Please submit a 30-second video congratulating your inductee of choice.  

For individuals interested in self-recording a congratulatory video, the National Press Club recommends the following:

  • Record the video in landscape (16x9)
  • Allow for a wider shot/more head room that includes your chest and above
  • Make sure there is no direct sunlight or light from behind


You may also submit a written congratulations in lieu of a video. 

Please use this form to enter your guests for the 2020 Virtual Cooperative Hall of Fame. All guests will

  • receive a link to live stream the ceremony
  • be included as a "friends of" for all inductees or inductees of their choosing
  • have an opportunity to record a video congratulations or written congratulations to be posted on heroes.coop.

When entering guest information please include their

  • Name
  • Email
  • Desired "friends of" listing

Guests may submit their messages or videos at  https://cdf.submittable.com/submit/169495/2020-cooperative-hall-of-fame-congratulatory-videos-and-messages

The Cooperative Development Foundation is taking this year's Co-op 5k virtual. Cooperators from around the world will have an opportunity to compete against one another from their home turf. Whether you run by yourself or with your household, one a treadmill or around the block, show your support for cooperative development.


Use this form to upload proof of your time and pictures and/or videos of your participation. Then join us on October 8 for our virtual awards ceremony! The streaming link will be emailed to all participants the week before. 


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The information you provide will enable our Loan Committee to evaluate the need of your co-op and the community you serve and determine whether your co-op is eligible to receive a disaster relief loan from the Fund. 


Applications must be received within 60 days of experiencing the effects of the Qualifying Event (e.g., within 60 sixty days of restored electric, cellular or internet services following a qualifying event).  If your co-op is a member of NCG, you are encouraged to work with your Corridor Advisor to provide this information in a time and manner that is safe and convenient for you, by phone or online. NCG Advocacy Manager Mandy Makinen will confirm receipt of your request and forward the information to Cooperative Development Foundation, which maintains the Fund and has sole discretion over whether a disaster relief loan will be made and, if so, under what conditions.



The Cooperative Development Fund supports cooperative development, research, and technical assistance with particular emphasis on cooperatives serving the needs of seniors, providing affordable housing, and building resilience in the developing world. Grants are made by invitation only.


Currently, the Fund's work focuses the development of sustainable homecare cooperatives that optimize wages and opportunities for member-owners through quality technical assistance, rigorous research, and data-driven analysis. Click here to learn more about CDF's Homecare Cooperative Initiative. 


Cooperative Education Fund 


The Cooperative Education Fund supports cooperative development of educational resources, sponsors research, and backs educational programs that strengthen and expand cooperatively owned businesses with the purpose of improving the lives and livelihoods of members and their communities. 

The Cooperative Education Fund prioritizes grants for:

  • research about cooperatives,
  • development of educational materials,
  • scholarships to organizations hosting educational events, and
  • sponsorship for National or Regional events.

Who may apply: Cooperatives, cooperative development organizations, cooperative related groups and members, staff and board members of cooperatives. Grants are only available in the United States.

Review process: Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the Fund's Advisers. Applications for more than $1,000 will also be reviewed by the CDF Board. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications.

Recipient obligation: Cooperative Education Fund recipients are required to report on the use of their grant(s) within a year of receipt.

Re-application: Applicants may re-apply to the Fund on condition that CDF has received a final or interim report on all previous grants the applicant has received. 

The Cooperative Education Fund will not give grants for:

  • capital expenditures, general operating expenses or endowments;
  • sponsorship of local events;
  • projects outside of the United States; or
  • projects or programs that have already occurred.

Other Information:

  • Grant applications range between $1,000 to $10,000 and the typical grant awarded is between $1,000 to $5,000.
  • The Fund will not support development of proprietary materials. Materials developed with support from the Cooperative Education Fund must be available to all at little or no cost.
  • Organizations hosting educational events may apply for scholarships. The Fund doesn't provide scholarships to individuals.
  • The application deadline for the spring cycle of grants is May 1.
  • The application deadline for the fall cycle of grants is October 1.


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com.

Do you know an outstanding food cooperator who deserves to be recognized? Or have you been admiring the progress, growth, innovation, or resilience of a particular co-op? This is your opportunity to recognize them!

