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.
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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 urban and rural settings ( The Jacob Kaplan Fund); Gap financing from a revolving loan fund for acquisition of, or repair of student housing cooperatives (the Kagawa Funds); Grant awards for feasibility studies and technical assistance for innovative cooperative development initiatives that address the needs of seniors in rural America (The MSC Fund); Recognition of outstanding cooperative leaders through the Cooperative Hall of Fame (www.heroes.coop ); Educational programming that both enables networking among co-op development practitioners and raises awareness about cooperatives in the public policy arena (in 2005, a Forum on Cooperative Solutions for Seniors; in 2006 and 2007, an online auction profiling the work of the U.S. art and craft cooperative community); Served as a fiscal agent for organizations engaged in cooperative development such as: Central American coffee cooperative, Cooperation Works!, and the network of U.S. cooperative development centers interested in agriculture; Management of United Co-op Appeal, a workplace giving program that annually raises unrestricted funds for more than a dozen organizations engaged in domestic and international cooperative development; In response to recent natural disasters, CDF also raised close to $200,000 for economic recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the South Asian Tsunami. In both cases, the funds are being used for economic and community recovery, repairs to cooperative businesses, cooperative education, and the creation of new cooperative businesses as part of the total recovery from these disasters.

Mission: CDF’s Mission: To promote self-help and mutual aid in community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.

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Contributions of over $330,000 from more than 450 donors helped us support 16 existing and start-up home care co-ops in ...
12/30/2020

Contributions of over $330,000 from more than 450 donors helped us support 16 existing and start-up home care co-ops in a challenging year. Thank you!

We would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to the Cooperative Development Foundation for their generosity this year! Their timely grant allowed us to meet the needs of our clients and caregivers throughout the early stages of the pandemic.

#cooperative #homecare #coop #CDF #eldercare #coopswork

As we close out 2020, we're incredibly grateful for the extraordinary support we've received from the co-op community.
12/29/2020
CDF received extraordinary support in an extraordinary year

As we close out 2020, we're incredibly grateful for the extraordinary support we've received from the co-op community.

Supported by contributions of over $330,000 from more than 450 donors, nearly $400,000 in programmatic grants, and prudently managed legacy funds, CDF continued its support of cooperatives in a challenging year for cooperatives and their members. CDF provided over $1 million in grants in 2020, maint...

Today we celebrate 76 years of service to the cooperative community. In a year filled with challenges, co-ops have once ...
12/28/2020

Today we celebrate 76 years of service to the cooperative community. In a year filled with challenges, co-ops have once again proven to be a model for building everyday democracy, more resilient communities, and a more inclusive economy. As the only foundation in the U.S. devoted solely to the development of cooperatives across sectors we will continue to make grants, loans, and investments that support cooperative development.

From our team to yours, Happy Holidays!
12/24/2020

From our team to yours, Happy Holidays!

The CoBank University Giving Fund is a donor advised fund administered by CDF that provides financial support to univers...
12/23/2020

The CoBank University Giving Fund is a donor advised fund administered by CDF that provides financial support to university programs involving research, development or coursework that strengthen U.S. agriculture, cooperatives, agribusiness and rural infrastructure.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Cooperative Development Foundation and CoBank , the UW Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) is launching the first national, cross-sectoral study on cooperative governance practices. The initiative will help cooperatives reflect on and improve their governance practices by enhancing our ability to compare member- vs. investor-owned firms. ⁠

It will consist of a national, biennial survey of member-owned businesses such as cooperatives, mutuals, and credit unions and will examine a range of topics including board size and structure, board diversity, board compensation, committee structures, decision-making process, use of external advisors and/or directors, and the board-management relationship. ⁠

An advisory committee made up of industry leaders from across the cooperative community will provide input on the project. The committee includes representatives from National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International , National Council of Farmer Cooperatives , Credit Union National Association, National Co+op Grocers , Democracy At Work Institute , Columinate - Catalysts for common good, Neighboring Food Co-op Association , and FCC Services . ⁠

If you are interested in learning more about this project, see https://bit.ly/3qJqyal

We're excited to continue our partnership with the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International and the...
12/22/2020
CDF, NCBA CLUSA and RWJF partnership continues with second grant

We're excited to continue our partnership with the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with a second grant.

