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2015 Inductees for Cooperative Hall of Fame Announced

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October 1, 2014

Contact: Leslie Mead
703-383-5456
lmead@cdf.coop

2015 Inductees for Cooperative Hall of Fame Announced

Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

The inductees are consumer cooperative advocate and educator Ann Hoyt, retired professor and department chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Consumer Science; cooperative agri-business leader Daniel T. Kelley, former GROWMARK, Inc. board chair; cooperative educator William J. Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship and president of the CHS Foundation; and cooperative development strategist Judy Ziewacz, former executive director of the Cooperative Development Foundation.

These cooperative leaders will be recognized at the annual Cooperative Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on the evening of May 6, 2015.  In conjunction with the ceremony, a public forum on cooperative development and leadership will be held in the afternoon.

“Induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made genuinely heroic contributions to the cooperative community.  The 2015 Inductees join a host of extraordinary Hall of Fame members who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the cooperative movement,” said Gasper Kovach, Jr., board chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), which administers the Hall of Fame.

 

Ann Hoyt, retired professor and department chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Consumer Science, Madison, WI

Hoyt, an internationally known expert on cooperatives, began her distinguished career in the 1960s as a member of the Berkley Consumer Food Co-op. Her academic interest in cooperatives took root in graduate school at University of California at Davis, where her Master’s Thesis focused on the Consumer Cooperative of Sacramento.

Hoyt was elected to the board of the National Cooperative Bank in 1982. In 1985 she joined the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Department of Consumer Science and the UW Center for Cooperatives. In 1992 she began serving on the board of the National Cooperative Business Association where she served as chair from 2004 – 2006.  In 1994 she was elected to the board of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union where she served as chair from 1996 to 2005.

Always active in the national food cooperatives, Ann began her 25 year directorship of the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) in 1988. Her love of teaching led to work in board education and governance, and the launch of an intensive education program for food cooperative managers, the Cooperative Management Institute (CMI). She has trained several thousand cooperative and non-profit directors and managers throughout the country and is the creator of a video-based director training program for cooperatives.  Hoyt is the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative Service Award from CCMA and the Howard Bowers Fund.

 

Daniel T. Kelley, former GROWMARK, Inc. board chair, McLean County, IL

An authentic leader and champion of cooperative development, Kelley spent more than three decades serving the cooperative sector. Most recently, he retired as board chairman and president of the agriculture supply cooperative GROWMARK, Inc. Kelley’s roots in the cooperative movement began in 1970 when, as a full-time farmer, he joined his local cooperative, Evergreen FS. He later served as president of the organization from 1985 to 2008.

A tireless champion of new ideas and innovation, Kelley is widely credited for shaping GROWMARK, Inc. into the organization it is today. AgriVisor, a grain and livestock marketing analysis and brokerage service, was initiated during his tenure. A joint venture between GROWMARK and Illinois Farm Bureau, the venture has since expanded to serve Farm Bureaus in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

In the 1980s, Kelley shouldered efforts to reform the Farm Credit Banks, creating a foundation for success that co-ops, the Farm Credit System, its member-owners and rural communities enjoy today. Over his career Kelly has served on many cooperative boards.  He is currently on the board of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, CoBank and Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation, which he chairs.

 

William J. Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship and president of the CHS Foundation, Inver Grove Heights, MN

William Nelson’s involvement in cooperative education began in the 1970s while serving as community education director for the Minneapolis public school system, focusing on connecting urban and rural schools around food and hunger issues. In this role, Nelson was first introduced to a new wave of food cooperatives in the Twin Cities. Nelson went on to spend 13 years at the University of Minnesota-Waseca, teaching courses on cooperatives, agriculture, entrepreneurship and leadership.

In 1992, Nelson joined CHS Inc. to revitalize its cooperative education grants program. Now in its 22nd year, the program continues to support a variety of projects that enhance the understanding of cooperative business. Today the program works closely in conjunction with the newly established CHS Center for Cooperative Growth. In his current position, Nelson provides leadership to CHS Stewardship activities, including support of universities, rural leadership development, and cooperative education and agriculture safety programs. Nelson has been instrumental in developing the CHS University Initiative on Cooperative Education, a program that increases the understanding of the cooperative business model through education, development and practical experience.

