Cooperative Development Foundation

Cooperative Development Foundation CDF’s Mission: To promote self-help and mutual aid in community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise. While CDF engages in educational programming and public outreach activities, a substantial amount of its work involves management of grant and loan funds.

The following list describes the nature of that grant and loan activity, as well as some of the other program initiatives in which CDF engages on a regular basis:
Scholarships for co-op staff and board of directors training (The Howard Bowers Fund for the food cooperative community);
Pre-development financing from a revolving loan fund for affordable senior housing cooperative projects, in both

The following list describes the nature of that grant and loan activity, as well as some of the other program initiatives in which CDF engages on a regular basis:
Scholarships for co-op staff and board of directors training (The Howard Bowers Fund for the food cooperative community);
Pre-development financing from a revolving loan fund for affordable senior housing cooperative projects, in both

Operating as usual

We appreciate these outstanding caregivers from EQuality HomeCare Coop :- Rose Gil - Gabby Medina - Crystal Foss - Olivi...
11/17/2021

We appreciate these outstanding caregivers from EQuality HomeCare Coop :

- Rose Gil
- Gabby Medina
- Crystal Foss
- Olivia Green
- Angela Matamoros

Visit https://www.equality.homecare.coop/ to learn more about eQuality HomeCare.
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The caregiver spotlight today goes out to Heartsong Homecare Co-op  caregivers: - Catherine Hager - Tammie Hager - Jordy...
11/16/2021

The caregiver spotlight today goes out to Heartsong Homecare Co-op caregivers:

- Catherine Hager
- Tammie Hager
- Jordyn Jenkins

Visit https://www.heartsong.coop/ to learn more about Heartsome Homecare Co-op.
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We are starting the week off honoring these brilliant caregivers from Capital Homecare Cooperative : ● Ashely Boyer ● Tr...
11/15/2021

We are starting the week off honoring these brilliant caregivers from Capital Homecare Cooperative :

● Ashely Boyer
● Trevor Miller

"These two were hired at the height of our chaos this year with low recruitment. They're both exceptional caregivers and wonderful members of the co-op."

Visit https://capitalhomecare.coop/ to learn more about Capital Homecare Cooperative.
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CDF and Peninsula Homecare Cooperative would like to honor Linda Gates for her remarkable work as a caregiver. Visit htt...
11/12/2021

CDF and Peninsula Homecare Cooperative would like to honor Linda Gates for her remarkable work as a caregiver.

Visit http://phc.coop/ to learn more about Peninsula Homecare Cooperative.
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CDF and Peninsula Homecare Cooperative would like to honor Linda Gates for her remarkable work as a caregiver.

Visit http://phc.coop/ to learn more about Peninsula Homecare Cooperative.
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Cooperative Home Care Associates nominated 4 outstanding caregivers we want to honor today: ● Deborah O’Bryant  "Deborah...
11/11/2021

Cooperative Home Care Associates nominated 4 outstanding caregivers we want to honor today:

● Deborah O’Bryant

"Deborah has a wonderful spirit and soul. She is kind, humble, and knows that she plays an important role in the care she delivers to her client. Deborah often participates in avenues to promote the job of the Home Care Workers with legislators. She claims to be shy, however she always communicates her message effectively and wholeheartedly."

● Clara Clavo

"Clara is a smart, independent, and resourceful woman. She has worked many years as a sole provide for her children, who have graduated from college and entered into their profession. Clara has participated as a Board member at CHCA and NYCNOWC."

●Vicenta Alvarez

"Vicenta is a direct, wise, and influential person. She has severed on CHCA’s Board multiple times, and she is an active member of participating in advocacy efforts to raise awareness for Home Care. She recently participated at a Paid Care Industry meeting, hosted by the NY Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and other organizations, to share her story as a Home Care Worker."

● Zulma Torres

"Zulma is an outgoing advocate for Home Care Workers. She is committed, energetic, caring and always involved at CHCA."

Visit https://www.chcany.org/ to learn more about Cooperative Home Care Associates
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Today, we are honoring caregivers from Heart is Home Cooperative Care: ● Amalia Ramirez● Heather Eastman● Janell Morelos...
11/10/2021

Today, we are honoring caregivers from Heart is Home Cooperative Care:

● Amalia Ramirez
● Heather Eastman
● Janell Morelos

All 3 caregivers are active members of their cooperative, provide quality care, and support their community.