The Cooperative Education Fund manages four awards for cooperative excellence that are presented at CCMA. The awards for excellence and outstanding achievement include:

  • Cooperative Excellence
  • Cooperative Service
  • Cooperative Innovation and Achievement
  • Cooperative Board Service

The cooperative excellence awards presented at CCMA are the food co-op's opportunity to honor colleagues and cooperatives for their achievements and accomplishments. Nominations are made by the food co-op community and reviewed by a panel of peers selected by CDF. If you know of a food co-op or someone in the food co-op community who deserves commendation, please nominate them!

Create a Submittable account and complete the online application. 

Applications are due on April 16, 2021.


AWARD CATEGORIES

Cooperative Excellence

The Cooperative Excellence Award foes to a co-op that demonstrates high achievement in the following areas:

  • Leadership - This co-op's board and management set realistic priorities and follow through on them. This co-op addresses its responsibilities to the public and practices good citizenship. It also practices business ethics and works to protect public health, safety and the environment.
  • Strategic Planning - The co-op's board and management set strategic directions to focus on future sustainable growth and market leadership.
  • Organizational Effectiveness - This co-op values learning at all levels and looks for opportunities to effect meaningful change. The co-op has the capacity for rapid change and flexibility and innovation is part of the co-op's culture. The co-op strives for success in design, management, and improvement of key production/delivery and support processes.
  • Human Resources - This co-op establishes a climate of customer/member-driven excellence, enables its workforce to develop its full potential and makes member education a priority.
  • Business Results - This co-op shows success in its key business areas while staying true to its mission.


Cooperative Service

The Cooperative Service Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions above and beyond the normal course of work. This person's accomplishments are consistently viewed as models by other cooperators and have made a profound difference in store operations and member services. This cooperator is not afraid to take risks to achieve positive change and is a champion of the cooperative principles. Recipients of this award motivate employees and colleagues and are regarded as mentors, innovators, and leaders. Their accomplishments have not only enhanced the stature, reputation, and overall strength of the cooperative community, but the significant changes they have instituted have helped the cooperative to better achieve its goals. 


Cooperative Innovation & Achievement

The Cooperative Innovation and Achievement Award is given to the cooperative innovators who have changed the way that cooperatives approach problems. The nominee can be an individual, a group, or a co-op. Recipients of this award understand the urgency, relevancy, and complexity of the problem or opportunity addressed by the innovation, which results in measurable improvements or achievements that resonate with the cooperative principles and the cooperative's mission.


Cooperative Board Service

The Cooperative Board Service Award is given to an individual on the board of a food co-op who has gone above and beyond the scope of work expected of a board member. This person has fostered democratic organization and champions the cooperative principles. This board member exhibits highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment, and in doing so has pushed the co-op to meets its goals. This leader has made an extraordinary commitment of time, talent or resources to the benefit of the co-op and the community.


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com.


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  Do you know an outstanding food cooperator who deserves to be recognized? Or have you been admiring the progress, growth, innovation, or resilience of a particular co-op? This is your opportunity to recognize them!
The Cooperative Development Foundation and the Howard Bowers Fund manage four awards for cooperative excellence that are presented at CCMA. The awards for excellence and outstanding achievement include:
 

  • Cooperative Excellence
  • Cooperative Service
  • Cooperative Innovation and Achievement
  • Cooperative Board Service

 The cooperative excellence awards presented at CCMA are the food co-op's opportunity to honor colleagues and cooperatives for their achievements and accomplishments. Nominations are made by the food co-op community and reviewed by a panel of peers selected by CDF. If you know of a food co-op or someone in the food co-op community who deserves commendation, please nominate them!


Applications are due on March 6.


AWARD CATEGORIES
Cooperative Excellence
The Cooperative Excellence Award foes to a co-op that demonstrates high achievement in the following areas:
 

  • Leadership - This co-op's board and management set realistic priorities and follow through on them. This co-op addresses its responsibilities to the public and practices good citizenship. It also practices business ethics and works to protect public health, safety and the environment.
  • Strategic Planning - The co-op's board and management set strategic directions to focus on future sustainable growth and market leadership.
  • Organizational Effectiveness - This co-op values learning at all levels and looks for opportunities to effect meaningful change. The co-op has the capacity for rapid change and flexibility and innovation is part of the co-op's culture. The co-op strives for success in design, management, and improvement of key production/delivery and support processes.
  • Human Resources - This co-op establishes a climate of customer/member-driven excellence, enables its workforce to develop its full potential and makes member education a priority.
  • Business Results - This co-op shows success in its key business areas while staying true to its mission.

 

Cooperative Service
The Cooperative Service Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions above and beyond the normal course of work. This person's accomplishments are consistently viewed as models by other cooperators and have made a profound difference in store operations and member services. This cooperator is not afraid to take risks to achieve positive change and is a champion of the cooperative principles. Recipients of this award motivate employees and colleagues and are regarded as mentors, innovators, and leaders. Their accomplishments have not only enhanced the stature, reputation, and overall strength of the cooperative community, but the significant changes they have instituted have helped the cooperative to better achieve its goals.


Cooperative Innovation & Achievement
The Cooperative Innovation and Achievement Award is given to the cooperative innovators who have changed the way that cooperatives approach problems. The nominee can be an individual, a group, or a co-op. Recipients of this award understand the urgency, relevancy, and complexity of the problem or opportunity addressed by the innovation, which results in measurable improvements or achievements that resonate with the cooperative principles and the cooperative's mission.


Cooperative Board Service
The Cooperative Board Service Award is given to an individual on the board of a food co-op who has gone above and beyond the scope of work expected of a board member. This person has fostered democratic organization and champions the cooperative principles. This board member exhibits highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment, and in doing so has pushed the co-op to meets its goals. This leader has made an extraordinary commitment of time, talent or resources to the benefit of the co-op and the community.


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com.


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The Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute (CLSI) is your opportunity to develop and engage employees, board members, and post-secondary students with participation in a national cooperative conference and exposure to co-op industry and thought leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders.


All CLSI participants will:

  • Attend the virtual Co-op IMPACT Conference, from October 4-8, 2020.
  • Participate in exclusive orientation and wrap-up designed specifically to meet their interests and broaden their understanding of the impacts of cooperatives, mutuals, and credit unions have on their members, communities, and the broader economy.
  • Participate in St. Mary's University Cooperative Management Course


Scholarships are open to:

  • Young professionals (ages 18 - 35) beginning their career in cooperative business, credit unions, and mutual insurance.
  • Post-secondary students of any age with an interest in co-ops, credit unions, and mutual insurance.


Deadline for the program is September 2. Contact Greg Irving at girving@ncba.coop for more information. 


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com. 


Disaster Recovery Fund 

The Disaster Recovery Fund helps cooperatives and cooperators get back on their feet after disasters or other emergency hardship situations. 

The Disaster Recovery Fund prioritizes funding for:

  • aid to employees and volunteers of cooperatives and cooperative support organizations to support recovery from disasters or emergencies;
  • basic necessities like food, clothing, housing (including repairs), transportation and medical assistance (including psychological counseling);
  • aid to cooperatives by covering uninsured expenses needed to return the business to viability.

Who may apply: Cooperatives, cooperative support organizations and employees and volunteers of cooperatives.

Review process: All applications will be reviewed by CDF's Executive Director. Applications for more than $1,000 will also be reviewed by the CDF Board. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications. 

Recipient obligation: Disaster Recovery Fund recipients are required to report on the use of their grant(s) within a year of receipt. 


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com. 


Howard Bowers Fund 

The Cooperative Development Foundation's Howard Bowers Fund invests in the professional growth and development of food cooperative staff and board members.

The Howard Bowers Fund provides:

  • training and education grants and scholarships to professional conferences for food cooperatives,
  • sponsorship of educational conferences for food cooperative board and staff, and
  • development of educational materials relevant to food cooperatives. 

Who may apply: Cooperatives, cooperative development organizations, cooperative related groups, groups forming a cooperative and members, staff and board members of cooperatives. Grants are only available to co-ops within the United States.

Review process: Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the Fund's Advisory Board. Applications for more than $1,000 will also be reviewed by the CDF Board. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications.

Recipient obligation: Bowers Fund recipients are required to report on the use of their grant(s) within a year of receipt.

Re-application: Applicants may re-apply to the Fund on condition that CDF has received a final or interim report on all previous grants the applicant has received. 

The Howard Bowers Fund will not give grants for:

  • capital expenditures, general operating expenses or endowments;
  • travel expenses to Up and Coming, CCMA or Small and Strong conferences;
  • projects outside the United States; or
  • projects or programs that have already occurred.

