Agland Co-op, Inc.
Agricultural Cooperative Council of Oregon (ACCO)
Amalgamated Housing Corporation
Amalgamated Life Insurance Company
American Association of Credit Union Leagues
Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives
Ashland Food Cooperative
Associated Construction Distrbtrs. Intl, Inc.
Association of Missouri Electric Co-ops
Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Astoria Cooperative

Bagel Grove, Inc.
Bellingham Community Food Co-op
Berkeley Student Cooperative
Berkshire Co-op Market
Black Star Co-op
Blood Centers of America, Inc.
Bloomington Cooperative Services
BLUE HAWK Distribution Cooperative
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation
Bluff Country Co-op
Boeing Employees Credit Union
Brattleboro Food Cooperative, Inc.
Brightstar Credit Union

Cabot Creamery
California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
California Center for Cooperative Development
Calumet Natural Foods Co-op
Castle Wealth Advisors, LLC
CCA Global Partners
CDS Consulting Co-op
Central Co-op/Madison Market
Certified Guides Cooperative
Chequamegon Food Co-op
Chico Natural Foods
Cincinnati Central Credit Union
Circle of Life Caregiver Cooperative
Coalition for Colorado Universal Health Care
CoBank, ACB
Collective Copies
College Houses Cooperatives
Common Ground Food Co-op
Communications Cooperative International
Community Food Co-op
Community Mercantile
Consumers Cooperative Society of Santa Monica, Inc (Kinecta)
Cook County Whole Foods Co-op
Cooperativa Latinos USA
Cooperative Coffee
Cooperative Council of North Carolina
Cooperative Development Institute
Cooperative Development Services
Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive-CoFed
Cooperative Fund of New England
Cooperative Home Care Associates
Cooperative Network
Co-Opportunity Consumers Cooperative
Coordinating Council of Cooperatives
Coos Head Food Store
Covington Electric Cooperative
Credit Union Association of New Mexico
Credit Union Association of New York
Credit Union Association of the Dakotas
Credit Union National Association, Inc.
CROPP Cooperative
Crowe Horwath
CSI Support and Development Co-op
CUNA Mutual Group

Dean, Dunn & Phillips LLC
Deep Roots Cooperative
Dill Pickle Food Co-op
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Durango Natural Foods Co-op

East Dakotah Natural Foods Co-op
East End Food Co-op, Inc.
East Lansing Food Cooperative
East River Electric Power Cooperative,Inc
Eastside Food Cooperative
Educational & Institutional Cooperative Service, Inc
Electronic Transaction System Corporation
EMC Purchasing Cooperative
Energy Cooperative of America, Inc.
Equal Exchange
Evergreen Marketing Group
Ever'man Natural Foods Cooperative, Inc

Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market
Fairfax County Federal Credit Union
Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Fiddleheads Natural Foods Cooperative
First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op
First Education Federal Credit Union
Flatbush Food Cooperative/16 Street Coop Corp
Food Conspiracy Cooperative
Food Co-op Initiative
Food Co-op, The
Franklin Community Cooperative, Inc.
Frederick County Consumer Cooperative, Inc./aka The Common Market
Freelancers Union
Friendly City Food Cooperative, Inc.
Frontier Natural Products Co-op
Fund for Democratic Communities
Furniture First Cooperative, Inc.

Georgia Credit Union League & Affiliates
Glen Oaks Cooperative
Good Earth Market
Good Foods Co-op, Inc.
Good Tern Natural Foods
Grain Train Natural Foods Cooperative, The
Great Basin Community Food Co-op
Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative, Inc
Greenbelt Homes, Inc.
GreenStar Cooperative Market Inc.
Greentree Cooperative

Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society,Inc.
Hawaii Credit Union League
HD America/aka HDA Truck Pride
Healing Tree
Hendersonville Community Co-op
Hill County Electric Cooperative
Honest Weight Food Cooperative, Inc.
Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative
Hunger Mountain Food Co-op

