1) Protecting the advancement of all cooperatives through advocacy on Capitol Hill
We represent more than 29,000 cooperatives by educating members of Congress and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on issues that are important to cooperatives. We’re also a premier non-governmental organization (NGO), engaged in international development through cooperative principles in Africa, Asian, and Latin America.
We worked directly with key members of the appropriation committee on the importance of keeping co-ops in the Rural Cooperative Development Grant, effectively saving $7 – 10 million in government funding for cooperatives.
2) Ensuring NCBA CLUSA is the premier platform for connecting, representing and supporting all U.S. coops through education & training.
When you join NCBA CLUSA, you can learn from each other through webinars or in-person at conferences, develop your co-ops services or your own professional skills with our growing certification program, and take advantage of our turnkey online tool kit solutions.
Our first-of-its-kind Community Development Certified Financial Counseling (HERO) fosters cross-sector collaboration at a local level by certifying individuals as community development specialists. Specifically training individuals to detect financial stress in working-class individuals, it mitigates lending risk, creates well-trained staffs and improves trust with your members.
NCBA CLUSA is currently building an online suite of tool-kits that will first feature templates for Marketing and Advocacy. Available to members for co-op month, our Marketing Tool Kit will feature sample Facebook and Twitter postings, press release outlines, and much more – all available to members for free.
3) Developing stable regional networks to encourage the growth of the co-op economy and sovereignty.
Through regional co-op development and support, NCBA CLUSA is partnering with locally-based cooperatives that have already formed small groups or small business associations to become regional Cooperative Business Associations and chapters of NCBA CLUSA.
The Austin Cooperative Business Association was the first to take shape and has laid the groundwork for a second CBA chapter in Philadelphia, with interest from 15 more regions around the U.S.
4) Being an international leader in the fields of food security, agricultural development, advancement of women and youth, and growing cooperative business by working with small farmers.
We want you to take advantage of all that is going on, not just at NCBA CLUSA, but in each of the sectors and their related organizations. It’s an opportunity for everybody to get to the next level and be part of the cooperative decade and be part of what’s happening in cooperatives worldwide.
In Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, NCBA CLUSA is significantly impacting job creation, livelihoods and socioeconomic well-being for the co-op sector in the US and around the world. We’re developing supply lines and utilizing the cooperative model to build sustainable futures and products that benefit both the producers and potential U.S. consumers.
5) Functioning as the U.S. representative to the world co-op community
As a member of NCBA CLUSA you get an opportunity to be part of the cooperative movement. Cooperative principle #6 – cooperation among cooperatives –happens right here at NCBA CLUSA.
We participate in all ICA meetings on behalf of all U.S. cooperatives, and are globally recognized for our efforts, both past and present, as an apex international association with development and advocacy expertise
When you join NCBA CLUSA, your membership immediately improves our capacity to engage in these areas, allowing us to continue building programs and developing solutions to enhance the profile of ALL cooperatives in the U.S.