The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) promotes self-help and mutual aid in community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprise. CDF is a thought leader in the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities, including the housing and care needs of seniors and people living with disabilities. Through its funds, fiscal sponsorships, and fundraising, CDF makes grants and loans that foster cooperative development domestically and abroad. CDF provides recovery grants to cooperatives impacted by disaster, scholarships to train local cooperative leaders, and funding for research and education to advance the understanding of cooperatives. CDF hosts the annual Cooperative Hall of Fame, an event that exists to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding cooperative leaders. The Hall of Fame is held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC every October. CDF also hosts the Co-op 5k, a fun, family-friendly event that brings together cooperators from all sectors in the spring. Both events are major fundraisers for the Foundation.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, CDF is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA).