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Nationwide Grant supports CDF Cooperative Innovations Initiatives

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February 23, 2016

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Nationwide Grant supports CDF Cooperative Innovations Initiatives

Washington, DC – The Nationwide Foundation, Columbus, OH, awarded a grant of $60,000 to the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) to support start-up cooperative business associations as well as general operating expenses.

 

“Nationwide Insurance Foundation’s generous support allows CDF to build capacity, leverage resources and raise public awareness about cooperatives,” said CDF Executive Director Leslie Mead.

 

Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies.  Since 2000, it has given more than $345 million to non-profit organizations.  Nationwide, based in Columbus, OH, is one of the largest insurance and financial services organizations in the world. www.nationwide.com.

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).

2016 Inductees to Cooperative Hall of Fame Announced

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2016 Inductees to Cooperative Hall of Fame Announced

Three outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 4, 2016 when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

The inductees are Dennis Bolling, outgoing president and CEO of United Producers, Inc.; Dennis A. Johnson, former president and CEO of the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives; and Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.”

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 4, 2016.  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 2016 inductees join a host of extraordinary Hall of Fame members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the cooperative movement,” said Gasper Kovach, Jr., board chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation, which administers the Hall of Fame.

 

Dennis Bolling, outgoing president and CEO, United Producers, Inc. (UPI)

A champion of the co-op business model and visionary cooperative educator, Dennis Bolling has spent close to four decades serving the cooperative sector. He brings a legacy of service to and advocacy of farmer cooperatives to the 2016 Cooperative Hall of Fame.

Bolling’s cooperative career began in 1980, when he began working at the Louisville Bank of Cooperatives, a predecessor institution to CoBank. There, one of his accounts was Producers Livestock Association, the organization that later became United Producers, Inc. (UPI), an Ohio-based livestock marketing, finance and member services cooperative serving farmers in the Midwest.

When he joined the organization in 1989, Bolling helped then Producers Livestock Association emerge from the economic downturn that plagued the agriculture sector throughout much of the 80s. In 1999, he oversaw a series of mergers that doubled the co-op’s size and expanded its services to producers in ten states. In late 2001, Bolling steered UPI through a complex, eight-year legal and financial labyrinth in the wake of a Ponzi scheme that left it bankrupt and $80 million in debt. Under his leadership, UPI not only survived what was widely seen as a crippling setback, but its members emerged protected and its operations undamaged. Today, UPI is the largest livestock marketing cooperative in the U.S., serving 45,000 members, marketing 3 million head of livestock and recording annual sales of $1.2 billion last year.

Once UPI was stabilized, Bolling turned his attention to his lifelong passion—cooperative education and development. An advocate of strong board governance, he developed a board certification program and used the Farm Credit Services’ leadership modules to provide advanced governance training to co-op boards. At a time when the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives’ (NCFC) education program was on the brink of disappearing, Bolling helped reinvent it and ensure its broad support. To build a more engaged and efficient workforce, he created UPI University, which includes company orientation, sales and management training courses. At CoBank, Bolling led the committee that developed its director education program, writing and presenting much of it himself.

Bolling was instrumental in creating numerous cooperative education organizations, including the game-changing Center for Cooperatives, Business and Community Education and Development at Ohio State University and the Mid America Cooperative Council. Bolling serves on the Executive Committee and as chair of the Education Committee at NCFC, where his goal is to help cooperative directors understand the scope and complexity of their role, acquire the skills they need to apply around the board table, learn to conduct business with accountability and transparency and make informed decisions as part of a diverse group. Bolling also chairs the board of the NCFC Foundation, where he has set fundraising strategies and expanded the organization’s scope of work.

Bolling recently completed a term as chair of the LEAD Program, a two-year leadership program affiliated with Ohio State. In July, he received the Reginald J. Cressman Award from the Association of Cooperative Educators in recognition of his mentorship and profound impact on the development of cooperative leaders.

