• 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:

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  • Conservation farming yields bumper crop in Namibia

    CA-namibia-web d2706CA-namibia-web d2706Vilho Nande, a farmer who practices Conservation Agriculture (CA) in the Oshikoto region of Namibia, is reporting a bumper crop of more than 13,000 lbs (6,000 kg) of “mahangu,” or pearl millet, according to a report by the New Era Newspaper.

    Farmers planting maize and cowpea are reporting similar success.

    Nande is lead farmer for the USAID-funded Namibia Conservation Agriculture Project (NCAP) implemented by NCBA CLUSA. Using the rip-furrow method, he demonstrates the benefits of CA and trains nearby farmers in climate-smart methods.

  • National Cooperative Bank’s New York Office reports $22.3 million in new financing for local cooperatives in May

    The National Cooperative Bank strengthens communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services, with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The organization’s New York Office sent this press release about a recent milestone:

    National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, originated $22.3 million in new loans during May for 12 New York area properties. The outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and Westchester led the way with more than $18.5 million in financing. Edward Howe III, managing director of the NCB New York office, made the announcement.

    “Half of the region’s loan activity during May occurred in Queens and Brooklyn, in sharp contrast to last month, where most of the financing was for cooperatives in Manhattan,” Howe said. “The Bank is proud to continuously be a trusted source of financing for cooperatives in a number of New York neighborhoods...

  • International Co-operative Alliance joins UN Global Compact

    icaicaThe International Co-operative Alliance unites cooperatives worldwide. This press release from the alliance announces one of its newest endeavors:

    The International Co-operative Alliance has joined the world’s largest voluntary CSR initiative—the United Nations Global Compact. This is a strategic policy initiative for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles relating to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

    Cooperative enterprises as values-based and people-centred businesses are, by

  • Neighboring Food Co-ops approve resolution on co-op identity

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    The Neighboring Food Co-op Association is a network of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England locally owned by more than 90,000 people. The association’s recent resolution on cooperative identity is part of a broader movement within the cooperative sphere to ensure that businesses using the cooperative identity adhere to cooperative principles:

    The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) Board of Directors recently approved a resolution on The Co-operative Legal Identity,

  • NCBA CLUSA Supports Co-op Development Training in Africa

    mike-bunge-web fa582mike-bunge-web fa582NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall (center), flanked by members of a youth bunge in Mombasa.

    NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall was among a team of program facilitators and mentors in Nairobi, Kenya helming the first ever continent-wide African Cooperative Development Education Training program in

  • Agreement with Kenyan government cements NCBA CLUSA as cooperative leader in country

    MOU-signing-web 97f90MOU-signing-web 97f90NCBA CLUSA CEO and president Mike Beall (left) and Wilson Songa, executive secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development, sign an agreement that enlists cooperative development to empower communities.A breakthrough agreement signed this week by NCBA CLUSA and the Government of Kenya solidifies the trade association and international

  • Cabot Community Tour event at Virginia winery highlights cooperative spirit

    cabot-mike-web 8f2e8cabot-mike-web 8f2e8NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall chats with long-distance cyclists Cathy and Myron Skott at the Paradise Springs Winery, one of 38 community stops along the 2014 Cabot Community Tour.NCBA CLUSA was among sponsors on hand June 9 at the Paradise Springs Winery to welcome a team of long-distance cyclists to the DC Metro area during their stop in Clifton, Virginia

  • Do you have what it takes to ‘Stump a Co-op’?

    CCMA-graphic-web 4b0d8CCMA-graphic-web 4b0d8The annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference unites leaders from the consumer co-op sector to network and share best practices in the pursuit of improved operations, governance, consumer education and marketing strategies.

    That involves bringing together the best minds representing organizations that provide the resources and know-how consumer cooperatives need to succeed and grow—start-up savvy, capital for expansion and everything in between.

