• Webinar: National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives talks ethics and compliance for co-ops

    NSAC-logo-web 333bcNSAC-logo-web 333bcThe actions of its management and employees help shape the public perception of a co-op, making adherence to good ethics and best practices for compliance a crucial element of cooperative success.

    “A good ethics and compliance program can communicate the expectations of management and set parameters for employees, helping to maintain the reputation and credibility of the co-op, said Bill Erlenbush, education director for the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC).

    Erlenbush will lead a 60-minute

  • NRECA praises Menendez and Corker for “Energize Africa Act”

    nreca-logo-web 5b56dnreca-logo-web 5b56dU.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker recently introduced legislation that promotes access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this press release on June 19, expressing appreciation for the senators' support: 

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson today thanked U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and

  • National Cooperative Bank ranked #5 on Washington Post Top Workplaces list

    NCB-top-workplace-web 0e9a9NCB-top-workplace-web 0e9a9From left: Rozeana Fonseca, Rebecca Coder, Nida Sae-Chua, Michele Fantt Harris, Mary Alex Blanton, Pricilla Nicolas, Diahann Smith and Dami Odetola celebrate NCB’s ranking as the 5th best mid-size company to work for in the D.C. area.The National Cooperative Bank is dedicated to strengthening communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial

  • Stonington employees buy three stores, creating largest worker co-op in Maine

    burnt-cove-web e6557burnt-cove-web e6557The employees of three local retail businesses in Maine have joined together to purchase what is now the state's largest worker cooperative. The move is allowing longtime employees of the businesses to achieve economic security and build wealth through ownership, both for their families and their community. The Bangor Daily News published this news story on the new cooperative: 

    By Bill Trotter, BDN

  • NCBA CLUSA’s workshops at InterAction Forum reveal growing interest in cooperative sector

    amy-InterAction-workshop-web be6b0amy-InterAction-workshop-web be6b0InterAction Forum attendees who participated in NCBA CLUSA’s workshops last week expressed a keen interest in engaging the cooperative sector in sustainable international development, organizers said.

    “The group was engaged and interested in deepening their knowledge of the cooperative business model,” said Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA COO for International Development.

    The annual InterAction Forum brings together leaders from non-profits, governments,

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  • NCBA CLUSA's new management role in CCMA begins with listening

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    More than 500 cooperators representing hundreds of co-ops from around the country came together for networking, learning and collaboration at the 58th annual Consumer Cooperatives Management Association’s (CCMA) annual conference held in picturesque Madison, Wisconsin from June 12 to 14, 2014.

    This year’s theme "Forward!" was taken from the Wisconsin state motto, and set a superhero tone for the various breakout sessions and keynote address. The meeting kicked off with various tours of local cooperatives, with a great mix of cooperatives in the

  • NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talks coming to Austin

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    NCBA CLUSA is hosting a town hall-style Co-op Talk in Austin this week that will convene cross-sector cooperative leaders to advance the cooperative movement.

    Click here to register.

    The event features keynote speaker Courtney Moran, executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. Her message, “The Importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Credit Unions and Other Cooperatives” is expected to highlight the continuing need for

  • ACBA partners with Austin City Council in resolution to foster growth of cooperative businesses

    ACBA Logo4 82feaACBA Logo4 82feaThe Austin City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution drafted by the Austin Cooperative Business Association that supporters say will foster cooperative solutions for affordable housing, quality jobs and local food production and distribution in the region.

    The June 12 resolution cements support for the development and growth of cooperative businesses and calls on Austin’s city manager to convene stakeholders to develop recommendations detailing ways the city can promote the development of new and existing cooperative businesses by the end of August. ...

  • NCBA CLUSA joins 5th Birthday and Beyond initiative, salutes gains in child survival and health

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    NCBA CLUSA is joining more than 100 other businesses, NGOs, faith-based, civic and philanthropic organizations to support the 5th Birthday and Beyond initiative celebrating America’s global leadership for healthy children.

    Over the past 25 years, the U.S. has played an essential role in one of the world’s most remarkable success stories—unprecedented progress to prevent the deaths of millions of children. This year, 6 million fewer children will die before their 5th birthdays than in 1989. Annual deaths from diseases such as pneumonia,

  • NCBA CLUSA featured in new NGO Aid Map highlighting global intervention

    NGO-MAP-WEB 3f67fNGO-MAP-WEB 3f67fAn interactive map plotting the landscape of global intervention—pin by pin, project by project—is the latest tool meant to bolster awareness and collaboration among non-governmental organizations.

