Cooperative Development Foundation to host home care worker co-op conference

CDF d94d4CDF d94d4The Cooperative Development Foundation will host a Home Care Worker Cooperative Conference in the Twin Cities in the fall of 2016. The two-day conference will bring together home care worker cooperative members, managers, technical assistance providers and steering committees to discuss the economics of home care, organizing, expansion, collaboration and best practices.

To assure that the conference meets the needs of the audience, CDF is encouraging anyone interested in the subject to complete a brief, six-question survey. The results of this survey will determine the date and content of the conference.

CDF has supported research and development of home care cooperatives for more than a decade through the MSC Fund and USDA Rural Cooperative Development and Socially Disadvantage Group Grants.

In 2015, CDF provided support to:

• start home care cooperatives in New Mexico and Port Townsend, WA

• develop human resource training materials for worker cooperatives,

• host a cooperative conversion roundtable,

• host the Cooperative Issue Forum on cooperative replication models,

• conduct a survey of senior residents in the Adams–Columbia Rural Electric Cooperative service area with the intent of assessing the area for possible expansion of a home care cooperative,

• develop a sample pro forma for groups considering launching a worker-owned home care cooperative,

• develop a standardized chart of accounts for home care cooperatives, and

• review best practices in data collecting and reporting in the home care industry.

CDF 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. 

(November 16, 2015)

NCBA CLUSA board announces resignation of Michael Beall as President and CEO



(Washington, DC)—On Friday, November 13 the board of directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International published the following statement:

To Whom It May Concern:

I have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Michael Beall as CEO/President of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA). Michael, who was hired as head of NCBA CLUSA on September 28, 2012 has decided to pursue other career opportunities. In his three-year tenure as CEO/President, Michael successfully made numerous contributions to the financial and business operations of NCBA CLUSA. 

NCBA CLUSA has named Judy Ziewacz as interim CEO and Michael has agreed to assist NCBA CLUSA as a consultant on an as needed basis.  All of us here at NCBA CLUSA join in wishing Michael well in his new position as senior consultant at Credit Union Strategic Planning, Inc.  Mike can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Andrew Jacob, Chairman of the Board, NCBA CLUSA



Desjardins CEO Monique Leroux elected new president of the International Co-operative Alliance

leroux-president-ICA-500 c9dcfleroux-president-ICA-500 c9dcfMembers of the International Co-operative Alliance last week elected Monique F. Leroux as president for the 2015 – 2017 term during Towards 2020, the alliance's 2015 global conference and general assembly, held in Antalya, Turkey. Leroux was elected to serve the remaining two-year mandate of outgoing President Dame Pauline Green, who is retiring after six years of service to the international cooperative movement. 

Leroux is chair of the board, president and CEO of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the fifth strongest financial institution in the world. During her term, Desjardins Group has shown sustained growth reaching assets of $250 billion while remaining strongly committed to its cooperative values.

Leroux also chairs the boards of directors of Caisse centrale Desjardins, Desjardins Financial Corporation and the Desjardins Foundation, in addition to her role as the CEO of Desjardins Group and its subsidiaries. She also sits on the board of Crédit industriel et commercial (CIC), a subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel.

As chair of the CQCM (Quebec Association of Cooperatives), Leroux launched an ambitious plan to grow the cooperative movement by 20,000 jobs by 2020. She also contributed to the creation of CMC (Canada), a large national cooperative association.

Very active as an ICA board member, Leroux chairs the IARAC committee. She is also a member of the executive committee of EACB and CIBP, as well as founder and chair of the board of the Quebec International Summit of Cooperatives.

Leroux has received numerous honours, including the Order of Canada, the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur (France), the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States), personality of Francophonie économique, and holds honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors for her outstanding leadership in business and governance. Also committed to public policy, Leroux is a member of the Canadian Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee and participates in the B20 and B7/G7.

Leroux supports a host of not-for-profit organizations and chairs the Desjardins Foundation, which is committed to the education of young people.

“I am profoundly honoured and moved to have been elected president of the International Co-operative Alliance," Leroux said. "My thanks go out to our members across the world. I thank them for their support and the trust they invest in me.”

The International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve cooperatives worldwide. The Alliance provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about cooperatives. The members of the Alliance are international and national cooperative organisations from all sectors of the economy. The Alliance has members from 100 countries, representing close to one billion individuals worldwide.

The International Co-operative Alliance publishes each year the World Co-operative Monitor. According to the 2015 edition of the Monitor, the world’s top 300
 cooperatives have $2.4 trillion USD in turnover. Cooperatives generate partial or full-time employment for at least 250 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of
 cooperatives, making up almost 12 percent of the entire employed population of the G20 countries.

(November 13, 2015)

NCBA CLUSA submits statement to House committee in latest effort to highlight distinction between co-ops and Affordable Care Act insurers

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Continuing its efforts to protect the cooperative identity, NCBA CLUSA last week submitted a written statement for consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee ahead of its November 3 Health Subcommittee hearing on the status of the non-profit health insurance companies created under the Affordable Care Act. While NCBA CLUSA remains neutral regarding the substance of these hearings, the statement clarifies the difference between the cooperative business model and the business structure of Affordable Care Act nonprofit insurers.