The partnership between the Cooperative Development Foundation, NCBA CLUSA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) continues with a second grant to look at how the cooperative principles of democratic control, commitment to community and education can build community power in low income and ma...

We're excited to see what the new developments are for Building Blocks in 2021!
12/21/2020

We're excited to see what the new developments are for Building Blocks in 2021!

Congrats to the participants who just finished our very first offering of Toolkit Implementation Online! Looking to hone your co-op development skills? Learn more about The Art and Science of Cooperative Development. The next A&S session offered is Finance Fundamentals running in January. Stayed tuned for some exciting new development happening with Building Blocks in 2021. And thanks to the Cooperative Development Foundation for supporting the growth of our training program! More details around the corner!
https://cooperationworks.coop/art-and-science-of-cooperative-development/#sessions

The UW Center for Cooperatives is launching the first national, cross-sectoral study on cooperative governance practices...
12/18/2020

The UW Center for Cooperatives is launching the first national, cross-sectoral study on cooperative governance practices with the support of the CoBank University Giving Fund, a donor advised fund of CDF. The CoBank University Giving Fund provides financial support to university programs involving research, development or coursework that strengthen U.S. agriculture, cooperatives, agribusiness and rural infrastructure. Learn more at www.cdf.coop/news.

Collective Remake, an organization working to develop worker-owned businesses that accommodate and respect the needs of ...
12/17/2020

Collective Remake, an organization working to develop worker-owned businesses that accommodate and respect the needs of returning citizens in the Los Angeles area, is one of seven recipients of grants from CDF's Cooperative Education Fund. Learn more at www.cdf.coop/news. CooperationWorks Food Co-op Initiative Prospera Littleton Food Cooperative Boulder Housing Coalition North American Students of Cooperation - NASCO

As a part of their "Concern for Community" program, CDF partnered with NRECA to raise funds for rural electric cooperati...
12/16/2020

As a part of their "Concern for Community" program, CDF partnered with NRECA to raise funds for rural electric cooperatives and workers impacted by natural disasters this year. Over 150 NRECA staff raised $20,000 to provide grants to RECs as a part of CDF's Disaster Recovery Fund.

Limited equity housing co-ops provide affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income communities. With a grant fr...
12/15/2020

Limited equity housing co-ops provide affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income communities. With a grant from CDF's Disaster Recovery Fund, we're proud to support UHAB's efforts in continuing to provide technical assistance to 1,300 low income housing co-ops in New York City.

As a result of 10 regional policy roundtables, CDF published Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Co...
12/14/2020

As a result of 10 regional policy roundtables, CDF published Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Cooperatives in partnership with NCBA CLUSA and the Urban Institute. Funding for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Join Urban Institute tomorrow at 3:30pm EST as they discuss guiding goals and specific policy objectives to advance cooperatives. Register today at https://urbn.is/3llxoif.

The ICA Group
12/04/2020

The ICA Group

Teresa Lopez leads and provides care with remarkable passion and tenderness. She’s the star Administrator of EQuality HomeCare Co-op in New Braunfels, Texas—a co-op that is 75% Latinx and 99% female. Teresa was also a founding member of the co-op’s board. Teresa cares for her staff and clients with heart and unparalleled experience, having devoted her life to caring for our elders at 15 years old. She now holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration with a specialty in Geriatrics. A client’s family member who lives outside of the United States has called Teresa her saving grace, knowing that Teresa is providing her brother with the very best care. We celebrate you and your legacy of care, Teresa!

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a donation to the Cooperative Development Foundation to support scholarships for the ne...
12/03/2020

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a donation to the Cooperative Development Foundation to support scholarships for the next generation of cooperative leaders. Since 2017, the Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute (CLSI) provided 63 scholarships to rising co-op leaders.

Make a year-end donation to support the next generation of co-op leaders.
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#gocoops #leaders #nextgeneration #scholarships #donate #coopstrong

As a result of 10 regional policy roundtables held in 2019 and early 2020, CDF published "Policy Strategies to Build a M...
12/02/2020
Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Cooperatives

As a result of 10 regional policy roundtables held in 2019 and early 2020, CDF published "Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Cooperatives" in collaboration with National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International and the Urban Institute with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Join the Urban Institute for a virtual event exploring how policymakers can help cooperatives build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities on December 15.