    NCBA CLUSA is among 86 organizations whose collective 2,940 (and counting!) projects make up the NGO Aid Map, launched last week by NGO alliance InterAction and sponsor FedEx at the 2014 InterAction Forum in Washington, D.C.

    “The map aims to increase the amount of

  • NRECA supports Memorial Day ride for wounded vets

    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. NRECA recently published this story about their support of Ride 2 Recovery, a non-profit that backs the health and wellness of recovering veterans through cycling:

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    Concerns over aging cooperative members

    castle-wealth-web 1aa05castle-wealth-web 1aa05NCBA CLUSA associate member Castle Wealth Advisors designs and implements financial strategies for family held businesses and cooperatives, helping owners and members achieve their long-term goals and protect their business and family assets. Ahead of the financial advisory firm’s June 26 webinar, president and CEO Gary L. Pittsford sent this thought leadership

  • NCGA applauds Vermont as first U.S. state to achieve mandatory labeling of GMOs

    organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2The National Cooperative Grocers Association is working with the Center for Food Safety, the Environmental Working Group and coalition Just Label It to advocate for federally mandated GMO labeling. Vermont’s new GMO labeling law is a key step forward in the process, the association said in this recent press release:

    The National Cooperative Grocers Association

  • Conservation farming yields bumper crop in Namibia

    CA-namibia-web d2706CA-namibia-web d2706Vilho Nande, a farmer who practices Conservation Agriculture (CA) in the Oshikoto region of Namibia, is reporting a bumper crop of more than 13,000 lbs (6,000 kg) of “mahangu,” or pearl millet, according to a report by the New Era Newspaper.

    Farmers planting maize and cowpea are reporting similar success.

    Nande is lead farmer for the USAID-funded Namibia Conservation Agriculture Project (NCAP) implemented by NCBA CLUSA. Using the rip-furrow method, he demonstrates the benefits of CA and trains nearby farmers in climate-smart methods.

  • National Cooperative Bank’s New York Office reports $22.3 million in new financing for local cooperatives in May

    The National Cooperative Bank strengthens communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services, with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The organization’s New York Office sent this press release about a recent milestone:

    National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, originated $22.3 million in new loans during May for 12 New York area properties. The outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and Westchester led the way with more than $18.5 million in financing. Edward Howe III, managing director of the NCB New York office, made the announcement.

    “Half of the region’s loan activity during May occurred in Queens and Brooklyn, in sharp contrast to last month, where most of the financing was for cooperatives in Manhattan,” Howe said. “The Bank is proud to continuously be a trusted source of financing for cooperatives in a number of New York neighborhoods...

  • International Co-operative Alliance joins UN Global Compact

    icaicaThe International Co-operative Alliance unites cooperatives worldwide. This press release from the alliance announces one of its newest endeavors:

    The International Co-operative Alliance has joined the world’s largest voluntary CSR initiative—the United Nations Global Compact. This is a strategic policy initiative for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles relating to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

    Cooperative enterprises as values-based and people-centred businesses are, by

  • Neighboring Food Co-ops approve resolution on co-op identity

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    The Neighboring Food Co-op Association is a network of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England locally owned by more than 90,000 people. The association’s recent resolution on cooperative identity is part of a broader movement within the cooperative sphere to ensure that businesses using the cooperative identity adhere to cooperative principles:

    The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) Board of Directors recently approved a resolution on The Co-operative Legal Identity,

  • NCBA CLUSA Supports Co-op Development Training in Africa

    mike-bunge-web fa582mike-bunge-web fa582NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall (center), flanked by members of a youth bunge in Mombasa.

    NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall was among a team of program facilitators and mentors in Nairobi, Kenya helming the first ever continent-wide African Cooperative Development Education Training program in

  • Agreement with Kenyan government cements NCBA CLUSA as cooperative leader in country

    MOU-signing-web 97f90MOU-signing-web 97f90NCBA CLUSA CEO and president Mike Beall (left) and Wilson Songa, executive secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development, sign an agreement that enlists cooperative development to empower communities.A breakthrough agreement signed this week by NCBA CLUSA and the Government of Kenya solidifies the trade association and international



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