In their coverage of these struggling government-funded insurers, journalists continue to incorrectly refer to them as “co-ops”—short for “cooperatives”—rather than using the uppercase acronym “CO-OP,” which stands for Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans. While some of these nonprofit health insurance companies incorporated elements of the cooperative business model (which NCBA CLUSA applauds), they are not legally structured as cooperative businesses, thus NCBA CLUSA has repeatedly requested the media to not use “co-op” and “CO-OP” interchangeably.

NCBA CLUSA published a press release on October 20 that clarified the distinction between the nation’s successful, member-owned cooperatives and the ACA nonprofit health insurers (CO-OPs), which face growing financial difficulties and media scrutiny. Since then, NCBA CLUSA has been in close contact with journalists covering CO-OPs to avoid their further association with legally structured cooperative businesses, which inject $3 trillion into the U.S. economy every year and are vital to the continued development of rural America.

NCBA CLUSA urges its members and supporters to help raise awareness by continuing to share this informative press release with their government representatives and local media outlets.

Click here to find your representative by zip code or state.

It is critical that the cooperative community come together to protect the identity and reputation of the nation’s estimated 40,000 cooperative businesses.

Tomorrow, November 5, the House's Energy and Commerce Committee will examine what it calls the “costly failures” of the Affordable Care Act’s nonprofit insurance loans. NCBA CLUSA has submitted a written statement for committee member consideration that highlights the incorrect use of the word “co-op” when referring to these loans. Visit at 10:15 a.m. EST tomorrow to watch a live stream of the hearing. 

Published November 4, 2015

NCBA CLUSA’s new “OwnIt” initiative boosts co-op identity to consumers

ownit-hand 89b9aownit-hand 89b9aIn collaboration with the International Co-operative Alliance and, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the launch of a consumer awareness initiative specifically for cooperatives, “OwnIt: Your Work. Your Identity.”

The OwnIt campaign will provide cooperatives in the U.S. both digital and paper resources to help communicate the value of their co-op identity to members and consumers. The campaign website ( features an expanding toolkit including videos, templates, posters, flyers, social media graphics and sample copy that highlights the value of using the .coop domain and the COOP Marque as effective tools co-ops can use to differentiate themselves from other types of businesses.

Along with the ability to apply for a .coop domain, the COOP Marque and NCBA CLUSA membership, the site will feature a blog where readers can submit stories and events about their cooperatives. In 2016, NCBA CLUSA anticipates the launch of an interactive forum that will provide a platform for connecting cooperatives and members across all sectors.

“We’ve designed this campaign and website to be multi-use, with the ability to evolve to meet changing needs,” said Patricia Sterner, COO for Domestic Initiatives at NCBA CLUSA. “ is now the primary resource for co-ops to easily find tools, templates, techniques and tips on communicating the value of a .coop and the COOP Marque—and really, the co-op business model—to members and customers in the marketplace. As people begin to understand the power of cooperatives, and the brand and platform grow, we see it becoming a vehicle for members and consumers of co-ops to get engaged with, participate in and provide support for both their local co-op and the entire movement.”

With U.S. consumers now familiar with trust marks like Non-GMO, Fair Trade and USDA Organic on food products and momentum behind the “Shop Local” movement, John Torres, Director of Communication and Public Relations for NCBA CLUSA, believes that cooperatives are in an ideal position to elevate awareness of the co-op business model by using the .coop domain and COOP Marque.

“Retail label trust marks are sought after by consumers, helping them to make better informed decisions,” he said. “Using the COOP Marque is the natural next step for co-ops to communicate their cooperative identity and we expect to see it everywhere. When co-ops can talk together about the .coop domain as THE place of business for cooperatives and when co-ops can talk together about the Marque as THE mark of a transparent, ethical and democratically run business, that’s when change happens in the minds of the consumers. OwnIt is an initiative that all cooperatives can use and draw common language from to communicate these differences—while still maintaining their uniqueness. NCBA CLUSA is actively supporting this initiative on behalf of our members and with our partners at and the ICA.”

Violetta Nafpaktiti, COO for, released a joint statement with Nicola Huckerby, Marketing Lead for, on behalf of the ICA, endorsing the OwnIt campaign and encouraging U.S. cooperatives to join together under the .coop and COOP Marque banners to highlight both their work and their identity as cooperatives.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be part of this exciting initiative for U.S. cooperatives,” they said in the statement. “As millennials look for new ways to empower themselves in their careers and alternative economic ideas are gaining traction, co-ops are the perfect and ready-made solution for people to jump in and get involved. All it takes is for them to understand WHY co-ops do what they do and that is what OwnIt is all about.”

NCBA CLUSA is the member association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector advocacy, education and technical assistance that helps cooperative businesses thrive. Celebrating 100 years of cooperation in 2016, NCBA CLUSA seeks to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals, families and communities. Since 1953, NCBA CLUSA has worked in more than 85 countries in the areas of cooperative development, food security and nutrition, agricultural development, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women and youth. NCBA CLUSA currently implements projects in 18 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Ltd. is an accredited domain name registrar, based in the United Kingdom. The business is a subsidiary of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and dedicated to promoting, managing and supporting the .coop domain name registrations from co-operatives across the world. In late 2013, the ICA launched the Global Co-operative Marque, which has been promoted jointly with .coop


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