 

Dennis Johnson, former president & CEO of the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives

An early investor behind a new generation of Midwestern co-ops in the 80s and 90s and a key figure in the development of senior housing co-ops, Dennis Johnson holds a pivotal place in cross-sector cooperative history.

His legendary career at the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives saw him advance from credit analyst in 1973 to president and CEO in 1989, a position he held until the St. Paul Bank merged with CoBank in 1999. Early on, Johnson recognized the integral role the cooperative business model could play in improving life in rural America and, under his leadership, the St. Paul Bank became a leader in supporting new venture co-op formation and finance. He also oversaw the bank’s most significant change during its 55-year history when, in 1989, it transitioned from a lender with a four-state charter to one with a national charter under the Agriculture Credit Act of 1987. The expansion placed the St. Paul Bank in a unique position to influence, support and encourage the application of the co-op business model to spur rural economic development.

Working alongside Rod Nilsestuen in the mid-80s, Johnson was an early supporter of a new entity—a cooperative development center that would provide needed technical assistance to both existing co-ops and startups. He and the St. Paul Bank were a reliable source of funding for what is today known as Cooperative Development Services.

Starting with the Homestead Housing Cooperative program in the 1990s, Johnson has long played a leading role in the senior co-op housing sector.  After retiring from the St. Paul Bank in 1999, Johnson devoted the next 15 years to finding a new approach to developing and financing senior housing co-ops. In 2002, he helped organize the Senior Cooperative Foundation. In 2006, Johnson joined Cooperative Housing Resources (CHR) as executive vice president, strengthening the organization as the nation’s only lender focused solely on financing senior housing co-ops. Johnson was the lead organizer of the annual Senior Cooperative Housing  Conference, for which he continues to shape content. Recognizing the need for members to understand the cooperative model, Johnson created the Senior Co-op Housing Education Program, which has benefited more than 6,000 member-owners. In 2009, he incorporated a purchasing co-op to leverage the buying power of senior housing  co-ops that procure flooring, phone/Internet/TV, appliances and other items. In 2013, he was a key part of the group that launched a successful grassroots network to convince the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development not to shutter its Minneapolis office. Instead, staff grew from 11 to 50 people, most of whom continue to provide services and resources to senior housing cooperatives both regionally and nationally.

During his years as board member and chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation, Johnson served as finance chair of the National Rural Development Task Force. In that role, he helped secure the congressional authorization and appropriations for the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. Today, this program remains the primary source of federal funding for cooperative development.

 

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice” (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014)

A cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert, Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is author of the recently published book, “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice” (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014). The result of 15 years of careful research, the book solidifies Gordon Nembhard as a historian of cooperative empowerment and transformation within low-income and minority communities. Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities.

Gordon Nembhard is Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY). In the early 2000s she was an Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park and a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative at U MCP.  She was also a founding board member of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2008-09 she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and continues to be an affiliate scholar with that center. Since 2007, Nembhard has served on the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) Board of Directors, where she contributes to research and education programs.

Gordon Nembhard’s groundbreaking research has profoundly impacted the worker co-op sector. Her vision and principled leadership have positioned worker co-ops as tools for economic and racial justice in the 21st century. She is an active participant in and advisor to both leading cooperative organizations and grassroots cooperative development. Gordon Nembhard co-founded the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops and helped that organization build lasting ties with prominent civil rights and cooperative organizations.  She is also an active member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter collective and recently joined the board of directors of Green Worker Cooperatives. In 2001, she received the Cooperative Advocacy and Research Award from the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy.

An integral supporter of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Gordon Nembhard has provided critical historical information, training and staff mentorships to the organization. She is currently working with a committee of the Federation to draft a pilot co-op curriculum for Tuskegee University that the team hopes will prompt other universities to recognize the value of adding co-ops to their business curriculum. Gordon Nembhard also worked with the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi and is a member of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP), a regional network dedicated to building a robust co-op economy in the U.S. South among marginalized communities. She is also instrumental in planning CoopEcon, an annual conference hosted by SGEP and held at the Federation’s Rural Training and Research Center in Epes, Alabama. In addition, Gordon Nembhard was a panelist at the 2014 Jackson Rising conference.