    For the first time, CCMA will convene these

  • Kick off CCMA with the Annual Bowers Fundraising event!

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    Get ready for this year's Bowers Fundraising event, set for Thursday, June 12 after afternoon tours of Madison, Wisconsin at the 58th Annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference. Enjoy a "Taste of Wisconsin" buffet, catch up with friends and take your photo at the Green Screen Photo Booth. Harmonious Wail, an internationally known gypsy swing band, is scheduled to perform from 8 p.m. into the evening, making this a night you won’t want to miss!

    Each ticket includes entry to the event as well

  • CCMA going ‘Forward!’ in Madison

    CCMA-graphic-web 55bdfCCMA-graphic-web 55bdfNCBA CLUSA is gearing up for the 58th Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference (CCMA) in Madison, Wisconsin next week.

    The annual conference unites leaders from the consumer co-op sector to network and share best practices while they work to improve operations, governance, consumer education and marketing strategies.

    This year, CCMA will convene under the Wisconsin state motto, “Forward!”

    Click here … there’s still time to

  • Look for NCBA CLUSA workshops at 2014 InterAction Forum

    InterAction-graphic-web2 a3fafInterAction-graphic-web2 a3fafThe cooperative business model plays an integral role worldwide in scaling up food security and nutrition, providing energy solutions to marginalized communities and alleviating poverty through financial empowerment. 

    That’s the subject of the first of two workshops NCBA CLUSA will helm next week at the 30th InterAction Forum in Washington, D.C. 

    “The cooperative business model has a proven track record, but it is under-promoted as a viable,

  • Webinar: Financial best practices for co-op members by Castle Wealth

    castle-wealth 42a0acastle-wealth 42a0aAs cooperative members age, the industry is expecting a high turnover of ownership in the coming decade.

    Gary L. Pittsford, president and CEO of Castle Wealth Advisors and its three affiliated companies, says co-op members have an average age of 58 to 60 years old.

    “Co-ops are very concerned about protecting their members and helping them get good advice and access to lots of options when the time comes to start thinking about the succession/exit planning process,” Pittsford said.

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  • Many looms, one town, one cooperative

    weaving-martinez-web ec685weaving-martinez-web ec685NCBA CLUSA links cooperatives to markets worldwide, securing a wider customer base for their products and helping to ensure the success and sustainability of small cooperative enterprises. In this story recently published by Stories.coop, a cooperative weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico is looking for markets outside his mountain community: 

    "It’s my brothers and sister and cousins and then a few people from our town. We

  • NCBA CLUSA joins NGO Global Food Security Pledge at Capitol Hill signing

    MOU-Amy-web bfd05MOU-Amy-web bfd05Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA’s Chief Operating Officer for International Development (sixth from left), with other signatories of the Global Food Security Pledge.NCBA CLUSA joined 32 other international development organizations last week to pledge a collective $1.5 billion to advance global food security, nutrition and resilience.

    “Chronic hunger and malnutrition destabilize

  • Flooring America cooperative recognized with first-ever “Pet Hero” award

    veteran-with-dog-web 6c533veteran-with-dog-web 6c533[photo: pond5]Flooring America recently received Pets for Patriots’ first-ever “Pet Hero” award for its support of the organization’s mission to transform the lives of veterans by helping them save at-risk shelter dogs or cats. The award comes after several years of partnership between Flooring America and the

  • NCBA CLUSA among InterAction members pledging collective $1.5 billion toward global food security

    InterAction-web b0825InterAction-web b0825A landmark agreement signed yesterday by NGO alliance InterAction and the U.S. Agency for International Development is expected to better enable USAID to leverage the private resources, technical expertise and established community networks of NGOs to maximize the impact and sustainability of U.S. government and taxpayer investments to end hunger.

    The signing on Capitol Hill was among events surrounding the first-ever Feed the Future Global Forum, which is drawing global leaders from the public and private sectors to the Washington, D.C. Metro area



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