• Farmer to Farmer volunteer opportunities - El Salvador and Senegal

    Do you want to join a global network of amazing volunteers who donate their time, energy and expertise to assisting NCBA CLUSA cooperative farmers in the field? 

    We are now recruiting dedicated professionals in the agriculture industry to participate in volunteer assignments assisting farmers and cooperatives in El Salvador and Senegal. We currently have several exciting opportunities open in August and September 2014, each of which last 2-3 weeks long. See the opportunities below.  

    For opportunities in El Salvador, please email Kristina Klassen, NCBA CLUSA Program Manager for East Timor, Indonesia, Guatemala, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Texas non-profit HomeCare Foundation launches crowd-funding campaign for state's first worker co-op

    home-healthcare-pond5-web f5b24home-healthcare-pond5-web f5b24[photo: pond5]The HomeCare Foundation, new NCBA CLUSA members, want to change the landscape of in-home healthcare by launching the first worker-owned caregiver co-op in Texas. Executive Director Charlie Agar sent this press release:

    The Texas non-profit HomeCare Foundation has launched a ...

  • Small business owners benefit from credit union's 'Park City Challenge'

    park-city-CU-web ba200park-city-CU-web ba200With $144 million in assets, the Wisconsin-based Park City Credit Union provides financial products and services to Northern Wisconsin. Established in 1938, the credit union now offers online banking with bill pay. The Credit Union National Association published this news release about Park City CU’s efforts to highlight the benefits of credit union

  • NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talk series connects community cooperators in Austin

    coop-talk-Austin-web b3ea8coop-talk-Austin-web b3ea8Held at the newly-built Wheatsville Food Co-op just outside the city of Austin, Texas, NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talks convened more than 30 participants in an intimate discussion on cross-sector collaboration and the effect cooperatives have on Austin’s local economy.

    Based on principle six (cooperation among cooperatives) of the seven cooperative principles, this event marks the third convening in the newly produced Co-op Talk series, which aims to build local cooperative cross-sector collaboration and discussion that strengthens and supports

  • Final call for candidates for NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors election

    deadline-web 25404deadline-web 25404Nominees of qualified candidates for the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors 2014 election are due no later than July 1 for consideration to fill five open positions on the 2015 Board of Directors.

    The NCBA CLUSA Board directs, controls and inspires the trade association and international development organization. It brings consistent focus to strategic, long-term impacts and future opportunities to serve the needs of members; emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development and collective decision-making; and assures excellence in governance

  • USDA visit highlights Conservation Farming gains in Uganda

    USDA-visit-uganda-web fbeeaUSDA-visit-uganda-web fbeeaValue chain linkages have been key to the success stories reported during the two seasons that NCBA CLUSA has practiced Conservation Farming in Northern Uganda, USDA Program Analyst Lindsay Carter said during a recent three-day visit to NCBA CLUSA projects in the country.

    Following a decades-long insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army that killed 100,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, efforts to solve food insecurity were hampered by a lack of knowledge to combat the effects of climate change on agriculture.

  • Webinar: National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives talks ethics and compliance for co-ops

    NSAC-logo-web 333bcNSAC-logo-web 333bcThe actions of its management and employees help shape the public perception of a co-op, making adherence to good ethics and best practices for compliance a crucial element of cooperative success.

    “A good ethics and compliance program can communicate the expectations of management and set parameters for employees, helping to maintain the reputation and credibility of the co-op, said Bill Erlenbush, education director for the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC).

    Erlenbush will lead a 60-minute

  • NRECA praises Menendez and Corker for “Energize Africa Act”

    nreca-logo-web 5b56dnreca-logo-web 5b56dU.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker recently introduced legislation that promotes access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this press release on June 19, expressing appreciation for the senators' support: 

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson today thanked U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and

  • National Cooperative Bank ranked #5 on Washington Post Top Workplaces list

    NCB-top-workplace-web 0e9a9NCB-top-workplace-web 0e9a9From left: Rozeana Fonseca, Rebecca Coder, Nida Sae-Chua, Michele Fantt Harris, Mary Alex Blanton, Pricilla Nicolas, Diahann Smith and Dami Odetola celebrate NCB’s ranking as the 5th best mid-size company to work for in the D.C. area.The National Cooperative Bank is dedicated to strengthening communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial

  • Stonington employees buy three stores, creating largest worker co-op in Maine

    burnt-cove-web e6557burnt-cove-web e6557The employees of three local retail businesses in Maine have joined together to purchase what is now the state's largest worker cooperative. The move is allowing longtime employees of the businesses to achieve economic security and build wealth through ownership, both for their families and their community. The Bangor Daily News published this news story on the new cooperative: 

    By Bill Trotter, BDN

  • NCBA CLUSA’s workshops at InterAction Forum reveal growing interest in cooperative sector

    amy-InterAction-workshop-web be6b0amy-InterAction-workshop-web be6b0InterAction Forum attendees who participated in NCBA CLUSA’s workshops last week expressed a keen interest in engaging the cooperative sector in sustainable international development, organizers said.