Gordon Nembhard is also a widely published author, and is president of the board of directors/shared leadership team of Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) D.C.  Her induction to the 2016 Cooperative Hall of Fame validates the ongoing work of cooperative leaders to reverse economic inequality within the U.S.

 

The Cooperative Hall of Fame is housed in the offices of the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, DC, where a permanent collection of commemorative plaques tells of the contributions made by each inductee.  The Cooperative Development Foundation administers the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  Nominations are received annually and reviewed by a screenings and selection committee, each composed of current leaders from the various sectors of the U.S. cooperative movement.

The Cooperative Development Foundation promotes self-help and mutual aid in community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.  CDF administers a family of funds that provide grants to promote cooperative development and innovation.  The foundation also engages in educational programming that both enables networking among cooperative development practitioners and raises awareness about cooperatives in the public policy arena.

For more information about CDF and the Cooperative Hall of Fame, visit www.CDF.coop and www.Heroes.coop .

 

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CDF Bowers Fund Receives $25,000 Donation from NCGA

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December 19, 2015

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CDF Bowers Fund Receives $25,000 Donation from NCGA

Washington, DC – The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) recently committed $25,000 to the Howard Bowers Fund of the Cooperative Development Foundation.  The donation, made on behalf of NCGA’s 143 members, will be used to support projects and programs benefiting food cooperatives.

Since 1994, the Howard Bowers Fund has provided over $380,000 in scholarships for board, staff and management training and for attendance at the Consumer Cooperative Marketing Association (CCMA) meeting as well as support for special projects. Generous donations such as NCGA’s, as well as fundraising activities at CCMA, help the Bowers Fund fulfill its mission to promote and develop consumer food cooperatives

“Through its support of scholarships and training programs, the Howard Bowers Fund not only assists existing co-ops in their pursuit of excellence, but also fosters the next generation of cooperative leaders. With our donation, NCGA is pleased to share in the Fund’s long history of support for co-ops,” Robynn Shrader, CEO, NCGA.

The Fund’s namesake, Howard Bowers, dedicated his life to the consumer cooperative movement.  His career spanned five decades, including work with the Chippewa Indian Consumer Co-op in South Dakota, the West Bank Co-op in Minneapolis, the Eau Claire Consumer Cooperative, and the Hyde Park Cooperative Society. http://www.cdf.coop/bowersfund/ .

NCGA is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops with members located throughout the United States. It represents food co-ops operating over 190 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.7 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers. https://www.ncga.coop/ .

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 Receives $20,000 Grant from NCGA for Emergency Fund

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October 1, 2014

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CDF Receives $20,000 Grant from NCGA for Emergency Fund

Washington, DC – The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) recently donated $20,000 to the Emergency Fund of the Cooperative Development Foundation.  The donation, made on behalf of NCGA’s 143 members, will be used to help cooperators and cooperative businesses recover from disasters. Earlier this year the Fund made $56,000 in grants to assist a food co-op in South Dakota recover from arson, to help co-op housing in New York City rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, and to help co-op recovery from Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in the fall of 2013.

“CDF’s Emergency Fund is a shining example of cooperatives cooperating with one another, and plays an important role in growing a resilient cooperative economy. On behalf of all NCGA co-ops, we’re honored to support CDF’s ongoing work to help co-ops worldwide, and their communities, rebuild following natural or other unforeseen disaster,” says Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA.

The Emergency Fund targets its grants to recovery as opposed to immediate relief.  These grants help cooperatives re-open to serve their members and promote cooperatives as a tool for rebuilding and economic development in areas struck by disaster.  CDF works with local cooperative leadership and cooperative development organizations with projects in the affected area to be sure that funds are distributed to cooperatives most in need.

NCGA is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops with members located throughout the United States. It represents food co-ops operating over 190 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.7 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.

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).

2015 Inductees for Cooperative Hall of Fame Announced

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October 1, 2014

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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).