Visit https://hih.coop/ to learn more about Heart is Home Cooperative Care.
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We have lost a true co-op hero. For our longtime Board member, friend and cooperative mentor and hero to so many, we sen...
11/09/2021

We have lost a true co-op hero. For our longtime Board member, friend and cooperative mentor and hero to so many, we send rays of hope and peace to his family and all who knew and loved him.

Posted @withregram • @nationalcooperativebank

We have lost a true co-op hero. For our longtime Board member, friend and cooperative mentor and hero to so many, we send rays of hope and peace to his family and all who knew and loved him.

Posted @withregram • @nationalcooperativebank

To honor cooperative caregivers this National Caregiver Month we are shining a light on outstanding caregivers who have ...
11/09/2021

To honor cooperative caregivers this National Caregiver Month we are shining a light on outstanding caregivers who have gone above and beyond to provide quality care services through these difficult times.

We are happy to partner with Cabot Creamery to send a gift box to each featured caregiver!

Like our page to honor and appreciate caregivers and their cooperatives this month.

To honor cooperative caregivers this National Caregiver Month we are shining a light on outstanding caregivers who have gone above and beyond to provide quality care services through these difficult times.

We are happy to partner with Cabot Creamery to send a gift box to each featured caregiver!

Like our page to honor and appreciate caregivers and their cooperatives this month.

As interest in the cooperative model in home care continues to grow, co-ops provide leadership and advancement opportuni...
11/05/2021

As interest in the cooperative model in home care continues to grow, co-ops provide leadership and advancement opportunities to their caregivers that positively impact caregiver satisfaction and retention.

As interest in the cooperative model in home care continues to grow, co-ops provide leadership and advancement opportunities to their caregivers that positively impact caregiver satisfaction and retention.

As caregiver-led businesses, home care co-ops prioritize better working conditions and on-the-job support.
11/04/2021

As caregiver-led businesses, home care co-ops prioritize better working conditions and on-the-job support.

As caregiver-led businesses, home care co-ops prioritize better working conditions and on-the-job support.

Home care cooperatives far exceeded wages paid by non-cooperative competitors in their state by $1.93 per hour.
11/03/2021

Home care cooperatives far exceeded wages paid by non-cooperative competitors in their state by $1.93 per hour.

Home care cooperatives far exceeded wages paid by non-cooperative competitors in their state by $1.93 per hour.

Home care cooperatives have a commitment to caring for their caregivers. In 2019, home care co-ops saw a significantly l...
11/02/2021

Home care cooperatives have a commitment to caring for their caregivers. In 2019, home care co-ops saw a significantly lower caregiver turnover rate of 36% compared to the industry rate of 64%.

Home care cooperatives have a commitment to caring for their caregivers. In 2019, home care co-ops saw a significantly lower caregiver turnover rate of 36% compared to the industry rate of 64%.

The home care cooperative sector in the U.S. has come a long way since 1985 when the first home care cooperative was for...
11/01/2021

The home care cooperative sector in the U.S. has come a long way since 1985 when the first home care cooperative was formed. Today there are 15 home care co-ops across 9 states, employing over 2,400 caregivers, with 1,100 caregiver-owners.

The home care cooperative sector in the U.S. has come a long way since 1985 when the first home care cooperative was formed. Today there are 15 home care co-ops across 9 states, employing over 2,400 caregivers, with 1,100 caregiver-owners.

When asked how cooperatives can play a bigger role in changing times, Clark Arrington had two answers.“Promote the empow...
10/29/2021

When asked how cooperatives can play a bigger role in changing times, Clark Arrington had two answers.

“Promote the empowerment of Black female leadership and womanhood and channel as much money as possible to cooperative economic development,” said Clark Arrington in the Hall of Fame inductee’s panel.

Listen to Clark’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 25:05.

When asked how cooperatives can play a bigger role in changing times, Clark Arrington had two answers.

“Promote the empowerment of Black female leadership and womanhood and channel as much money as possible to cooperative economic development,” said Clark Arrington in the Hall of Fame inductee’s panel.

