CDF is currently raising funds for recovery efforts due to Hurricane Sandy. Please make your donations below.
NCB has donated $10,000
CoBank has donated $1,000
The Cooperative Development Foundation has a history accepting donations and sending funds and making grants to assist in the recovery of cooperatives and their members struck by natural disaster. From the floods in North Dakota and Mozambique in the 1990s to the Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake more recently, CDF has collected and given more than $530,000 in emergency funds for 14 disasters:
- 2011 – $76,286 for Hurricane Irene
- 2011 – $120,000 for Japan earthquake and tsunami
- 2011 – $4,371 for Spring Storms in the United States
- 2010 – $62,980 for Haiti earthquake
- 2006 – $15,908 for Indonesia earthquake
- 2006-2008 – $121,700 for Hurricane Katrina
- 2004 – $39,198 for Asia tsunami
- 2001 – $30,399 for 9/11
- 2001 – $17,661 for El Salvador earthquake
- 1998-1999 – $5,557 for Caribbean hurricane
- 1998 – $31,265 for Nicaragua (Hurricane Mitch)
- 1998 – $9,779 for Kenya bombing
- 1998 – $1,626 for Mozambique flooding
- 1997 – $2,836 for North Dakota flooding
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.
How to Contribute
If you would like to contribute to the recovery of cooperators and cooperatives from a natural disaster, please visit www.cdf.coop and use the Google checkout cart on the right. Thanks to a generous grant from Google, Inc, all donations to CDF that are made online through Google have no fee taken out. 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.