Power in Purpose: Cooperative Policy Roundtable Series

NCBA CLUSA and the Cooperative Development Foundation, in partnership with local co-ops nationwide, are hosting a yearlong series of regional cooperative policy roundtables in 2019 designed to identify what a legal environment that better enables co-op development would look like.

The conversations are part of ongoing research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to quantify the social and economic impact of cooperatives‚ÄĒpart of the philanthropy‚Äôs longtime focus on healthy communities.

This work began with a framework for measuring co-op impact developed in partnership with the Urban Institute and will culminate in a policy paper meant to inform needed policy changes at the local, state and federal levels.

Roundtable Calendar

With 65,000 cooperative establishments and a total membership of more than 115 million people, co-ops are a powerful part of the U.S. economy.

And while cooperatives contribute to the creation of healthy, sustainable and equitable communities, policies at the national, state and local level can hinder their growth and development.