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  • NCBA CLUSA announces results of 2014 Board of Directors election

    NCBA-CLUSA-logo-400 b25feNCBA-CLUSA-logo-400 b25feNCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the results of its 2014 Board of Directors election, which ran August 4 to 29. The following candidates were elected and have begun serving on the board: 

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    Driven by change: Operation Round Up® turns 25

    iStock-coins-hands-web 75129iStock-coins-hands-web 75129More than 250 electric co-ops nationwide are putting the principle of "Concern for Community" into action by giving members the opportunity to round up their electricity bills to the next dollar. All that spare change has raised several hundred million dollars for charitable causes nationwide. Reed Karaim wrote this story for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association about the program's 25th anniversary: ...

  • CoBank named 'Safest Bank' in U.S. by Global Finance magazine

    CoBank-logo-web 47b20CoBankCoBank-logo-web 47b20 serves industries across rural America, providing loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communication providers in all 50 states. The cooperative bank was recently recognized the nation's 'Safest Bank' by Global Finance magazine. CoBank published this press

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  • Why co-ops are the future of the American economy

    AlJazeera e69a8AlJazeera e69a8In this opinion piece for Al Jazeera America, Matthew Harwood, senior writer/editor at the ACLU, explains why co-ops are a solution to American economic insecurity, and why the business model should appeal to liberals and conservatives alike: 

    When American politicians and commentators discuss inequality and

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  • NCBA CLUSA’s working group at Quebec Summit to cement U.S. co-ops’ key role in adopting ‘Blueprint’

    quebec-summit-web 1b469quebec-summit-web 1b469Registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s afternoon working group during the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, returning to Quebec City next month.

    Called “Designing a Cooperative Future Among U.S. Cooperatives,” the trade association and international development organization’s working group is scheduled for Monday, October 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can expect to collaborate across cooperative sectors to explore the opportunities and challenges “The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade”

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  • Registration open for inaugural Cooperative Professionals Conference

    CPC-logo-1 198bbCPC-logo-1 198bbWant to network and collaborate with fellow co-op professionals? The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is hosting the first conference specifically designed for legal and accounting professionals who serve the cooperative community, in collaboration with the following legal experts:

    David P. Swanson, partner, Dorsey & Whitney

    Thomas Beckett, attorney, Mountain South Business Law

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  • Annual Co-op 5K to benefit CDF’s cooperative development work

    co-op-5K-web e3ce3co-op-5K-web e3ce3At the starting line during the 2013 Co-op 5K. [photo courtesy CDF]NCBA CLUSA will join other corporate and individual sponsors in the Washington, D.C. area next month for the Cooperative Development Foundation’s 26th Annual Co-op 5K.

    The race regularly draws hundreds of participants and supporters from the local co-op community and helps kick off ...

  • NCB lends $60+ million in new loans for co-op housing during August

    iStock-house--web 10b71iStock-house--web 10b71The National Cooperative Bank strengthens communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The organization sent this press release about its financing activity last month:  

    National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, originated $60.5 million in new loans during August for 22 New York area properties.

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  • Jim Nussle, former House Budget Committee chair/director of OMB, named president/CEO of CUNA

    jimNussleBio 183f0jimNussleBio 183f0[photo courtesy The Nussle Group]A comprehensive search has led to the appointment of former congressman and cabinet member Jim Nussle as CEO and president of the Credit Union National Association. CUNA published this

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  • Yes Youth Can! project extension signed for $1.5 million through July 2015

    YYC Certificate a6607 243adYYC Certificate a6607 243adAn agreement taking affect this month grants NCBA CLUSA $1,450,637 to extend its USAID-funded Yes Youth Can! capacity-building project in Kenya through July 2015.

    The extension moves the project’s estimated completion date from August 31, 2014 to July 31, 2015, increases the total budget to $9,045,385 and amends the program description to include new activities to be implemented during the extension period.

    According to the agreement, NCBA CLUSA will “utilize the youth network and Government of Kenya systems to the greatest extent

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  • F2F spotlight: Meet our September 2014 volunteers!