Nelson is a founding member and director for the Ralph K. Morris Foundation. He has also brought stable leadership and financial support to the Association of Cooperative Educators. And through his long tenure as president of The Cooperative Foundation, Nelson helped expand support for cooperative development, extension, education and research.  Nelson also serves on the National Council on Farmer Cooperatives’ executive education committee, as well as the board of directors for the National Cooperative Business Association and the Farm Foundation.

 

Judy Ziewacz, former executive director, Cooperative Development Foundation, Monona, WI

For more than 35 years, Ziewacz has championed cooperative development. An early career in politics saw her, at age 26, named the youngest female chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Working for Representative Al Baldus, Ziewacz became well versed in rural development, agriculture, and farm credit, including the myriad cooperative enterprises that support them.

She later worked as chief lobbyist for Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, where she played a key role in advancing legislation to foster cooperative growth and helped propel passage of major revisions to Wisconsin’s co-op statute.  In 1985, she was instrumental in launching the nation’s first statewide co-op development center—the Wisconsin Cooperative Development Council, now known as Cooperative Development Services.

Ziewacz was a driving force behind the creation of favorable federal policy for dairy co-ops and the establishment and funding of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program in the 1990 Farm Bill.  In 1996, she became the executive director of the Cooperative Development Foundation and later led the application process to secure DotCoop as a new top-level Internet domain for use by the international cooperative community.  Ziewacz currently serves on the boards of the National Cooperative Bank and Capital Impact Partners, and chairs the cooperative development committees of both organizations. Her clear vision, strategic thinking and acumen for consensus building have enriched the cooperative community.

 

The Cooperative Hall of Fame is administered by the Cooperative Development Foundation, the 501 (c) (3) non-profit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA). Nominations are received annually from across the cooperative community, with the final selection made by the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors on the recommendations of a selection committee of national cooperative leaders. The Cooperative Hall of Fame gallery is on display at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and can also be viewed online at heroes.coop.

For attendance and sponsorship information, call CDF Events Coordinator Cassandra Durand at (202) 383-5445 or email cdurand@cdf.coop.

The Cooperative Development Foundation (www.cdf.coop) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to advancing economic and community development through innovative cooperative enterprise.

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the U.S. and an international development organization with a $250 million five-year portfolio in 16 countries. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support and advocacy to help co-ops thrive.

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Seven Communicators to Receive Sullivan Fund Grants

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May 22, 2014
CONTACT: Leslie Mead, lmead@cdf.coop

Seven Communicators to Receive Sullivan Fund Grants

Washington, DC – Advisors of the Cooperative Development Foundation’s Sullivan Fund recently approved nearly $3,200 in grants to support training for cooperative communicators. The grants were awarded to:

  •  Teri Ditsch of Blue Hawk Cooperative (Chandler, AZ) attended the February CCA West/South Central Professional Development Workshop in Sacramento, CA
  • Courtney Hennis of Crystal Valley Cooperative (Lake Crystal, MN) was a panelist at the CCA Professional Development Workshop in Sacramento, CA in February
  •  Janice Welsheimer of Wilt Public Relations, Inc (Springfield, OH) and Cassie Durand of CDF (Washington, DC) to attend the 2014 Cooperative Communicators Institute in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Three Rivers Food Co-op (Fort Wayne, IN) to send Heather Grady, the marketing Team leader, to NCGA’s Marketing Matters training session in May 2014.
  •  Mariah Battiston of Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI) to attend the 2014 PCPI Conference in Washington, DC
  • Wild Root Market (Racine, WI) to send Marcia Buhler, chair of the marketing/communications committee, to the 2014 Consumer Cooperative Management Association Annual Conference (CCMA)  in Madison, WI

The Shirley K. Sullivan Fund was established in 1998 by The Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) to honor of longtime member Shirley Sullivan, a senior editor at Southern States Cooperative.  The purpose of the Fund is to promote the professional development of cooperative communicators. The Fund does this through educational grants to attend professional development seminars or classes and other leadership development activities.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.  CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.  (www.cdf.coop).

CDF Grant helps NYC Co-ops recover after Hurricane Sandy

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March 22, 2014

CONTACT: Leslie Mead, lmead@cdf.coop

CDF Grant helps NYC Co-ops recover after Hurricane Sandy

Washington, DC – The Cooperative Development Foundation Board of Directors approved a grant of $31,000 to repair four buildings severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy.  The properties are owned by the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), a cooperative development organization in New York City that promotes homeownership through affordable cooperative housing.

