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.

This money is not for immediate relief as there are many organizations for that purpose.  This money is to help cooperators rebuild their lives, to help cooperatives re-open to serve their members, and to promote cooperatives as a tool for rebuilding and economic development.  CDF works with the local cooperative leadership and cooperative development organizations with projects in the affected countries to be sure that funds are distributed to cooperators and cooperatives most in need.

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How to Contribute

If you would like to contribute to the recovery of cooperators and cooperatives from a natural disaster, please click the “Donate” button above. If you prefer to write a check, you can send your donation to CDF at 1401 New York Ave, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005; please note that your donation is for disaster recovery.  CDF also takes no administrative fee for disaster recovery donations; as a result, 100% of your donation will go to cooperators and cooperatives in need of assistance.  All donations to CDF are tax-deductible and donors of $25 or more will receive a letter of acknowledgement which can be used for tax records.  If cash donations are collected by an organization which then sends a single check to CDF, we ask that the organization send a list of donors with mail or e-mail addresses and the amounts donated so CDF can send acknowledgement letters for donations of $25 or more.

"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. Recovery has been slow in the wake of Haiyan, and these monies will be a tremendous help in the re-building effort."

− Robynn Schrader, National Cooperative Grocer’s Association

"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."

− Mariana Metalios, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

"We lost everything to a fire on January 19th. The food, the computers, the refrigeration, everything.

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. The day after the fire, my co-op advisor drove down from the Twin Cities and sat down with me at my dining room table to read the insurance documents.
Soon after, more Co-op wagons circled. Useful items began arriving (a working Point of Sale system). Checks floated through the mail from Co-ops far and near.

The Cooperative Development Foundation gave us a very meaningful grant.
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.

We knew you cared and we will never forget the kindnesses."

− Molly Langley, GM, The Co-op Natural Foods, Sioux Falls, SD