• North American Students of Cooperation accepting host applications for 2015 internships

    nasco logo web 86385nasco logo web 86385The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)'s Cooperative Internship Network is officially accepting host applications for 2015 internship positions. NASCO Director of Educational Programs Morgan Crawford sent this announcement: 
    We are reaching out to you as a potential partner to participate in our matching process and host an intern this upcoming summer. Whatever the size or type of your organization, we encourage you to take part in this opportunity to expand your support team. Eligible host sites may be co-ops,

  • Co-operatives stand by France following Charlie Hebdo attacks

    co-opNews-je-suis-charlie 78e04co-opNews-je-suis-charlie 78e04Members of the International Co-operative Alliance's Principles Committee, meeting in Paris shortly after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, released a statement condemning the attacks and expressing solidarity with cooperators and citizens of France. Co-operative News published this news release highlighting the statement and similar moves to express unity: 

    Following the recent deadly

  • World Council announces youth agricultural program in Kenya

    Kids 78ac1Kids 78ac1World Council of Credit Unions recently signed an agreement through its Cooperative Development Program (CDP) with Beverly School of Kenya (BSK), a private boarding school in rural Kenya, to implement an agricultural program that encourages and educates youth to view agriculture as a means of income.

    World Council selected BSK for the "Future Farmer Schools" pilot program due to its focus on sciences, technology, engineering and

  • Reminder: NCBA CLUSA membership renewals are due March 31

    deadline-web 2d515deadline-web 2d515The NCBA CLUSA 2014 Membership Renewal Drive is in full swing. 2015 promises to be a great year for cooperatives, and we don't want you to miss a single minute of it! Your continued membership in NCBA CLUSA is critical to our efforts to support a cooperative movement that enhances the well-being of communities across the United States. 

    Remember: You'll need to renew your membership by March 31 to be eligible to vote in the 2015 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors' election in April. The earlier renewal deadline this year accommodates the 2015

  • NCBA CLUSA, HealthPartners and WOCCU host workshop on strengthening partnerships for international development

    partnerships-workshop-amy-web 01700partnerships-workshop-amy-web 01700Many U.S. cooperative development organizations (CDOs) engage not only in local community development, but support economic and social development globally as well.

    Last week, NCBA CLUSA, HealthPartners and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) led an interactive workshop on strengthening partnerships for the international development community featuring Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA COO for International Development; Tom Carter, Senior Advisor for Cooperative Development for the U.S. Agency for International

  • National Cooperative Bank’s New York office arranges $48.3 million in financing activity in December

    ncb-logo 76066National Cooperative Bankncb-logo 76066 (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, announced that the bank originated $48.3 million in new loans during December for 27 New York area properties. Edward Howe III, managing director of the NCB New York office, made the announcement.

    Mr. Howe originated $27.3 million in new loans during December, including the largest loan of the month, a $7 million first mortgage and a $1 million line of credit for 201 West 21st Street, a 130-unit co-op in Manhattan. Other activity

  • Electric co-ops respond to widespread outages during January cold spell

    suv-hits-pole-in-snowy-weather a53b5suv-hits-pole-in-snowy-weather a53b5Ice, snow and frigid temperatures are complicating their efforts, but electric co-ops continue to serve their customers and respond to widespread outages amid this month's cold spell. Electric Co-op Today published this report

    As a wintry blast swept across the country this month, electric cooperative line crews from Texas and Montana to the East Coast moved quickly to deal with widespread outages in the

  • Credit unions uniquely positioned to lead online lending market

    online-lending-CUs-web 83c83online-lending-CUs-web 83c83With their mission to educate and benefit members, credit unions are positioned to dominate the emerging online lending market. Vince Passione, CEO and founder of LendKey Technologies, a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider, explains why credit unions should embrace online lending in the current issue of Credit Union magazine: 

    Lending Club’s Initial Public Offering on December 10, raising more than $1 billion, is

  • January 15 deadline for Bowers Fund Startup Food Co-op Grant program

    bowers-fund-web 17e18bowers-fund-web 17e18Cooperatives currently in development or in business for less than one year must apply for the Bowers Fund Start-up Food Co-op Grant program on or before January 15 to be considered by the fund’s advisory board.

    Between six and ten grants in the range of $600 to $1,000 will be awarded this year to support leadership training and education at startup food cooperatives nationwide. Since its establishment in 1993, the Bowers Fund has conferred more than $370,000 in grants to support the food co-op sector.

    Application guidelines:

  • With new housing co-op, Minnesota community now resident-owners

    NCF-logo fdf13NCF-logo fdf13The residents of a manufactured housing community in Fairmont, Minnesota, last month joined the ranks of about 1,000 other such communities around the country by purchasing their community.

