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Cooperative Leaders from Across
the Hemisphere Demonstrate at OAS Gathering

by NCBA CLUSA - March 21, 2014
(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, March 20th more than 150 cooperative leaders from the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America met for a first-of-its-kind event held at the Organization of American States (OAS).
“Cooperatives in the Americas: Driving Economic Growth and Social Inclusion” was jointly hosted by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), the Organization of American States (OAS), Cooperatives of the Americas—A Region of the International Cooperative Alliance, and the U.S. Permanent Mission to the O AS.

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  THUMB 01THUMB 01 Six New Food Co-ops and Groups to Receive Bowers Fund Grants
by NCBA CLUSA

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 codmmittee member training and start-up support;
  • Taos Food Co-op, Taos, NM, to travel to another NM food co-ops for hands-on training and financial training for staff.

CDF's mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises. ...
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  THUMB 01THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA to Make Appropriations Request for Continued RCDG Funding
by NCBA CLUSA

This week The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) has requested $26,630,000 for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG).
= This bill assists individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities.
 
Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities.
 
NCBA CLUSA is working in partnership with Cooperation Works! to preserve this vital funding. ...

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  THUMB 01THUMB 01 Hall of Fame Honors Cooperative Heroes
by NCBA CLUSA

Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. The 2014 inductees will be (pictured above, L-R) rural utilities leader Martin J. Lowery, credit union leader Harriet May, international development leader Papa M.D. Sene, and cooperative financer Barry Silver.
“The roster of the Cooperative Hall of Fame tells the story of the U.S. cooperative community through the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary individuals,” said Gasper Kovach, Jr., board chair, Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). “Induction to the Cooperative Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made genuinely heroic contributions to the cooperative community.” ...

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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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