Join NCBA CLUSA’s 100th Anniversary Photo Contest—you could win a co-op prize pack!

100yrs banner 500 4f7f4100yrs banner 500 4f7f4NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the launch of its photo contest celebrating 100 years of cooperatives that build a better world!

During each month of 2016, beginning in March, NCBA CLUSA will accept submissions that are posted on social media with the hashtag #IAmACoop. NCBA CLUSA members and supporters are encouraged to submit photos they believe best demonstrate the power of cooperation or the monthly theme (see below for a list of monthly themes). A winner will be announced each month and will receive a co-op prize pack!

To submit a photo, post it on social media with the hashtag #IAmACoop and tag either NCBA CLUSA’s Facebook page or Twitter handle, @NCBACLUSA. Entrants may also submit photos via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: Co-op Photo Contest.

Submitted photos will be collected in a Facebook album by monthly theme during the last week of every month. By the end of that week, the photo with the most “likes” in the Facebook album will will the monthly contest. Each winner will receive a co-op prize pack.

Photos tagged with #IAmACoop warrant a submission to the photo contest. If any photos tagged with #IAmACoop wish to be removed from the album, contact NCBA CLUSA. Click here to read additional details and permissions.

Monthly Themes
March – Women Pioneers and Co-ops
April – Co-ops and International Development
May – Resilience
June – Farm to Table
July – Entrepreneurship
August – Buy Local
September – Rural America
October – Future Leaders

We look forward to seeing your submissions for March!

NRECA celebrates House passage of Electrify Africa Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the Electrify Africa Act (S. 2152), with strong support from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The Senate passed the legislation unanimously last month, and the bill now heads to the president for his signature. The bill encourages public-private partnerships that will bring electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and help lift impoverished African communities out of subsistence living.

“NRECA began a program to bring electricity to rural residents in developing countries more than 50 years ago during the Kennedy Administration,” said NRECA Interim CEO Jeffrey Connor. “Thanks to the leadership of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), this bipartisan bill will make it possible for 50 million people in Africa to have access to electricity by 2020. With the continued support of America’s electric cooperatives, we look forward to expanding the benefits of power to rural areas around the globe.”

“African leaders increasingly recognize that access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical to stimulate local income generation and overall economic growth,” said Dan Waddle, NRECA International senior vice president. “Everyone benefits from unlocking the potential of peri-urban and rural communities in Africa, which is not possible without electrification.”

NRECA’s international affiliate—NRECA International—has worked in developing countries since 1962. Its global commitment has provided electricity to more than 110 million people in 43 countries. NRECA International currently implements electrification projects in Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization representing more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives in the United States. Those co-ops provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.

Nominations for NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 Board of Directors are due February 22

board elections banner 600 1 af552board elections banner 600 1 af552Nominees interested in running to fill five seats on the 2016 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors, which directs and inspires the organization, should complete and submit this Nomination Form with requested supplemental material to the Nominating Committee no later than February 22, 2016—less than two weeks away!

Please email this information to be forwarded to the Nominating Committee to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An NCBA CLUSA Board-appointed Nominating Committee, composed of members of the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors, will review all nominations to verify the candidates’ eligibility per the organization’s bylaws.

To be eligible for election, a candidate must be either an Individual member of NCBA CLUSA or a director or an employee of a Cooperative or Associate Member in good standing. Nominees will be notified in advance of the status of their candidacy.

Per the NCBA CLUSA bylaws, the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least two candidates more than the number of open positions.  

By March 15, the Nominating Committee will present to the NCBA CLUSA membership a slate of no fewer than seven candidates for consideration. The slated candidates’ biographical sketches, candidate statements and photographs will be published on the NCBA CLUSA website and in CBJ Online. The information will also be posted in the online election system.

The online election will open on March 29 and close on April 28; during this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing will be able to cast their votes.

The NCBA CLUSA Board election is handled electronically through Simply Voting, a secure, cost-effective and environmentally responsible online platform for election services.

The election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA's Annual Business Meeting, which will be held on May 2 in Washington, D.C., during the 2016 Annual Cooperatives Conference.

Click here to view additional details and a list of Nominating Committee members.

Inaugural Home Care Cooperative Conference scheduled for September 2016

CDF d94d4CDF d94d4Home care worker cooperative members and developers from across the country will gather September 12 – 14, 2016 in Dulles, Virginia, at the inaugural Home Care Cooperative Conference. The conference is organized by the Cooperative Development Foundation and hosted at the headquarters of the National Rural Electric Utility Cooperative Finance Corporation.  

In addition to providing important networking opportunities, conference topics will include:

•    Economies of scale through collaboration and joint services
•    Growth opportunities: markets and models
•    Increasing revenue through new services
•    The economics of the home care industry
•    Communicating the benefits of cooperative membership

While key to keeping seniors and the disabled out of nursing homes and hospitals, home care providers are some of the lowest paid workers in the United States. The cooperative model empowers workers and enhances their working conditions. The goal of this conference is to help existing and nascent cooperatives think in terms of systems and collaborations that can improve wages and job satisfaction as well as client care.

Through a USDA Rural Cooperative Development grant and support from the MSC Fund and other organizations, CDF will cover expenses related to travel, lodging and lost wages for home care providers to participate in the conference.  

Additional information will be posted on the CDF website in March. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the conference or CDF’s home care cooperative work, contact Leslie Mead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 383-5456.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.

Co-ops: Incubators of better democracy

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