    ValerieJarvis-web 9d6fbValerieJarvis-web 9d6fb[Valerie Jarvis]September is another busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in El Salvador and Senegal. Here are our volunteers:

    Valerie Jarvis is a mother of ten and a woman of many talents. She is skilled in animal husbandry, livestock nutrition, cheese-making and business development. Valerie started a business

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  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps co-op nation

    ALS-challenge 2fee9ALS-challenge 2fee9[Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Dawson Public Power in Lexington, Nebraska.]Representing the interests of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. ECT Staff Writer Michael W. Kahn

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  • Fairtrade products witness a 15% growth in the market

    Dayana-Rivera-displaying-some-of-COOPEAGRIs-coffee-brands-at-the-co-ops-supermarket-in-Costa-Rica-600x400 f074dDayana-Rivera-displaying-some-of-COOPEAGRIs-coffee-brands-at-the-co-ops-supermarket-in-Costa-Rica-600x400 f074d[photo courtesy Co-operative News]The 2014 annual report from Fairtrade International, a

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  • Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer spotlights: Senegal and El Salvador

    August has been a busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in Senegal and El Salvador. Funded by USAID, the F2F Program's goal is to generate rapid, sustainable and broad-based food security and economic growth in the agricultural sector. A secondary goal is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs. To achieve these goals, F2F programs design volunteer assignments and scopes of work that maximize opportunities for volunteers to work and interact with rural communities in the host countries.

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  • ROI everywhere as exhibitors bring learning opportunities to Minneapolis conferences

    PCC logo - 2014 88337PCC logo - 2014 88337The 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives and Annual Cooperatives Conferences, to be held jointly at the Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 8 to 11, will feature a unique mix of sessions, attendees and conversations as NCBA CLUSA works on “Building a Cooperative Future” across the various sectors through education, convening and networking opportunities.

    Attendees will find a Return on Investment in everything that they will experience, with exhibitors playing an integral role. 

    On September 9, during the

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  • How America's largest worker-owned co-op lifts people out of poverty

    zaida-yesmag 9db6czaida-yesmag 9db6cZaida Ramos, employed at Cooperative Home Care Associates, with her son in their East Harlem, N.Y., neighborhood. [photo: Stephanie Keith]In a move recognizing the role of co-ops to create quality jobs and spur economic growth, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council in June

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  • Payment processing provider TransFirst finding new business with co-op/purchasing groups

    TransFirst-logo-web 81834TransFirst-logo-web 81834Based in New York, TransFirst is one of the nation’s largest providers of secure payment processing with more than 1,300 distribution partners, processing over $48 billion for 200,000 merchants in 2013.

    TransFirst recently entered the co-op/purchasing group sector and is currently engaged in learning what services best resonate with the industry. 

    “By leveraging existing technology and focusing on providing high-quality and trusted solutions, TransFirst is able to provide its partners

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  • A new day for El Salvador cashew co-op, thanks to cooperation among cooperatives

    alex-phyllis 3df80alex-phyllis 3df80[photos courtesy Equal Exchange]Equal Exchange, a leading importer of organic, Fair Trade products and one of America's largest and fastest-growing worker co-ops, sent this story about its relationship with Aprainores, a cashew co-op in El Salvador currently hosting NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer and business consultant Mel Farmer. By supporting Aprainores'

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  • Preparing Your Cooperative for a Worry-Free Audit

    wegner-CPAs ebfe6wegner-CPAs ebfe6With more than 65 years of combined knowledge and experience working in the cooperative sector, NCBA CLUSA associate member Wegner CPAs offers audits, reviews and temporary CFO and controller services. Ahead of the accounting firm's August 20 webinar, CPA and partner Pete Oettinger sent this thought leadership piece: 

    So the “love letter”

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  • Cooperatives Acting as Agents for Peace Worldwide

    Sri-lanka-dairy-web 2ce11Sri-lanka-dairy-web 2ce11Cooperative dairy farmers increase production in Sri Lanka. In conflict zones worldwide, co-ops are providing solutions to contributing issues such as income inequality, workplace insecurity, community disruption and food security. [photo courtesy Co-operative News]Cooperative Principal 7, Concern for Community, summarizes how co-ops help bring sustainable

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