The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Cooperative Hall of Fame now through August 15, 2017. Induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame is the cooperative community’s highest honor and is reserved for outstanding co-op leaders whose contributions to the movement are genuinely heroic.
While there is no single path to induction, all inductees share a belief in the cooperative business model and a track record of accomplishments that have benefited the cooperative community.
Nominations to the Cooperative Hall of Fame may be submitted by organizations or individuals. Information needed for a nomination includes: a completed nomination form, a narrative of the nominee’s life as it relates to the selection criteria, and letters of endorsement. The following criteria are considered in evaluating nominees:
- Statesmanship Demonstrated statesmanship, innovation, personal commitment, leadership and vision beyond the professional competence and requirement of the position in which the nominee served the cooperative sector.
- Lasting Achievement Achieved identifiable and lasting change to improve and promote cooperatives.
- Cooperative Advancement Inspired and persuaded others to act to advance the cooperative system.
- Recognition Recognized for work relating to cooperatives at the local, regional, national or international level.
Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from many cooperative sectors. Nominations and letters of endorsement for the 2019 Cooperative Hall of Fame must be received at the office of the Cooperative Development Foundation by 5 p.m. EST on August 15, 2019.
The 2019 Cooperative Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 2019.