the power of the cooperative business model to achieve economic and social impacts. As the apex organization representing the interests of the US cooperative community, NCBA CLUSA provides a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill. The Association’s portfolio includes programs and services that meet the shared advocacy, education and communications needs of a cross-sector, US cooperative community. In addition to its work domestically, NCBA CLUSA’s international program has been engaged in cooperative and sustainable business development in over 100 countries for close to 60 years.

 

 
NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors. NCBA CLUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to Misti French or call 202-383-5465.

 

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