Other Information:

  • Scholarship applications to attend CCMA, Up and Coming or the Small and Strong conferences are not available through this form. If the Howard Bowers fund is offering scholarships to those conferences, the link to apply will be on the conference website.
  • Grants range between $200 to $6,000 with the typical grant ranging between $500 to $2,000.
  • The Howard Bowers Fund's policy is to fund less than 100% of the project's cost.
  • The application deadline for the spring cycle of grants is February 15.
  • The application deadline for the fall cycle of grants is September 15.


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com. 


Howard Bowers Fund

  The Cooperative Development Foundation's Howard Bowers Fund invests in the professional growth and development of food cooperative staff and board members.
The Howard Bowers Fund provides:
 

  • training and education grants and scholarships to professional conferences for food cooperatives,
  • sponsorship of educational conferences for food cooperative board and staff, and
  • development of educational materials relevant to food cooperatives. 

 

Who may apply: Cooperatives, cooperative development organizations, cooperative related groups, groups forming a cooperative and members, staff and board members of cooperatives. Grants are only available to co-ops within the United States.
Review process: Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the Fund's Advisory Board. Applications for more than $1,000 will also be reviewed by the CDF Board. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications.
Recipient obligation: Bowers Fund recipients are required to report on the use of their grant(s) within a year of receipt.
Re-application: Applicants may re-apply to the Fund on condition that CDF has received a final or interim report on all previous grants the applicant has received.

 The Howard Bowers Fund will not give grants for:
 

  • capital expenditures, general operating expenses or endowments;
  • travel expenses to Up and Coming, CCMA or Small and Strong conferences;
  • projects outside the United States; or
  • projects or programs that have already occurred.

 

Other Information:
 

  • Scholarship applications to attend CCMA, Up and Coming or the Small and Strong conferences are not available through this form. If the Howard Bowers fund is offering scholarships to those conferences, the link to apply will be on the conference website.
  • Grants range between $200 to $6,000 with the typical grant ranging between $500 to $2,000.
  • The Howard Bowers Fund's policy is to fund less than 100% of the project's cost.
  • The application deadline for the spring cycle of grants is February 15.
  • The application deadline for the fall cycle of grants is September 15.

 

For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com. 


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The Howard Bowers Fund silent auction at CCMA is the Fund's biggest fundraiser of the year. Your donation will support training for cooperative boards and staff at CCMA and throughout the year. Donations to the event will be advertised on the CCMA website and social media. Auction items range from co-op t-shirts, reusable shopping bags, gift baskets and "swag" items to complimentary registrations to the top co-op conferences. Please consider a donation that showcases your co-op!

Since 1994, the Howard Bowers Fund has provided over $500,000 in support for food cooperatives through the support of board and staff training of new and established co-ops and scholarships to CCMA and Up and Coming. Because of your support, 20 people will be attending CCMA in Sioux Falls on scholarship!


Create a Submittable account and complete the donation form.


Please be sure to bring your items to CCMA or mail them in advance to:


University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Attn: Megan Webster/Howard Bowers Auction

224 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch St.

Madison, WI 53706


All items must arrive by June 2nd.


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com. 

 

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Home care worker cooperative members and developers are invited to attend the 5th Annual National Home Care Cooperative Conference in Dulles, VA from November 4-6, 2020. The conference is organized by the Cooperative Development Foundation and hosted at the headquarters of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.

Scholarships for registration, travel and hotel stipends are available for qualifying home care cooperative members. Limit 3 scholarship applicants per home care cooperative.

This year's program covers:

  • Growth Strategies
  • Cooperative Management
  • Member Engagement
  • Effective Communications
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Advocacy

Who may apply: Worker-owners of cooperatives or organizing members of start-up cooperatives.

Review process: Applications will be reviewed by CDF's Executive Director. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications by August 27.

Recipient obligation: Scholarships awardees are required to complete the Home Care Demographic Survey for the cooperative.

Other Information:

  • Scholarships are not available to cooperative managers or directors. 
  • CDF will book hotel and air transportation for scholarship recipients.
  • The hotel reservation is double occupancy. If a scholarship recipient would like single accommodations, there is an additional cost of $72/night plus applicable taxes. 
  • The application deadline is on August 20.


For technical difficulties, please contact support@submittable.com.

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