Join the Urban Institute for a virtual event exploring how policymakers can help cooperatives build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. From bringing electricity to rural America to accessing financing and credit services for people with low incomes, cooperatives have addressed signific...

Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing in Madison, WI unleashed the power of co-ops by providing critical personal protecti...
12/02/2020

Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing in Madison, WI unleashed the power of co-ops by providing critical personal protective equipment for worker-owned home care cooperatives. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing for embodying the spirit of cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #workerowned #concernforcommunity #GivingTuesday #gratitude

CoBank unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of university programs that support cooperative education ...
12/01/2020

CoBank unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of university programs that support cooperative education through the CDF Donor Advised fund as well as the Cooperative Hall of Fame, Co-op 5k, and National Home Care Cooperative Conference. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks CoBank for everything they do to help improve economic opportunities for people and communities.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #growingruralamerica #universitygiving #GivingTuesday #gratitude

Nationwide unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of CDF’s mission to promote and develop cooperatives t...
12/01/2020

Nationwide unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of CDF’s mission to promote and develop cooperatives to improve economic opportunities. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks Nationwide for everything they do in advancing cooperatives that improves lives and livelihoods.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #mutuals #gocoop #GivingTuesday #gratitude

A gifted cooperative educator, Cathy Statz from Wisconsin Farmers Union unleashes the power of co-ops by living and brea...
12/01/2020

A gifted cooperative educator, Cathy Statz from Wisconsin Farmers Union unleashes the power of co-ops by living and breathing the cooperative principles of cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks Cathy for her mentorship of Cooperative Leadership and Scholarship Institute participants and always lending a hand at the Cooperative Hall of Fame and Co-op 5k.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #coopeducation #mentor #GivingTuesday #gratitude

Nora Edge from Capital Homecare Cooperative in Olympia, WA unleashes the power of co-ops by inspiring and empowering hom...
12/01/2020

Nora Edge from Capital Homecare Cooperative in Olympia, WA unleashes the power of co-ops by inspiring and empowering home care workers within CHC and across the network of US home care cooperatives. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks Nora for everything she does in advancing home care cooperatives and caregivers.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #homecare #healthhero #GivingTuesday #gratitude

NRECA unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of CDF’s Disaster Recovery Fund, Cooperative Hall of Fame a...
12/01/2020

NRECA unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of CDF’s Disaster Recovery Fund, Cooperative Hall of Fame and Co-op 5k. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks NRECA for everything they do to help improve economic opportunities for people and communities.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #ruralelectric #ruraldevelopment #GivingTuesday #gratitude

USDA Cooperative Specialist Margaret Bau unleashes the power of co-ops by providing expert technical assistance to coope...
12/01/2020

USDA Cooperative Specialist Margaret Bau unleashes the power of co-ops by providing expert technical assistance to cooperatives across the US. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks Margaret and her colleagues at USDA Rural Development for their work in promoting and developing cooperatives.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #USDA #ruraldevelopment #GivingTuesday #gratitude

Capital Impact Partners unleashes the power of co-ops with their commitment to improving the lives of home care provider...
12/01/2020

Capital Impact Partners unleashes the power of co-ops with their commitment to improving the lives of home care providers. As a valuable member the National Home Care Cooperative Initiative, this Gratitude Tuesday, the Cooperative Development Foundation thanks Capital Impact Partners for all they do to advance cooperatives.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #homecare #employeeowned #GivingTuesday #gratitude

National Cooperative Bank unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support for the Cooperative Hall of Fame, Co-op...
12/01/2020

National Cooperative Bank unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support for the Cooperative Hall of Fame, Co-op 5k and National Home Care Cooperative Conference. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks NCB for everything they do to promote and develop cooperatives that enhance the lives of people and communities.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #coopfinance #coopdevelopment #GivingTuesday #gratitude

National Co+op Grocers unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support for the Cooperative Hall of Fame and CDF’s...
12/01/2020

