CDF receives CHS Foundation 2016 Cooperative Education Grant

CDF d94d4CDF d94d4The CHS Foundation, based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, awarded a grant to the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) to enhance cross sector understanding of cooperative development initiatives. The grant also includes funds to support a conference of home care worker cooperatives.

“The CHS Foundation philanthropy has created a network of cooperative education and development initiatives that positively impact people and communities. The Cooperative Education Grant to CDF will help engage all sectors in cooperative development. We are particularly pleased that the grant provides travel and stipend funds for worker owners attending the inaugural Home Care Worker Cooperatives Conference in September," said CDF Executive Director Leslie Mead.  

The CHS Foundation ( is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. (NASDAQ CHSCP), the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.

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

Registration now open for the 60th Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference

ccma 2016 logo 500 63d93ccma 2016 logo 500 63d93Registration is now open for the 60th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference, scheduled for June 9 – 11, 2016, at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Join NCBA CLUSA and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, along with primary local hosts Franklin Community Co-op and River Valley Co-op, for groundbreaking keynotes, discussions, sessions and workshops intended to spur a radical shift in thinking within the food co-op sector.

Under the theme, “Disrupting the Future: Cooperative Food and the Next Generation,” the 2016 CCMA Conference will focus heavily on challenging current and emerging food co-op leadership to address diversity and inclusion through their cooperative businesses.

The conference will also address the need for food cooperatives to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive natural foods marketplace. Food co-ops continue to battle perceptions of elitism and the expectation of higher prices. Session topics will address how the sector can challenge those expectations by working to impact communities outside the traditional food co-op demographic and demonstrating diversity and inclusion through recruiting and hiring practices.

The 2016 CCMA Conference will offer 30 sessions within the following six tracks:

    ⁃    Inspirational strategies for outdistancing the competition
    ⁃    Succession planning and leadership development for the entire team
    ⁃    2020 and beyond: new approaches to cooperation
    ⁃    Participatory governance for success
    ⁃    Financing the co-op future
    ⁃    Social, economy and racial diversity

NCBA CLUSA is offering customized registration options to meet your needs, including special team pricing available to three or more individuals registering from the same organization. Click here for registration details. NCBA CLUSA members benefit from discounted rates; click here to explore membership options.

Whether you work for a startup or a long-established food cooperative, the annual CCMA Conference is the best place to collectively address challenges facing the food co-op sector and opportunities to reclaim its place at the forefront of a healthy, sustainable and just food economy.

Make plans now to attend the food co-op sector’s leading conference. Register today!

NASCO Cooperative Internship Network accepting host applications

nasco logo 500 0ee46nasco logo 500 0ee46Is your cooperative looking to hire an intern this summer? The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) is accepting host applications for its summer Cooperative Internship Network. Whatever the size or type of your organization, we encourage you to take part in this opportunity to expand your support team.

Since the 1980s, the NASCO Cooperative Internship Network has allowed cooperatives and other organizations to directly market paid internships to thousands of cooperative youth through NASCO's membership and networks without the hassle of a traditional intern hiring process. Through this service, NASCO will advertise the internships, process host/intern applications and identify potential matches. Hosts simply design their internship, conduct interviews and make a hiring decision.

NASCO’s 45-member organizations represent nearly 4,000 individuals, the majority of whom are youth living in housing cooperatives. Unlike typical internship applicant pools, NASCO’s members are entering the workforce with a wealth of cooperative experience, advanced democratic competencies, relevant job skills and a deep appreciation for the cooperative business model. These are not your typical interns.

Applications from host organizations are due by Sunday, February 28, 2016. For more information, visit NASCO’s website or join one of our information sessions on February 3 or 12. Questions may be directed to Morgan Crawford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NCBA CLUSA seeking nominations for 2016 Board of Directors

ncba clusa logo 500 399b4ncba clusa logo 500 399b4NCBA CLUSA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill five seats on the 2016 Board of Directors. The NCBA CLUSA Board directs, controls and inspires the organization. The Board:

•    Brings consistent focus to the association’s longer-term impacts, results, purposes, and future opportunities to serve the needs of members, not on operational methods of achieving those results

•    Emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development; clear distinction and respect for board and management roles; collective decision-making after consideration and encouragement of a diversity of viewpoints; and evaluation of organizational performance in terms of strategic and measurable results

•    Assures excellence in governance through a disciplined approach based on adherence to the highest standard of ethical conduct in all aspects of its guidance, decision-making, and leadership of the association

To be eligible for election, a candidate must be either an Individual member or a director or an employee of a Cooperative or Associate member in good standing.

What to Submit
Interested nominees should complete and submit this Nomination Form with requested supplemental material to the Nominating Committee no later than February 22.   

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.
Nominations must be received by February 22, 2016, to be considered.

The Process
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. 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 (Cooperative Business Journal). 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, DC, during the Annual Cooperatives Conference.

Candidates will have access to a copy of the NCBA CLUSA membership list for campaigning purposes. Candidates must agree that:
    (1) The list is to be used solely for the campaigning process and,
    (2) The list cannot be used for any other purpose.

Questions and Information
Questions about the roles, responsibilities and duties of the NCBA CLUSA Board, eligibility requirements, or the nominations process can be directed to the 2016 Nominating Committee.

2016 NCBA CLUSA Nominating Committee:
Michelle Schry, Chair       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Joe Bergeron                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Susan Newton                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dave Swanson                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew D. Jacob, CFA    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pat Sterner steps down as NCBA CLUSA’s COO of Domestic Programs, transitions into revenue building role

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As part of management transitions at NCBA CLUSA, Pat Brownell Sterner has announced she is stepping down from her three-year tenure as Chief Operating Officer for Domestic Programs at NCBA CLUSA to focus her attention on building sustainable sources of revenue for the organization's domestic operations. In her new role as NCBA CLUSA's Senior Development Director for Domestic Programs, Sterner will work directly with Interim CEO Judy Ziewacz.  

"We are grateful to Pat for staying on in this new role," Ziewacz said of Sterner's transition. "Having the opportunity for Pat to focus her expertise in sustainable revenue production for domestic operations will help us build a strong platform for the next 100 years." NCBA CLUSA is celebrating 100 years of cooperation in 2016.

Sterner's accomplishments during her three years as COO for Domestic Programs include establishing the networks for the growing Cooperative Business Association groups and the Cooperative Professionals Network; forming the Cooperative Leadership Coalition that guided the launch of the Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and establishment of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus; coordinating the partnership between USDA, Cooperative Professionals and NCBA CLUSA to publish a comprehensive manual on cooperative law in the U.S.; and successfully advocating for enhancing the role of Cooperative Services as a major part of USDA Rural Development's reorganization to focus on community economic development.   

"I am honored to assist in developing long-term revenue plans for NCBA CLUSA's domestic programs," Sterner said of her new role. "And I am happily postponing retirement for the chance to work alongside my long-time colleague and friend, Judy Ziewacz, to secure the future of NCBA CLUSA."

Sterner took on her new role as of January 1, 2016.


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