Listen to Clark’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 25:05.

Andrew Reicher came to know co-ops in college and architecture school but learned to be a co-op practitioner when he joi...
10/27/2021

Andrew Reicher came to know co-ops in college and architecture school but learned to be a co-op practitioner when he joined UHAB.

“As an architect, co-ops resonated with my design sense; an elegant organizational structure, a near perfect balance and alignment of self-interest, co-op mutual interest and community-interest when well executed,” said Andrew Reicher in his Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. “I have spent my career so far advocating, creating and supporting co-ops and I have three co-op wishes that I will be struggling for in the coming years,” he continued.

Listen to Andy’s entire speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 1:41:23. #CoopMonth #BuildBackforImpact #coophero

Vern Dosch reflected on his 45-year career in technology by sharing that the reason the National Information Solutions C...
10/20/2021

Vern Dosch reflected on his 45-year career in technology by sharing that the reason the National Information Solutions Cooperative was successful was because of the cooperative business model.

“While our competitors were focused only on expanding the wealth of a few and improving shareholder wealth, we focused on building a culture that allowed us to care for our employees, invest in them, and protect members,” said Vern Dosch in his Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. “While our competitors were feeding the insatiable demand for higher earnings and higher stock prices we operated on single digit returns,” he continued.

Listen to Vern’s entire speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 46:45.

Vern Dosch reflected on his 45-year career in technology by sharing that the reason the National Information Solutions Cooperative was successful was because of the cooperative business model.

“While our competitors were focused only on expanding the wealth of a few and improving shareholder wealth, we focused on building a culture that allowed us to care for our employees, invest in them, and protect members,” said Vern Dosch in his Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. “While our competitors were feeding the insatiable demand for higher earnings and higher stock prices we operated on single digit returns,” he continued.

Listen to Vern’s entire speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 46:45.

We had a wonderful time celebrating the 2021 Hall of Fame inductees last week at the National Press Club in Washington, ...
10/15/2021

We had a wonderful time celebrating the 2021 Hall of Fame inductees last week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC!

📸: Sam Levitan Photography

Photos from Cooperative Development Foundation's post
10/15/2021

Photos from Cooperative Development Foundation's post

Karen Zimbelman illustrated the cooperative difference by highlighting the instructions on a bar of co-op label soap in ...
10/13/2021

Karen Zimbelman illustrated the cooperative difference by highlighting the instructions on a bar of co-op label soap in her Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. The wrapper provided instructions on how to make the bar last longer.

“You don’t sell more bars of soap by telling people to make them last longer,” said Karen Zimbelman in her Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. “This is the really big difference about how co-ops operate,” she continued.

Listen to KZ’s entire speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 1:32:12. #CoopMonth #BuildBackForImpact #coophero

Karen Zimbelman illustrated the cooperative difference by highlighting the instructions on a bar of co-op label soap in her Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. The wrapper provided instructions on how to make the bar last longer.

“You don’t sell more bars of soap by telling people to make them last longer,” said Karen Zimbelman in her Cooperative Hall of Fame acceptance speech. “This is the really big difference about how co-ops operate,” she continued.

Listen to KZ’s entire speech at heroes.coop/2021inductees starting at 1:32:12. #CoopMonth #BuildBackForImpact #coophero

A few highlights from last night where we celebrated over 160 years (and counting) of collective service to the cooperat...
10/08/2021

A few highlights from last night where we celebrated over 160 years (and counting) of collective service to the cooperative community by Clark Arrington, Vern Dosch, Andrew Reicher, and Karen Zimbelman. Congratulations on your induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame! #coopheroes #gocoop

That’s a wrap for the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Clark Arrington, Vern Dosch, Andy Reicher and Ka...
10/08/2021

That’s a wrap for the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Clark Arrington, Vern Dosch, Andy Reicher and Karen Zimbelman!

That’s a wrap for the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Clark Arrington, Vern Dosch, Andy Reicher and Karen Zimbelman!

So glad to have been able to recognize last year’s #coopheroes onstage at this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame!
10/08/2021

So glad to have been able to recognize last year’s #coopheroes onstage at this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame!

So glad to have been able to recognize last year’s #coopheroes onstage at this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame!

