• Hall of Fame Honors Cooperative Heroes

    Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  The 2014 inductees will be (pictured above, L-R) rural utilities leader Martin J. Lowery, credit union leader Harriet May, international development leader Papa M.D. Sene, and cooperative financer Barry Silver.

    “The roster of the Cooperative Hall of Fame tells the story of the U.S. cooperative community through the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary individuals,” said Gasper Kovach, Jr., board chair, Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). “Induction to the Cooperative Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made genuinely heroic contributions to the cooperative community.”

    The Cooperative Hall of Fame is administered by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), the 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that promotes self-help and mutual aid in community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.  CDF is

  • .coop: The Benefits of a United Co-op Identity

    If you're wondering how to boost your brand, this webinar is for you. Together a .coop domain name and the Cooperative Marque are symbols of the global cooperative movement and of our collective identity; demonstrating our unity of purpose. Listen and learn about how the use of the .coop domain name and marque can benefit your business growth.

    Identity forms a key pillar of the Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade and we believe that the more visibility there is for the cooperative model then this will help make more people aware of their options when faced with the choice between choosing a product or a service from a cooperative or an investor or privately-owned business.


  • March 26, 2014 - Optimizing Price Negotiations Using On-Line Auctions


    Join us Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 1-2 p.m. EST for this FREE webinar.

    In today’s economy, procurement managers across all industries are aggressively pursuing
    new opportunities to reduce costs and to deliver huge savings in their buying efforts In the
    cooperative community, many procurement managers struggle to take advantage of new cost-
    cutting measures due to growing demands, reduced staff and a shrinking budget.
    Reverse auctions are on-line price negotiations where multiple vendors compete to sell goods
    and services to a single buyer. More and more cooperatives are utilizing this tool, which
    provides significant benefits when compared to conventional price negotiations, primarily
    around efficiency, price and time to savings.

    Discover the benefits of using online reverse auctions, and how it can significantly drive huge savings, improve their bottom line, and provide additional benefits for their co-op.

    Attendees will learn how to . . . .
    • Maximize competition with complete transparency
    • Achieve

  • NCBA CLUSA to Make Appropriations Request for Continued RCDG Funding

    This week The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) has requested $26,630,000 for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG). This bill assists individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities. NCBA CLUSA is working in partnership with Cooperation Works! to preserve this vital funding.

    This request has been submitted ahead of the deadline for the Representatives in the US House to make their appropriation requests by March 31, 2014. Attached is the language proposed and the exact funding line that needs to be referenced.

    The language submitted and background information on the current status of the RCDG program can be found here.

    As the leading voice for the

  • Six New Food Co-ops and Groups to Receive Bowers Fund Grants

    Washington, DC - Advisors of the Cooperative Development Foundation's Bowers Fund recently approved nearly $6000 in grants to support training for directors and staff of six food cooperatives. The grants were awarded to:

    • Local First Grocer Cooperative, Manitou Springs, CO, for training of a board member and the general manager in finance and board development;

    • Market Street Co-op, Fort Kent, ME, for the general manager to spend two days at another Maine co-op for hands-on learning;

    • Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene, NH, for customer service training;

    • The Portland Food Co-op, Portland, ME, for board training for working with a new general manager;

    • South Philly Food Co-op, Philadelphia, PA, for board and committee member training and start-up support;

    • and Taos Food Co-op, Taos, NM, to travel to another NM food co-ops for hands-on training and financial training for staff.

    The Bowers Fund supports the food co-op sector through grants for the

  • Food Co-op Uprising Planned in Maine

    From MaineBiz.biz

    Co-op uprising Maine 923afCo-op uprising Maine 923afThe number of member-owned food co-operatives in Maine is on a course to almost double to 11 this year, leavened by a taste for locally produced food that is safe and healthy.  While these new storefronts still plan to be community venues, they aren't our parents' co-ops.  And backed by development loans and legions of member owners, they have become a force in the local economy.…Read More

  • Nebraska Agriculture Co-ops May Merge

    farmer 4438afarmer 4438aA merger could be on the horizon for two Nebraska-based ag cooperatives.

    Boards of directors at Central Valley Ag Cooperatives and United Farmers Cooperative have approved and entered into a letter of intent to finalize an agreement and plan of merger.

    “The merger of CVA and UFC is a tremendous opportunity to position two financially strong cooperatives to meet the needs of our patrons for many years to come,” said Dave Beckman, board chairman for Central Valley Ag, adding that co-ops need “to have the vision to change and expand our abilities to

  • Electric Co-ops Challenged by Ice Storm, Appreciation for a Job Well Done

    electric-coop ice 28b34electric-coop ice 28b34Restoring power in rural areas, Edisto Electric’s work under pressure leads to appreciation of the job done.  Compliments for utilities and their efforts during Ice Storm 2014 continue to roll in even as the work of repairing and cleaning up continues for utilities, governments and just about everyone is a priority.... Read More

  • CDF Disaster Fund Helps Sioux Falls Co-op Recover After Fire

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    The Cooperative Development Foundation's (CDF) Board of Directors approved a disaster grant of $5,000 to help The Co-op Natural Foods, Sioux Falls, SD, recover from fire damage.

    On January 19, The Co-op Natural Foods was devastated by a fire resulting from a suspected burglary and arson. Though no one was injured, only the shell of the building remained standing. The loss of the co-op struck a blow to the community as well as the co-op's 2,500 members, 18 employees, and 40 local producers who supply the store.

