• Kick off CCMA with the Annual Bowers Fundraising event!

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    Get ready for this year's Bowers Fundraising event, set for Thursday, June 12 after afternoon tours of Madison, Wisconsin at the 58th Annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference. Enjoy a "Taste of Wisconsin" buffet, catch up with friends and take your photo at the Green Screen Photo Booth. Harmonious Wail, an internationally known gypsy swing band, is scheduled to perform from 8 p.m. into the evening, making this a night you won’t want to miss!

    Each ticket includes entry to the event as well

  • CCMA going ‘Forward!’ in Madison

    CCMA-graphic-web 55bdfCCMA-graphic-web 55bdfNCBA CLUSA is gearing up for the 58th Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference (CCMA) in Madison, Wisconsin next week.

    The annual conference unites leaders from the consumer co-op sector to network and share best practices while they work to improve operations, governance, consumer education and marketing strategies.

    This year, CCMA will convene under the Wisconsin state motto, “Forward!”

    Click here … there’s still time to

  • Look for NCBA CLUSA workshops at 2014 InterAction Forum

    InterAction-graphic-web2 a3fafInterAction-graphic-web2 a3fafThe cooperative business model plays an integral role worldwide in scaling up food security and nutrition, providing energy solutions to marginalized communities and alleviating poverty through financial empowerment. 

    That’s the subject of the first of two workshops NCBA CLUSA will helm next week at the 30th InterAction Forum in Washington, D.C. 

    “The cooperative business model has a proven track record, but it is under-promoted as a viable,

  • Webinar: Financial best practices for co-op members by Castle Wealth

    castle-wealth 42a0acastle-wealth 42a0aAs cooperative members age, the industry is expecting a high turnover of ownership in the coming decade.

    Gary L. Pittsford, president and CEO of Castle Wealth Advisors and its three affiliated companies, says co-op members have an average age of 58 to 60 years old.

    “Co-ops are very concerned about protecting their members and helping them get good advice and access to lots of options when the time comes to start thinking about the succession/exit planning process,” Pittsford said.

    Castle Wealth

  • Many looms, one town, one cooperative

    weaving-martinez-web ec685weaving-martinez-web ec685NCBA CLUSA links cooperatives to markets worldwide, securing a wider customer base for their products and helping to ensure the success and sustainability of small cooperative enterprises. In this story recently published by Stories.coop, a cooperative weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico is looking for markets outside his mountain community: 

    "It’s my brothers and sister and cousins and then a few people from our town. We

  • NCBA CLUSA joins NGO Global Food Security Pledge at Capitol Hill signing

    MOU-Amy-web bfd05MOU-Amy-web bfd05Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA’s Chief Operating Officer for International Development (sixth from left), with other signatories of the Global Food Security Pledge.NCBA CLUSA joined 32 other international development organizations last week to pledge a collective $1.5 billion to advance global food security, nutrition and resilience.

    “Chronic hunger and malnutrition destabilize

  • Flooring America cooperative recognized with first-ever “Pet Hero” award

    veteran-with-dog-web 6c533veteran-with-dog-web 6c533[photo: pond5]Flooring America recently received Pets for Patriots’ first-ever “Pet Hero” award for its support of the organization’s mission to transform the lives of veterans by helping them save at-risk shelter dogs or cats. The award comes after several years of partnership between Flooring America and the

  • NCBA CLUSA among InterAction members pledging collective $1.5 billion toward global food security

    InterAction-web b0825InterAction-web b0825A landmark agreement signed yesterday by NGO alliance InterAction and the U.S. Agency for International Development is expected to better enable USAID to leverage the private resources, technical expertise and established community networks of NGOs to maximize the impact and sustainability of U.S. government and taxpayer investments to end hunger.

    The signing on Capitol Hill was among events surrounding the first-ever Feed the Future Global Forum, which is drawing global leaders from the public and private sectors to the Washington, D.C. Metro area

  • Early bird registration available for Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and Annual Cooperatives Conference

    joint-graphic-web fd0d3joint-graphic-web fd0d3NCBA CLUSA is offering early bird registration for both the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and the Annual Cooperatives Conference.

    Annual Cooperative Conference

    NCBA CLUSA members that register for the Annual Cooperatives Conference by July 31 will save $100 off the

  • In Uganda, conservation farming transforms lives

    Odongo-land-web 8c3c1Odongo-land-web 8c3c1Conservation farmer Leo Odongo trains other smallholder farmers in northern Uganda to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices. Here, a woman shares an improved variety of maize with a fellow farmer during a training event.Northern Uganda was the epicenter of a decades-long insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army that killed 100,000 people and displaced an estimated 2 million.