“UHAB is as thrilled as we are grateful for CDF’s assistance to affordable co-ops on NYC’s Lower East Side.  That neighborhood has a high concentration of low-income housing co-ops and several had their heat and electrical systems completely drowned by Hurricane Sandy.  CDF’s grants to these co-ops will help their reconstruction and, more importantly, help preserve their affordability so long-time community homeowners are not displaced,” said Mariana Metalios of UHAB.

CDF’s Co-op Disaster Recovery Fund helps co-ops and their members recover from disasters and promotes co-op enterprise in recovering areas.  This grant was made possible by a $10,000 donation from the National Cooperative Bank as well as donors at Amalgamated Housing in New York and individuals from across the country.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.  CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.  (www.cdf.coop).

CDF Disaster Fund helps Sioux Falls Co-op Recover after Fire

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March 12, 2014

CONTACT: Leslie Mead, lmead@cdf.coop

CDF Disaster Fund helps Sioux Falls Co-op Recover after Fire

Washington, DC – The Cooperative Development Foundation’s 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. The grant will be used for expenses not covered by insurance to get the Co-op operating in a new location.

“We lost everything to a fire on January 19th — the food, the computers, the refrigeration, everything.” said Molly Langley, general manager. “I have no special wisdom about how to cope with such a devastating loss. I will say this:  being part of the co-op community made these last six weeks survivable…. Every single day has brought challenges; but I always knew there was someone in the co-op community who had a suggestion, a hopeful perspective, and an empathetic ear.”

CDF’s Co-op Disaster Recovery Fund aids cooperatives and members impacted by disasters and promotes co-op enterprise in recovering areas.  Contributions to the fund come from cooperative members and organizations across the United States.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.  CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.  (www.cdf.coop).

CDF Disaster Grant helps Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

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March 18, 2014

CONTACT: Leslie Mead, lmead@cdf.coop

CDF Disaster Grant helps Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

Washington, DC – The Cooperative Development Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a grant of $20,000 to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) to be used to help co-ops and members recover from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The National Confederation of Cooperatives in the Philippines reported that, as of November 20, at least 350,000 cooperative members had been affected by the typhoon.

Dame Pauline Green, president, International Cooperative Alliance, issued an appeal for donations for co-op recovery in the Philippines.  Robynn Shrader, CEO, National Cooperative Grocers Association, asked that CDF accept donations made for this appeal and forward them to the ICA.

“When tragedies like Haiyan occur, it is heartening to see the cooperative community come together and show the true spirit of our movement, which is that together we are stronger and more effective together than alone,” said Shrader. “Recovery has been slow in the wake of Haiyan, and these monies will be a tremendous help in the re-building effort.”

CDF’s Co-op Disaster Recovery Fund helps co-ops and their members recover from disasters and promotes co-op enterprise in recovering areas. This grant was made possible by a $10,000 donation from the National Cooperative Grocers Association as well as contributions from food co-ops and cooperators around the country.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.  CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.  (www.cdf.coop).

The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) is an organization that raises awareness about cooperatives and promotes an environment in which cooperatives can thrive. ICA provides advice and financial support to the global cooperative movement.

 

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

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March 20, 2014

CONTACT: Leslie Mead, lmead@cdf.coop

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 training and education of food co-op staff, board members, and managers.  Most of the contributions to the Fund are raised during two annual fundraising events — the Consumer Cooperative Management Association’s (CCMA) Annual Conference Event in June and Howard Bowers Day in October. The Bowers Fund has given out over $338,000 in grants to date.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.  CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.  (www.cdf.coop).

Leslie Mead named CDF Executive Director

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February 27, 2014

CONTACT:   Judy Ziewacz,  jziewacz@cdf.coop

Leslie Mead named CDF Executive Director

Washington, DC, February 25, 2014 – The Cooperative Development Foundation’s (CDF) board of directors today named Leslie S. Mead executive director of the foundation.

Mead has 30 year of experience with cooperative organizations, most recently serving as president of The Cooperative Foundation, a private foundation based in St. Paul, MN.  Through her leadership, The Cooperative Foundation was an early supporter in the emerging worker cooperative field.  The Cooperative Foundation is also the primary funder of the National Cooperative Education Inventory and Needs Assessment being conducted by Southern New Hampshire University.

“Leslie’s experience with foundations, nonprofit boards and the cooperative community is a perfect match for the needs of the Cooperative Development Foundation,” said CDF Board Chair Gap Kovach. “We are very fortunate to have someone with her experience and skill set to lead the work of CDF.”