  • NCBA CLUSA Comments on FY 2015 Federal Budget & Appropriations Process


    RCDG Program Again Proposed for Consolidation; Sets Up Continued Advocacy Effort with Congress to Reinstate Funding

    March 7, 2014  

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  • NCBA CLUSA Continuing to Monitor Tax Reform in Congress

    March 7, 2014

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    An anticipated tax reform bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) resurfaced last week on February 26th after political timing derailed the plan late last year. 

    The bill would make the most sweeping changes to the tax code since 1986, but enactment seems unlikely this year.  Nevertheless, NCBA CLUSA is continuing to review and monitor the legislation and is working with its member stakeholders and others on parts of the plan that could affect the cooperative sectors.  While

  • NCBA CLUSA Represented at the CUNA GAC


    By Thomas Bowen, Former Director of Membership Relations NCBA CLUSA

    Did you know that credit unions are cooperatives?  It may seem like a silly question, but in fact many of the visitors of the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) were not aware of that fact. One would find it hard to believe that credit union professionals and their board members would not realize that they are a part of the cooperative movement.

    NCBA CLUSA was featured in a booth at the recent GAC promoting membership in the organization and the services provided to its members.  While this was an opportunity to encourage membership in our association, it was also a great opportunity to stress the importance of cooperatives in the current economy and the value they provide to communities.GACBooth1 2f5ce

  • The Co-operative message and Identity

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    The International Co­-operative Alliance has developed a global co­operative identity that ALL co-operatives can align with and which differentiates us from other forms of business.  The Co-­operative Marque and .coop domain names are the symbols of the global co-op movement and of our collective identity; Together they demonstrate our unity of purpose.  

    In a world suffering from a deficit of democratic representation and from short-termism, co-operatives demonstrate how business can be done not only differently, but better – not only for their own benefit, but also for

  • The Co-op that Changed the South

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    It was a small cooperative store on a little known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors seeking inspiration. Among the legendary leaders who visited the co-op were: Ralph Abernathy, Dorothy Cotton, Conrad Brown, Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lewis, Bernice Reagon, Cleveland Sellers, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Andrew Young, Hosea Williams and many others.

    What began in that co-op was a Citizenship School to

  • The DE-fining Difference – And So Much More

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    “Be ashamed to die until you’ve won a victory for humanity.”

    It was heavy stuff to be hearing at 6pm on a Thursday night, especially given the location.  We were in North Carolina, home to the Biltmore and Krispy Kreme Donuts and arguably the greatest college basketball rivalry known to man.  More precisely, we were in Raleigh, a place whose famed main drag of Franklin Street features celebrated establishments like Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe and Time After Time Vintage Thrift Shop (kitchy stuff for the uninitiated).  Drill down even further to the building where this quote came to life

  • 2014 Membership Dues Drive

    A 2014 Dues Advisory is in Effect!

    We know how the Polar Vortex has affected all of our lives. Items are getting lost and misplaced and things are awry. Perhaps your dues invoice has suffered at the hands of this meteorological phenomenon and we understand the toll it has taken on us all. Have no fear, the forecast for making your payment looks sunny!

    The NCBA CLUSA 2014 Membership Dues drive is in full swing. The year ahead has much potential to be a great year for cooperatives and we do not want you to miss a single minute of it! Your continued support of NCBA CLUSA is critical in our efforts to support a cooperative movement that enhances the well-being of communities around the United States.

    We sent your 2014 dues invoice to you at the beginning of January. If you cannot locate it, no problem, you can request an electronic copy by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

  • NCBA CLUSA receives $2.4 million Project Extension to Benefit Youth in Kenya

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    (WASHINGTON, DC)—NCBA CLUSA has recently been awarded $2.4 million by the United States Agency for International Development to extend its successful Yes Youth Can! (YYC) program in the Coastal Province and in Nairobi County through August 2014. This 10-month extension of YYC programmatic activities will consolidate the positive results already obtained in relation to empowering youth, and will lead to more sustainable youth organizations, increased levels of youth advocacy, improved livelihoods, and higher levels of participation by women in leadership roles.


  • Royal Visit to NCBA CLUSA Project in East Timor

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    (January 17, 2014)

    At the invitation of the Prime Minister of East Timor, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attended the ceremonial launch of a United Nations project to eradicate famine and hunger from Timor-Leste. During her visit, Her Royal Highness (HRH) was hosted by NCBA CLUSA at their agricultural training center and was very impressed by the operation of the Café Cooperative Timor (CCT), NCBA CLUSA’s flagship project in East Timor.

    The CCT cooperative is the largest private employer in East Timor with 23,000 famers, 350 full time staff,

  • Co-op Coffee Farmers Open Their First Café in California


    Americas’ First Farmer-Owned Café Brews the Cream of the Crop

    The country’s first farmer-owned espresso bar recently opened in November 2013, serving American consumers freshly brewed coffee directly from small-scale farmers in Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Ethiopia. An initiative of the Pachamama Coffee Cooperative of Small-Scale Coffee Producers, the Davis café is 100% owned and governed by the farmers themselves.

    “Who’s your farmer?” is a question that Pachamama answers. In contrast to the typical café, Pachamama is a fully integrated supply chain that empowers coffee farmers to



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