National Co+op Grocers unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support for the Cooperative Hall of Fame and CDF’s Disaster Recovery Fund. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks National Co+op Grocers for their commitment in advancing cooperatives, people, and communities.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #foodcoops #concernforcommunity #GivingTuesday #gratitude

The ICA Group unleashes the power of co-ops by providing expert technical assistance to home care cooperatives through C...
12/01/2020

The ICA Group unleashes the power of co-ops by providing expert technical assistance to home care cooperatives through CDF’s National Home Care Cooperative Initiative. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks the ICA Group for everything they do in promoting and developing home care cooperatives.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #homecare #coopdevelopment #GivingTuesday #gratitude

Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of CDF’s Disaster Recovery ...
12/01/2020

Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) unleashes the power of co-ops with its ongoing support of CDF’s Disaster Recovery Fund, National Home Care Cooperative Conference, Cooperative Hall of Fame and Co-op 5k. This Gratitude Tuesday, CDF thanks CFC for everything they do to promote and develop cooperatives that improve lives and livelihoods.
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#powerofcoops #powerofcooperation #coopfinance #ruraldevelopment #GivingTuesday #gratitude

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a year-end donation to CDF. Cooperatives are the preferred business model to build a mo...
11/30/2020

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a year-end donation to CDF. Cooperatives are the preferred business model to build a more inclusive economy that is equitable, participatory, sustainable, stable and growing. By supporting the only foundation in the United States devoted solely to the development of cooperatives across sectors, you help create an inclusive economy that reflects our cooperative values.
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#inclusiveeconomy #gocoops #equity #sustainability #donate #GivingTuesday

In-house newsletters help home care cooperatives keep in touch with member owners. To make that job easier, CDF develope...
11/30/2020

In-house newsletters help home care cooperatives keep in touch with member owners. To make that job easier, CDF developed a toolbox to make newsletters easier to produce. The toolkit provides four newsletter templates with easy-to-edit layouts, a user guide with instructions and suggestions for content.

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a year-end donation to help CDF produce resources that make cooperatives run more smoothly.
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#homecare #workerowned #tools #donate #GivingTuesday

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a year-end donation to CDF to support co-op education programs. CDF’s Howard Bowers Fun...
11/30/2020

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a year-end donation to CDF to support co-op education programs. CDF’s Howard Bowers Fund and Cooperative Education Fund provided $72,000 in grants to co-ops, developers and organizations in 2020 for co-op webinars, events, and materials.

On #GivingTuesday consider a donation to CDF, the only foundation in the United States devoted solely to the development of co-ops across all sectors.
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Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a donation to CDF. Your donation helps CDF make grants, loans, and investments that sup...
11/27/2020

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a donation to CDF. Your donation helps CDF make grants, loans, and investments that support cooperative development, strengthen Main Street cooperative businesses, create good, sustainable jobs, and enhance the lives of people and communities.
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Home care workers keep seniors at home, support family care givers, and help people with disabilities participate in the...
11/27/2020

Home care workers keep seniors at home, support family care givers, and help people with disabilities participate in the community. Unfortunately, caregiver wages do not reflect their value to society. That’s why CDF supports home care cooperative board members with scholarships and stipends for education, travel, and licensing.

Unleash the Power of Co-ops with a donation to CDF to improve the jobs of home care cooperative caregivers.
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CDF’s CoBank Advised Fund donates to colleges and universities that are educating the next generation of farmers, ranche...
11/27/2020

CDF’s CoBank Advised Fund donates to colleges and universities that are educating the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and rural business leaders.

The Fund donated $854,000 in 2020 to support innovations to growing rural America.
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Co-ops are a proven model for building everyday democracy, more resilient communities, and a more inclusive economy. Thi...
11/26/2020

Co-ops are a proven model for building everyday democracy, more resilient communities, and a more inclusive economy. This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for community, cooperation, and YOU! Because of your support CDF has given over $1 million in grants in 2020 to meet the needs of people and communities.
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Unleash the Power of Co-ops by donating to CDF to strengthen cooperative principles and values....#coopprinciples #coops...
11/25/2020

Unleash the Power of Co-ops by donating to CDF to strengthen cooperative principles and values.
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The Cooperative Development Foundation

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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