Idaho Cooperative Council, Inc.
IDI Independent Distributors, Inc.
Illinois Credit Union League
IMARK Group, Inc.
Independent Distributors Cooperative-USA
Independent Natural Food Retailers Cooperative
Independent Stationers, Inc
Independent Welding Distributor Cooperative
Indiana Cooperative Development Center
Indiana Credit Union League
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Indigenous Water Bank Cooperative (IWB)
Industrial Distributor Co-op, Inc.
Insulate America
Inter-Cooperative Council, Univ. of Michigan
Inter-Cooperative Council, Univ. of Texas
Iowa Association of Electric Co-ops
Iowa Credit Union League
Iowa Institute for Cooperatives

Johnstone Supply, Inc.
Just Food: Northfield Community Co-op

Kalamazoo People's Food Coop
Kansas Cooperative Council
Kansas Credit Union Association
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Kentucky Center for Agriculture & Rural Development
Keweenaw Cooperative, Inc.
Keystone Development Center
Kokua Market

Land O'Lakes, Inc.
LBMX, Inc.
Lexington Real Foods Co-op, Inc.
Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico
Local Government Federal Credit Union
Los Alamos Cooperative

Maine Credit Union League
Marathon Charity Cooperation
Marquette Food Co-op
Maryland & DC Credit Union Association
Massachusetts Credit Union League, Inc.
Medford Food Co-op
Mega Foods, Marts and Fuels
Menomonie Market Natural Foods Co-op
Michigan Electric Cooperative Association
Minnesota Credit Union Network
Mississippi Credit Union Association
Mississippi Market Cooperative, Inc.
Missouri Credit Union Association
Montana Cooperative Development Center
Montana Credit Union Network
Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association
Moscow Food Co-op
Mother's Milk Cooperative
MSU Student Housing Cooperative, Inc.
MyWorldinfo Local Information Cooperative

NASCO Development Services
NASCO Properties, Inc.
National Association of Housing Cooperatives
National Association Supply Cooperatives
National Cooperative Bank
National Cooperative Grocers Association
National Cooperative Rx
National Credit Union Foundation
National Farmers Union
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association)
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Nebraska Cooperative Development Center
Nebraska Credit Union League
Neighborhood Co-op
Neighboring Food Co-op Association
New Leaf Market
New Leaf Market Cooperative
New Orleans Food Cooperative
Newark Community Cooperative, Inc
North Carolina Credit Union League
North Carolina Electric Membership Corp
North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union
North Dakota Association of RECs
Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund
Northeast Cooperative Council
Northwest Cooperative Development Center
Northwest Credit Union Association

Oberlin Student Cooperative Association
Ohio Cooperative Development Center
Ohio Credit Union League
Oneota Community Co-op
Onion River Cooperative - City Market
Optimus, LLC
Organic Maple Cooperative
Oryana Food Co-op
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative
Ozark Natural Foods

PachaMama Coffee Cooperative
PAGE Cooperative
Parent Cooperative Preschools International
Park Slope Food Co-op, Inc.
Penn South Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc.
Pennsylvania Credit Union Association
Pentagon Federal Credit Union
People's Food Coop-OR
People's Food Co-op-WI
People's Memorial Association
Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative
PrimeraTurf, Inc.
Putney Consumers Cooperative

Quincy Natural Foods, Inc.

Red Sun Press
River Market Community Cooperative
Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Ctr

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Inc
Safety Marketing Group
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union
Select Independent Distributors of America, Inc.
Seward Community Co-op, Inc.
Shreveport Federal Credit Union
Sierra Pacific Crafts Cooperative
Silver City Food Co-op
Skagit Valley Food Cooperative
Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op
South Carolina Credit Union League, Inc.
South Mountain Company, Inc.
Southside Electric Cooperative
Spectrum Advanced Market
Sphere 1, Inc.
Spiral Natural Foods Co-op Inc.
St. Mary's University
St. Peter Food Coop
StarNet Commercial Flooring, Inc
Stream Share Musician's Cooperative
Syracuse Real Food Cooperative

Taylor Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council
Cornerstone Credit Union League
Texas Electric Cooperatives
Thanexus, Inc.
The Democracy Collaborative
The Distribution Group
The Evolution Institute
The Old Creamery
Three Rivers Food Co-op
Three Rivers Market, Knoxville's Community
TopSource, LLC
Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc.