  • Live webinar to show how Corcentric helps boost cooperative edge in marketplace

    3corcentric-webinar-web dc6f13corcentric-webinar-web dc6f1Corcentric, a provider of innovative financial process automation solutions, is using digitization to help cooperatives compete in a changing economic and political environment.

    NCBA CLUSA members are invited to see how the right solutions can help lower operating costs and provide greater visibility for the whole community in a 60-minute live webinar called “Connect Your Community and Get Instant ROI.” Co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA and Corcentric, a gold-level

  • Applications for co-op logo exceed 500

    coop-logo-web 32194coop-logo-web 32194The co-op logo, or "global cooperative marque" features interlinked o's that symbolize collaboration. The logo helps cooperatives differentiate themselves from non-cooperative competitors, helping to build cooperative loyalty, boost marketing efforts and unite cooperatives across sectors and countries. The International Co-operative Alliance published this press release about the latest milestone in logo adoption rates: 

    Applications for the global cooperative marque have passed a milestone of 500.

  • Cabot Community bike tour to strengthen communities, honor volunteerism

    Cabot-web 070c1Cabot-web 070c1NCBA CLUSA is proud to partner with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Credit Union and Cabot Creamery, one of the premier co-ops in the U.S, for an event along the Cabot Community Tour. NCBA CLUSA will help welcome the Cabot bike tour to the DC Metro during a stop in Clifton, Virginia at the Paradise Springs Winery, part of the Vine to Wine Co-op in Virginia. The June 9 event is an opportunity to celebrate strong communities, volunteerism and cooperation among co-ops. Cabot Creamery sent this press release about the tour:

    In May of

  • Veteran innovator Papa Sene among inductees to Cooperative Hall of Fame

    HoF-papa-sene-web f2cb7HoF-papa-sene-web f2cb7Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee Papa Sene (center) flanked by NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall and NCBA CLUSA chief operating officer for CLUSA International Amy Coughenour.A veteran innovator whose life and work define cooperative values received the highest honor conferred by the U.S. cooperative community last week.

    Papa M. D. Sene, senior technical advisor for NCBA CLUSA,

  • Dame Green urges co-op community to "drive a different dialogue"

    Sustainability is at the core of the global cooperative identity.

    That was the message Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Cooperative Alliance, had for hundreds of representatives of the co-op community during the 4th Annual Cooperative Issues Forum at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club last week.

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  • Pachamama Coffee Cooperative highlighted in "The Aggie"

    pachamama-web 796afpachamama-web 796afA coffee shop opened by Pachamama Coffee Cooperative in downtown Davis, California brings consumers premium, organic coffee directly from more than 140,000 small farmers in Africa, Latin America and South America. Taylor Cunningham highlights Pachamama in this article for The California Aggie: 


    A great cup of coffee is more than your morning caffeine fix. At Pachamama

  • In Rwanda, cooperatives help build a sustainable future

    Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda continues to recover. In a recent article for Co-operative News, Anca Voinea explored how cooperatives are underpinning sustainable economic growth and development in the country.

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  • Hall of Fame induction, International Staff Retreat among highlights of Co-op Week

    hands-web bc4d4hands-web bc4d4NCBA CLUSA is gearing up for a full schedule of events this week as the trade association and international development organization celebrates Co-op Week, which falls every year during the first week of May.

    Kicking off the week is the May 6 to 7 meeting of the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors, the second of three board meetings NCBA CLUSA holds per year. This week’s agenda includes a full review of 2013 financial reports, a look at first quarter finances for 2014 and an in-depth report on the Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative. The USDA-funded project is boosting

  • Webinar on “.coop” domain highlights advantages of united cooperative identity

    coop dcb92 78acfcoop dcb92 78acfThe collective and individual benefits of uniting around a global cooperative identity resonated with dozens of participants during a webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA last week, organizers said.

    “There was a sense that ‘We need to do this together,’” said Amy Bucaida, NCBA CLUSA consultant for Marketing, Sales & Event Planning.

    Nicola Huckerby and Gareth Price of domains.coop led the webinar, explaining how adoption of the email and web address Top Level Domain “.coop” can spur business growth and raise awareness of the collective cooperative identity.

  • In Sicily, agricultural co-ops fight Mafia

    pizza-web fafbepizza-web fafbeCheck out this article by NPR highlighting a movement of small cooperatives in Sicily leading agricultural reform on land once controlled by the Mafia:

    In recent years, the effort to bring the Mafia under control in Sicily has spilled over into the world of food. Today a movement of small organic agricultural cooperatives has sprung up across the island to farm land once confiscated by the Mafia and bring these goods to a global market.

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