Mead began her career with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, raising from assistant general counsel to the positions of vice president for legal, tax and accounting policy and vice president for education.  She also served as the executive administrator of the Association of Cooperative Educators, an international organization of cooperative educators and developers.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law — Bloomington.  She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two sons.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC.  CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.  (www.cdf.coop).

 

Funds Available For U.S. Cooperative Recovery From Natural Disasters

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November 29th 2011

CONTACT: Liz Bailey
703.302.8093
Lbailey@cdf.coop  

Funds Available for U.S. Cooperative Recovery from Natural Disasters
Merger of the CDF and Northcountry Disaster Recovery Funds 

Arlington, VA—Citing the need to pool resources and efficiently help members of the U.S. cooperative community recover when natural disasters strike, the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) and the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) today announced a merger of their disaster recovery funds and the ongoing management of the funds by CDF.  While the NCF funds were targeted specifically to meet the needs of food co-ops and their suppliers in the Upper Midwest, CDF’s fundraising will continue to be broad-based and targeted to the unique recovery needs of disaster situations, both domestic and international.

“Mother Nature has given us a mission – to enable co-ops to help other co-ops when disaster strikes”, said CDF Executive Director, Liz Bailey.  “Currently we are raising funds and making grant awards from CDF’s Emergency Fund to assist cooperatives in the Northeast that suffered devastating losses from Hurricane Irene, but we’ve also just completed raising $120,000 for the cooperatives in Japan that are still recovering from last spring’s earthquake and tsunami.  We are grateful to the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation for the infusion of $65,000 in additional funds for use with the current Hurricane Irene recovery effort and, as a result of this merger, we also will extend eligibility for funding from CDF’s Emergency Fund to any cooperatives in the Upper Midwest who would have been eligible to apply for assistance from Northcountry’s disaster recovery grant program.”

In addition to thanking Northcountry Cooperative Foundation for the transfer of its funds, CDF also singled out the food cooperative sector for its generous support for both the NCF and CDF disaster funds.  “This is all about co-ops helping co-ops,” said Bailey.  “Every time there has been a disaster, the cooperative community, and food co-ops in particular, have responded and we know that they will be there again for victims of the next disaster as well.”  In addition to the food cooperatives, CDF singled out several other organizations that have been particularly supportive of the CDF Emergency Fund this past year with their donations of time or money, including:  the CHS Foundation, which provided $50,000 in seed money for the Japanese recovery initiative; NCB and the National Cooperative Grocers Association, who both provided $5,000 in seed money to get the Hurricane Irene fundraising established; and CDF’s partners in the outreach and review of applications for assistance due to Hurricane Irene losses – the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), the Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA).

“2011 has produced a devastating series of storms, tornadoes, floods and wildfires,” Bailey said.  “We applaud the resiliency of the co-ops and their members who have been affected and we sincerely thank the cooperative community for its generosity in coming to their assistance.  The needs are massive and we’ll never be able to cover all of their losses.  But we can help at some level and we ask you to continue to support co-op recovery through a tax-deductible donation to the CDF Emergency Fund.”

To make an online contribution, to get more information on the CDF Emergency Fund, to access the grant application, or to find information about the first Hurricane Irene grant awards, go to CDF’s website, www.cdf.coop .  Checks can be made out to CDF-Emergency Fund and sent to: CDF at 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA  22202.  For more information, contact Ellen Quinn at equinn@cdf.coop or 703.383.8094.

 

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US Co-ops raise $120,000 for Japanese Recovery

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November 16th 2011

CONTACT: Liz Bailey
703.302.8093
Lbailey@cdf.coop

The US Co-op Community Raises $120,000 for cooperative recovery in Japan 

Washington, D.C.—Responding to the need to help the long-term recovery of the Japanese economy from this year’s natural disasters, the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) today announced an award of $120,000 to the Japanese Consumer Cooperative Union (JCCU) from CDF’s Co-op Emergency Fund for Japanese Recovery.  “Our fundraising began within days of the earthquake and tsunami and today we are pleased to announce this grant award to JCCU for use in helping the Japanese cooperative community rebuild after this devastating natural disaster” said CDF Board Chair, Gasper Kovach, Jr.

The announcement was made today inWashington,DCandCancun,Mexicowhere the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) is having its General Assembly.  Representing CDF at the announcement in Cancun is Lindy Bannister, General Manager of the Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis, MN and a member of the US delegation to the ICA meeting.

