The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) recently donated $20,000 to the Emergency Fund administered by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). The donation, made on behalf of NCGA’s 143 members nationwide, will be used to help cooperators and cooperative businesses recover from disasters. Earlier this year, CDF’s Emergency Fund made $56,000 in grants to help a food co-op in South Dakota recover from arson, to augment rebuilding efforts for co-op housing in New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and to help co-ops recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in the fall of 2013.
“CDF’s Emergency Fund is a shining example of cooperatives cooperating with one another, and plays an important role in growing a resilient cooperative economy. On behalf of all NCGA co-ops, we’re honored to support CDF’s ongoing work to help co-ops worldwide, and their communities, rebuild following natural or other unforeseen disaster,” said Robynn Shrader, CEO of NCGA.
The Emergency Fund targets its grants to assist in recovery as opposed to immediate relief. These grants help cooperatives re-open to serve their members and promote cooperatives as a tool for rebuilding and economic development in areas struck by disaster. CDF works with local cooperative leadership and cooperative development organizations with projects in the affected area to ensure that funds are distributed to cooperatives most in need.
NCGA is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops with members located across the United States. It represents food co-ops operating more than 190 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.7 billion comprised of more than 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and consumers everywhere.
The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.