U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council
UMassFive College FCU
Unified FoodService Purchasing Coop.,LLC
Unified Grocers, Inc.
Union Cab of Madison
United Nations FCU
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dept of Consumer Science
University of Wisconsin Credit Union
Upper Valley Food Cooperative
Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)
USC Credit Union
Utilities Service Alliance, Inc.

VA, MD & DE Association of Electric Co-ops
Valley Bakers Cooperative Association
Valley Food Co-op
Valley Natural Foods
Virginia Cooperative Council
Virginia Credit Union League
Viroqua Food Cooperative

Warrenstreet Architects
Washington Credit Union League
Washington Electric Co-operative, Inc
Washington State Council of Farmer Co-ops
Wedge Community Co-op
Wegner, LLP
West Central Cooperative
West Virginia Credit Union League
Wheatsfield Cooperative
Whole Foods Community Co-op, Inc.
Whole Foods Cooperative
Wild Oats Co-op, Inc.
Williamson Street Grocery Cooperative
Willimantic Food Coop
Wisconsin Credit Union League
Wright-Patt Credit Union

Ypsilanti Food Co-op

Our Work

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.


Upcoming NCBA CLUSA Webinars December 11, 2013: Utilizing Reverse Auctions to Maximize Your Co-op ROIIn today’s economy, cooperatives across all sectors are aggressively pursuing new opportunities to reduce costs and to incur huge savings in their buying efforts.   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


NCBA CLUSA Takes Food for Progress Success Story to Capitol Hill and USDA

(WASHINGTON, DC)—This week, NCBA CLUSA’s Chief of Party for Uganda, Gretchen Villegas, met with key leadership on Capitol Hill to share the success of the Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative funded by United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food for Progress program currently being implemented by NCBA CLUSA in Northern Uganda. Ms. Villegas was accompanied by NCBA CLUSA leadership; President and CEO Mike Beall, CLUSA International Chief Operating Officer Amy Coughenour Betancourt, and vice president of Advocacy R.L. Condra.    “This program is vitally important to farmers in Uganda,” said Villegas. “Providing local Ugandan farmers access to this training in conservation agriculture has benefitted more than just the farmers and their households, it benefits the community as a whole and provides a measure of food security and stability in the region.”   Through this program, NCBA CLUSA is training 60,000 farmers on the proper implementation of conservation farming techniques. Within three years, following proper implementation, Ugandan farmers can increase their crop yields by over 100 percent and are now able to support their families. The delegation met with key Congressional players that oversee International development programs funded by government agencies including USDA. They shared the successful outcomes of the project and requested continued support for the program.    The visit included conversations with T.A. Hawks, Staff Director and Taylor Nicholas, both senior staff serving on the Senate Agriculture Committee, which oversees and authorizes the USDA Food for Progress program. Both Hawks and Nicholas work for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) who is Ranking Member on the Committee. Additionally, they met with Ned Michalek, Chief of Staff to Congressman Eliot Engel who is Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.   An overview of the project and its progress was presented at USDA to Food for Development Branch Chief Nicola Sakhleh and his staff from partner and funding agency, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.    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 15 countries.   ###

NCBA CLUSA Takes Food for Progress Success Story to Capitol Hill and USDA

Association Services

  Pat Brownell Sterner, Chief Operating Officer Click Here To Email Pat 202-638-6222   Bryan Munson,  Director, Membership Click Here To Email Bryan 202.442.2318   Tom Decker, Director, Cooperative Development Click Here To Email Tom 202.442.2318                   The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA (NCBA CLUSA) represents a cross-sector co-op community of 29,000 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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  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.  


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

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

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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