    Resident-members of Five Lakes Cooperative worked together to form a Minnesota cooperative corporation, an entity owned and controlled by its homeowner members. Cooperative members, represented in day-to-day decision-making by an elected Board of Directors, will run the 94-site community for their mutual benefit. This new resident-owned community is the latest such cooperative among many

  • CCMA Conference Planning Committee at work on 2015 event

    boise-header-web 1ac54boise-header-web 1ac54The committee members shaping the 2015 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference represent a broad spectrum of organizations, each committed to advancing the food co-op sector through a national conversation about its future. 

    NCBA CLUSA is providing the support and infrastructure needed to ensure the continued success and enhancement of the conference, working with the CCMA Planning Committee to create an outstanding conference experience for participants.

  • FREE webinar January 30: Disaster Preparedness and Management for Co-ops

    WittOBriens Logo low-res 7334aWittOBriens Logo low-res 7334aA crisis or disaster can strike at any time. Is your co-op prepared to respond to and recover from a data breach, natural disaster or other crisis? Start the new year off with the tips and tools you need to protect your cooperative. 

    Join experts from emergency preparedness and management firm Witt O'Brien's on January 30 for NCBA CLUSA's first webinar of 2015. This free webinar will teach you how to mitigate risk, protect your clients and

  • NCBA CLUSA member spotlight: Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative

    member-spotlight bbdaemember-spotlight bbdaeFormed in 1994 to leverage the strengths of independent welding distributor members in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) now boasts 650 locations across North America, more than $2 billion in retail sales and 140 owner-members. IWDC is the exclusive marketer of Weldmark products, made by the industry’s leading manufacturers to meet strict specifications.

    This week we talked with Frank Kasnick, president and CEO of the Indianapolis, Indiana-based cooperative, for

  • National Cooperative Grocers Association unveils new name, brand

    NCG-logo-web 037dcNCG-logo-web 037dcFor the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), the New Year brings a new name. On January 2, the organization announced its new brand identity and name, National Co+op Grocers (NCG). According to the press release, the changes better represent the organization’s role as a business services cooperative owned by more than 140 retail food co-ops working together to grow the cooperative economy and serve more people in more communities across

  • NCBA CLUSA highlights civil society work and engagement with co-ops at USAID workshop

    usaid-logo-web 37d01usaid-logo-web 37d01At a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) workshop on civil society engagement held in Crystal City, Virginia last week, NCBA CLUSA COO Amy Coughenour highlighted the organization’s civil society work in its Yaajeende Food Security Program in Senegal, one of Feed the Future’s (FTF) flagship projects.

    The workshop session, entitled “Inclusive Development: How Civil Society Organizations Can Make a Difference in Addressing Gender, Age and Socio-economic Inequalities,” served as a training for some of

  • NCBA CLUSA prepared to engage with growing Cuban co-op sector through U.S. cooperatives

    shutterstock-cuba-web 6b6fcshutterstock-cuba-web 6b6fcUnited States President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to normalize diplomatic ties with Cuba, marking a historic shift in U.S.-Cuban relations.

    The December 17 announcement is expected to ease travel to Cuba and increase business conducted between the two nations. In light of these proposed changes, the U.S. cooperative movement is positioned to support Cuba’s emerging co-op sector.

    The move comes as Cuba pursues updates in an effort to strengthen its economy, which have included bolstering the role of existing

  • NCBA CLUSA year in review

    NCBA-CLUSA-logo-400 b25feNCBA-CLUSA-logo-400 b25fe2014 was a year of milestones for the co-op community—credit unions celebrated reaching 100 million members, the National Cooperative Grocers Association applauded Vermont as the first U.S. state to achieve ...

  • CDF Bowers Fund receives $25,000 donation from NCGA

    CDF-logo-web 1827bCDF-logo-web 1827bThe National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) recently committed $25,000 to the Howard Bowers Fund of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). The donation, made on behalf of NCGA's 143 members, will be used to support projects and programs benefiting food cooperatives.

    Since 1994, the Howard Bowers Fund has provided more than $380,000 in scholarships for board, staff and management training and for attendance at the Consumer

  • Worker co-op documentary to air on World Channel in January

    shift-change 97f29shift-change 97f29A celebrated documentary profiling worker-owned cooperatives is among 19 outstanding programs addressing the theme of inequality scheduled to air on World Channel in January.

    Produced by award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, “Shift Change” tells the stories of employee-owned businesses that successfully compete in today’s economy while

  • Feed the Future Global Food Security Act passes House; companion legislation in Senate bumped to 2015

    FeedTheFuture-logo-web 90cd4FeedTheFuture-logo-web 90cd4With its approval late December 10 by the United States House of Representatives, U.S.-led global food security legislation is one step closer to becoming law.

    The move came two days after NCBA CLUSA co-hosted a food security briefing with the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., meant to highlight NCBA CLUSA’s sustainable, nutrition-led approach to development and how these efforts complement the larger global food security strategy proposed by the bill.

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