#coopheroes kicking off the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame.
10/08/2021

#coopheroes kicking off the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame.

#coopheroes kicking off the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame.

So great to hear from our inductees! #coopheros
10/07/2021

So great to hear from our inductees! #coopheros

Live now at the National Press Club is the Hall of Fame inductee panel! #coopheros
10/07/2021

Live now at the National Press Club is the Hall of Fame inductee panel! #coopheros

Live now at the National Press Club is the Hall of Fame inductee panel! #coopheros

10/07/2021

We’re excited to kick off Hall of Fame by honoring last year’s heroes who were honored virtually in 2020. If you’re joining us for #coopimpactcoonference and #coophalloffame today, stop by and learn more about the 2020 inductees!

This Co-op Month, we celebrate the faces and stories behind the cooperative movement.As we work to build back for impact...
10/01/2021

This Co-op Month, we celebrate the faces and stories behind the cooperative movement.

As we work to build back for impact an economy that works for everyone, let’s remember that everyday home care workers across the country help the most vulnerable among us get through and enjoy our daily lives – whether it is getting out of bed in the morning, having food to eat, a clean and safe house to live in, or connecting to other people.

The cooperative difference in home care means on average higher pay of +$1.93/hour more than non-co-op peers, 58% of eligible employee caregivers are worker-owners, and lower turnover rate of 36% compared to the 64% industry standard.

Today and every day we recognize this growing sector of pioneers and change-makers. #gocoop #coopmonth

This Co-op Month, we celebrate the faces and stories behind the cooperative movement.

As we work to build back for impact an economy that works for everyone, let’s remember that everyday home care workers across the country help the most vulnerable among us get through and enjoy our daily lives – whether it is getting out of bed in the morning, having food to eat, a clean and safe house to live in, or connecting to other people.

The cooperative difference in home care means on average higher pay of +$1.93/hour more than non-co-op peers, 58% of eligible employee caregivers are worker-owners, and lower turnover rate of 36% compared to the 64% industry standard.

Today and every day we recognize this growing sector of pioneers and change-makers. #gocoop #coopmonth

For her indefatigable work to strengthen and grow cooperatives at all levels and for inspiring others to work together f...
10/01/2021

For her indefatigable work to strengthen and grow cooperatives at all levels and for inspiring others to work together for the greater good of all cooperatives, Karen Zimbelman will be recognized with induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame next week at the National Press Club.

“The food cooperative world is full of acronyms: NCG, CCMA, CCMI, CDS, NCB… all of which represent important organizations that support the work of cooperatives. But one of the acronyms that my fellow co-op managers knew they could always count on was none other than KZ,” said Paul Cultrera, retired General Manager, Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative.

Advisor – Committed to a thriving and democratic cooperative movement, KZ has inspired and persuaded general managers and board members to enhance democratic governance and operational excellence.

Educator – Unparalleled as a co-op educator and resource creator, KZ is a prolific writer and contributor to co-op publications authoring "How to Start a Food Co-op”, “The Ownership Toolbox", and over 50 articles for grocer.coop.

Pantomath – A stickler for excellence in cooperation at every level, KZ has played a pivotal role in advancing cooperative enterprises at the local, regional, and national level for 40 years.

For her indefatigable work to strengthen and grow cooperatives at all levels and for inspiring others to work together for the greater good of all cooperatives, Karen Zimbelman will be recognized with induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame next week at the National Press Club.

“The food cooperative world is full of acronyms: NCG, CCMA, CCMI, CDS, NCB… all of which represent important organizations that support the work of cooperatives. But one of the acronyms that my fellow co-op managers knew they could always count on was none other than KZ,” said Paul Cultrera, retired General Manager, Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative.

Advisor – Committed to a thriving and democratic cooperative movement, KZ has inspired and persuaded general managers and board members to enhance democratic governance and operational excellence.

Educator – Unparalleled as a co-op educator and resource creator, KZ is a prolific writer and contributor to co-op publications authoring "How to Start a Food Co-op”, “The Ownership Toolbox", and over 50 articles for grocer.coop.

Pantomath – A stickler for excellence in cooperation at every level, KZ has played a pivotal role in advancing cooperative enterprises at the local, regional, and national level for 40 years.