“This is all about co-ops helping co-ops, one of the core Co-op Principles” said Kovach. “The funds raised come from cooperatives and members of cooperatives across theUnited States. The contributions range from a $50,000 check from the CHS Foundation to $15,000 in funds raised from the U.S. student housing co-op community, $5,000 contributions from multiple food co-ops and $5 and $10 contributions from individuals from across the country.  It’s also been a response that is about concern for community which is another of the fundamental Co-op Principles that are shared by co-ops worldwide.”

Kovach singled out the food cooperative community for special thanks for their response to the fundraising appeal.  “Every time there has been a major disaster, theU.S.food cooperative community has shown great compassion and generosity.  They always step up to the challenge and the response to the Japanese co-op community’s needs was no different – close to 50% of the funds raised for Japanese recovery came through the food co-op sector and it’s for that reason that CDF is pleased to have a member of the U.S. food co-op community, Lindy Bannister, making this presentation to JCCU on behalf of the entire U.S. cooperative community.”

“We thank the ICA for providing us with this opportunity to make this presentation during the ICA General Assembly.  Together we celebrate the resiliency of the Japanese cooperative community as we begin the worldwide observance of 2012 as the International Year of the Cooperative.  The theme of the observance is “Cooperatives Build a Better World” and nowhere is this more evident than in Japan.  We hope that these funds from the U.S. cooperative community will speed the recovery of Japanese cooperatives and enable them to continue to add value to the Japanese economy and the Japanese way of life,” Kovach concluded.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a U.S.-based nonprofit charitable organization that promotes community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise (www.cdf.coop).  CDF is the non-profit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA).  CDF collects no fees for any of its costs associated with this fundraising and, as a result, 100% of the funds raised will be available to JCCU for the benefit of the Japanese cooperative community.

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CDF ESTABLISHES HURRICANE IRENE COOPERATIVE RECOVERY FUND $10,000 in Pledges Received From NCB & NCGA

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Liz Bailey
703-302-8093
lbailey@cdf.coop

Arlington, VA—Citing the need to help in the recovery of the cooperative community that was in the path of Hurricane Irene, the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) today announced the launch of the Hurricane Irene Cooperative Recovery Fund at www.cdf.coop .

The fund will direct tax-deductible contributions specifically to individuals and cooperative businesses along the East Coast and throughout New England who have experienced losses. The fund also will seek to assist organic farmers who are prime suppliers to food cooperatives.

CDF also announced that the first contributions to the fund are $5,000 from the National Consumer Cooperative Bank (NCB) and $5,000 from the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA).  The fund will seek contributions from all sectors of the cooperative business community and from the general public.

“Regions throughout the continental United States have been hit by a devastating series of storms, tornadoes, floods and wildfires.  In the latest major storm, Hurricane Irene, the victims again include co-ops and their members and we want to help.   The devastation has been massive, with flooding and wind damage that has inundated both urban and rural areas from North Carolina to Vermont,” said CDF Executive Director, Liz Bailey.  “The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) applauds the resiliency of the people affected and the extraordinary work being done by government response teams and disaster relief agencies.  We encourage your support for relief efforts that are providing invaluable support for victims, but we also ask you to consider a donation to this Fund which is focused on recovery of cooperatives and their members.”

“This is all about co-ops helping co-ops,” said Bailey.  “Every time there has been a disaster, the cooperative community has responded with financial assistance and we know that they will be there again for victims of Hurricane Irene as well.  We thank both NCB and NCGA for their early support for this fundraising initiative and their recognition that the cooperative community includes not only cooperative businesses and their members, but also their suppliers, such as the family farmers who the food cooperative sector relies on for its inventory of healthy foods.”

Collaboration with Other Co-op Organizations

CDF will partner on this fund drive with its colleagues in the cooperative community, both nationally and in the region to assure the maximum possible impact. CDF will take no administrative fee for funds raised to assure that 100% of the funds donated reach the people and organizations who need help.  CDF’s primary points of contact in the affected area will be the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association who will assist in identifying the needs and dispersing funds to those with the greatest needs.  Other partners who will assist in outreach and identification of needs include:  Cooperative Development Institute , National Cooperative Grocers Association , the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Online donations to the Hurricane Irene Cooperative Recovery Fund can be made at www.cdf.coop. Checks can be made out to CDF-Irene Fund and sent to: CDF at 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA  22202. For more information, contact Ellen Quinn at equinn@cdf.coop or 703.383.8094.

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