• NAFCU asks Obama for retailer accountability in data breaches

    Dan Berger WEB 9fb70Dan Berger WEB 9fb70Dan Berger, NAFCU president & CEOThe National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) works to shape the laws and regulations governing the operations of federal credit unions. In a recent letter to President Obama, NAFCU CEO Dan Berger pushes for increased accountability in data breaches.

  • NRECA International implements low-cost rural electrification pilot projects in Tanzania

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    The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's international arm has provided electricity to more than 110 million people in rural communities worldwide. NRECA International's latest electrification projects are in Tanzania, where less than 21 percent of the rural population has access to electric service. This press release explains the

  • World Council of Credit Unions' program enhances food security, rural livelihoods in Ethiopia

    ethiopia-farmers-web 56ba8World Council of Credit Unionsethiopia-farmers-web 56ba8 is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. The Council has implemented close to 300 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. A recent project in three regions of Ethiopia increased farmers' incomes by 300 percent: 

    World Council of Credit Unions exceeded its targets to improve food security and livelihoods for farming families in

  • Food security panel explores role of U.S. cooperatives in global push to end hunger

    food-security-panel-web f8cf7food-security-panel-web f8cf7Co-ops are an integral player in the push to establish new linkages between the U.S. government and the private sector to end hunger, a panel of experts from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. agriculture and food cooperatives said during a global food security panel at NCBA CLUSA’s 2014 Annual Cooperatives Conference earlier this month.

    Jim Barnhart, deputy assistant to the administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, launched the September 10 discussion led by NCBA CLUSA’s COO for

  • NCBA CLUSA announces results of 2014 Board of Directors election

    NCBA-CLUSA-logo-400 b25feNCBA-CLUSA-logo-400 b25feNCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the results of its 2014 Board of Directors election, which ran August 4 to 29. The following candidates were elected and have begun serving on the board: 

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    Driven by change: Operation Round Up® turns 25

    iStock-coins-hands-web 75129iStock-coins-hands-web 75129More than 250 electric co-ops nationwide are putting the principle of "Concern for Community" into action by giving members the opportunity to round up their electricity bills to the next dollar. All that spare change has raised several hundred million dollars for charitable causes nationwide. Reed Karaim wrote this story for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association about the program's 25th anniversary: ...

  • CoBank named 'Safest Bank' in U.S. by Global Finance magazine

    CoBank-logo-web 47b20CoBankCoBank-logo-web 47b20 serves industries across rural America, providing loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communication providers in all 50 states. The cooperative bank was recently recognized the nation's 'Safest Bank' by Global Finance magazine. CoBank published this press

  • Why co-ops are the future of the American economy

    AlJazeera e69a8AlJazeera e69a8In this opinion piece for Al Jazeera America, Matthew Harwood, senior writer/editor at the ACLU, explains why co-ops are a solution to American economic insecurity, and why the business model should appeal to liberals and conservatives alike: 

    When American politicians and commentators discuss inequality and

  • NCBA CLUSA’s working group at Quebec Summit to cement U.S. co-ops’ key role in adopting ‘Blueprint’

    quebec-summit-web 1b469quebec-summit-web 1b469Registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s afternoon working group during the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, returning to Quebec City next month.

    Called “Designing a Cooperative Future Among U.S. Cooperatives,” the trade association and international development organization’s working group is scheduled for Monday, October 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can expect to collaborate across cooperative sectors to explore the opportunities and challenges “The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade”

  • Registration open for inaugural Cooperative Professionals Conference

    CPC-logo-1 198bbCPC-logo-1 198bbWant to network and collaborate with fellow co-op professionals? The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is hosting the first conference specifically designed for legal and accounting professionals who serve the cooperative community, in collaboration with the following legal experts:

    David P. Swanson, partner, Dorsey & Whitney

    Thomas Beckett, attorney, Mountain South Business Law


  • Annual Co-op 5K to benefit CDF’s cooperative development work

    co-op-5K-web e3ce3co-op-5K-web e3ce3At the starting line during the 2013 Co-op 5K. [photo courtesy CDF]NCBA CLUSA will join other corporate and individual sponsors in the Washington, D.C. area next month for the Cooperative Development Foundation’s 26th Annual Co-op 5K.

    The race regularly draws hundreds of participants and supporters from the local co-op community and helps kick off ...

  • NCB lends $60+ million in new loans for co-op housing during August

    iStock-house--web 10b71iStock-house--web 10b71The National Cooperative Bank strengthens communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The organization sent this press release about its financing activity last month:  

    National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, originated $60.5 million in new loans during August for 22 New York area properties.

  • Jim Nussle, former House Budget Committee chair/director of OMB, named president/CEO of CUNA

    jimNussleBio 183f0jimNussleBio 183f0[photo courtesy The Nussle Group]A comprehensive search has led to the appointment of former congressman and cabinet member Jim Nussle as CEO and president of the Credit Union National Association. CUNA published this

  • Yes Youth Can! project extension signed for $1.5 million through July 2015

    YYC Certificate a6607 243adYYC Certificate a6607 243adAn agreement taking affect this month grants NCBA CLUSA $1,450,637 to extend its USAID-funded Yes Youth Can! capacity-building project in Kenya through July 2015.

    The extension moves the project’s estimated completion date from August 31, 2014 to July 31, 2015, increases the total budget to $9,045,385 and amends the program description to include new activities to be implemented during the extension period.

    According to the agreement, NCBA CLUSA will “utilize the youth network and Government of Kenya systems to the greatest extent

  • F2F spotlight: Meet our September 2014 volunteers!

    ValerieJarvis-web 9d6fbValerieJarvis-web 9d6fb[Valerie Jarvis]September is another busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in El Salvador and Senegal. Here are our volunteers:

    Valerie Jarvis is a mother of ten and a woman of many talents. She is skilled in animal husbandry, livestock nutrition, cheese-making and business development. Valerie started a business

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps co-op nation

    ALS-challenge 2fee9ALS-challenge 2fee9[Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Dawson Public Power in Lexington, Nebraska.]Representing the interests of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. ECT Staff Writer Michael W. Kahn

  • Fairtrade products witness a 15% growth in the market

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  • Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer spotlights: Senegal and El Salvador

    August has been a busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in Senegal and El Salvador. Funded by USAID, the F2F Program's goal is to generate rapid, sustainable and broad-based food security and economic growth in the agricultural sector. A secondary goal is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs. To achieve these goals, F2F programs design volunteer assignments and scopes of work that maximize opportunities for volunteers to work and interact with rural communities in the host countries.

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  • ROI everywhere as exhibitors bring learning opportunities to Minneapolis conferences

    PCC logo - 2014 88337PCC logo - 2014 88337The 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives and Annual Cooperatives Conferences, to be held jointly at the Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 8 to 11, will feature a unique mix of sessions, attendees and conversations as NCBA CLUSA works on “Building a Cooperative Future” across the various sectors through education, convening and networking opportunities.

    Attendees will find a Return on Investment in everything that they will experience, with exhibitors playing an integral role. 

    On September 9, during the

  • How America's largest worker-owned co-op lifts people out of poverty

    zaida-yesmag 9db6czaida-yesmag 9db6cZaida Ramos, employed at Cooperative Home Care Associates, with her son in their East Harlem, N.Y., neighborhood. [photo: Stephanie Keith]In a move recognizing the role of co-ops to create quality jobs and spur economic growth, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council in June



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