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CDF’s mission is to promote and develop cooperatives to improve economic opportunities for all. The Foundation is operated for charitable, scientific, and education purposes with particular emphasis on promoting community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise. CDF's purpose is threefold: to raise and distribute funds for cooperative economic and community development projects; to build partnerships that create cooperative solutions to today's economic problems; and to raise awareness of the role cooperatives play in the nation's and world's economies. CDF's revenues include contributions and grants, government grants, investment income and receipts from special events.

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We’re so excited to be celebrating our #Coop Heroes at the Cooperative Development Foundation Co-op Hall of Fame - including our good friend Karen Zimbelman of National Co+op Grocers!
National Cooperative Bank is proud to sponsor the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame. NCB congratulates Clark Arrington, Vern Dosch, Andy Reicher, and Karen Zimbelman on this prestigious honor and celebrates their decades-long commitment to fostering growth in the cooperative community. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to advancing the mission of co-ops. Cooperative Development Foundation #workingtogether #buildingcommunity #coophero
In less than one week, our very own Vern Dosch is being inducted into the Cooperative Development Foundation Cooperative Hall of Fame. Vern’s legacy has left a lasting impact on NISC and in the hearts of so many across the country. Congratulations, Vern! Thank you for your servant leadership and deep commitment to the cooperative principles. nisc.coop/vernhof #CoopHOF #VernHOF
Earlier in August, the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), and the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) cohosted a conference on “Cooperating to Enhance Native American Food Economies.” Building on NAAF’s report, Vision for Native Food & Agriculture, this webinar series discussed the role of co-operatives in harnessing Indian Country’s economic and nutritional potential to recover from COVID-19 and propel sustainable rural economic development. To read more and video links, see NFCA's ENews. http://nfca.coop/enewsaugust2021/#MeetingCommunityNeeds
Know someone you think should be recognized as a cooperative hero? Cooperative Development Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2022 Cooperative Hall of Fame! The deadline is August 15. https://www.heroes.coop/ We are proud to highlight that our Board member and Governance Committee Chair Clark Arrington is being honored as one of this year's inductees! And that CFNE's Board President Marilyn Scholl and former Director Rebecca Dunn are also Co-op Hall of Famers.
The Cooperative Development Foundation is offering #scholarships for emerging #cooperators to attend the virtual 2021 Cooperative IMPACT Conference hosted by National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International and related programming including our new virtual course 'Operationalizing Co-operative Identity- Strategy to Practice.' Deadline to apply is August 31. See details here https://cdf.submittable.com/submit/199601/new-cooperator-scholarship-program
Our former President and CEO Vern Dosch is being inducted into the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame this fall and we couldn’t think of someone more deserving. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. cooperative community. The Cooperative Development Foundation is providing several sponsorship opportunities for friends of Vern to support his induction. Visit the link to learn more! #VernHOF #CoopHOF
We are thrilled to be awarded the Co-op 5k Spirit Award (we sure weren't going to be the fastest!) Congratulations to all the participants showing their #COOPpride, #CoopSpirit and enthusiasm for raising funds for Cooperative Development Foundation, over $56,000! Watch the video for inspiration. Neighboring Co-operators at 5:20, NFCA Board member Kathleen Krider from @Willimantic Food Co-op garnered fastest time in her category, and a shout out to @Coop Food Stores team member Elena Karis for having the Fastest Female Time! Read more or to donate to CDF http://nfca.coop/enewsmay2021/#CoopSpirit
If you saw a few Menomonie Market Food Co-op staff members running around town a few weeks back, this is why! Last month, seventeen of our teammates ran in the Cooperative Development Foundation's Virtual 5K. During the event, they raised $500 for other co-ops in need and even placed in their Team Spirit Contest! Learn more about the cause in this article from our newsletter: https://www.mmfc.coop/morsel/menomonie-market-staff-participates-in-nationwide-5k. 🏃
These amazing co-operators raised $56,000 to help developing co-ops 💜 Congrats Cooperative Development Foundation!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Cooperative Development Foundation's 2021 Co-op 5k. CFC is proud to be a sponsor of the race and for fielding a team of employees, family members and friends.
Is it a Super market style this Food Coop?