    “The group was engaged and interested in deepening their knowledge of the cooperative business model,” said Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA COO for International Development.

    The annual InterAction Forum brings together leaders from non-profits, governments,

  • Farmer to Farmer volunteer opportunities!

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  • NCBA CLUSA's new management role in CCMA begins with listening

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    More than 500 cooperators representing hundreds of co-ops from around the country came together for networking, learning and collaboration at the 58th annual Consumer Cooperatives Management Association’s (CCMA) annual conference held in picturesque Madison, Wisconsin from June 12 to 14, 2014.

    This year’s theme "Forward!" was taken from the Wisconsin state motto, and set a superhero tone for the various breakout sessions and keynote address. The meeting kicked off with various tours of local cooperatives, with a great mix of cooperatives in the

  • NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talks coming to Austin

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    NCBA CLUSA is hosting a town hall-style Co-op Talk in Austin this week that will convene cross-sector cooperative leaders to advance the cooperative movement.

    Click here to register.

    The event features keynote speaker Courtney Moran, executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. Her message, “The Importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Credit Unions and Other Cooperatives” is expected to highlight the continuing need for

  • ACBA partners with Austin City Council in resolution to foster growth of cooperative businesses

    ACBA Logo4 82feaACBA Logo4 82feaThe Austin City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution drafted by the Austin Cooperative Business Association that supporters say will foster cooperative solutions for affordable housing, quality jobs and local food production and distribution in the region.

    The June 12 resolution cements support for the development and growth of cooperative businesses and calls on Austin’s city manager to convene stakeholders to develop recommendations detailing ways the city can promote the development of new and existing cooperative businesses by the end of August. ...

  • NCBA CLUSA joins 5th Birthday and Beyond initiative, salutes gains in child survival and health

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    NCBA CLUSA is joining more than 100 other businesses, NGOs, faith-based, civic and philanthropic organizations to support the 5th Birthday and Beyond initiative celebrating America’s global leadership for healthy children.

    Over the past 25 years, the U.S. has played an essential role in one of the world’s most remarkable success stories—unprecedented progress to prevent the deaths of millions of children. This year, 6 million fewer children will die before their 5th birthdays than in 1989. Annual deaths from diseases such as pneumonia,

  • NCBA CLUSA featured in new NGO Aid Map highlighting global intervention

    NGO-MAP-WEB 3f67fNGO-MAP-WEB 3f67fAn interactive map plotting the landscape of global intervention—pin by pin, project by project—is the latest tool meant to bolster awareness and collaboration among non-governmental organizations.

    NCBA CLUSA is among 86 organizations whose collective 2,940 (and counting!) projects make up the NGO Aid Map, launched last week by NGO alliance InterAction and sponsor FedEx at the 2014 InterAction Forum in Washington, D.C.

    “The map aims to increase the amount of

  • NRECA supports Memorial Day ride for wounded vets

    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. NRECA recently published this story about their support of Ride 2 Recovery, a non-profit that backs the health and wellness of recovering veterans through cycling:

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    Concerns over aging cooperative members

    castle-wealth-web 1aa05castle-wealth-web 1aa05NCBA CLUSA associate member Castle Wealth Advisors designs and implements financial strategies for family held businesses and cooperatives, helping owners and members achieve their long-term goals and protect their business and family assets. Ahead of the financial advisory firm’s June 26 webinar, president and CEO Gary L. Pittsford sent this thought leadership

  • NCGA applauds Vermont as first U.S. state to achieve mandatory labeling of GMOs

    organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2The National Cooperative Grocers Association is working with the Center for Food Safety, the Environmental Working Group and coalition Just Label It to advocate for federally mandated GMO labeling. Vermont’s new GMO labeling law is a key step forward in the process, the association said in this recent press release:

    The National Cooperative Grocers Association



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