News and Updates

février 2, 2016

Last month, we invited all supporters of NASCO to help create more co-ops, change the ways that cities think about affordable housing, and build the cooperative movement with our End of Year fundraising campaign. You all went above and beyond! We received donations from fifty individuals and raised a total of $6,240.

We’re touched by this support, because of the large, diverse crowd of people that chose to make NASCO a priority in their lives: from NASCO founders and co-op newbies, members of co-ops, staff of co-ops, even from parents of people who used to live in a co-op. It's powerful when so many people join together. It tells us that there is a common element to all of our co-op experiences, and that we can work together to make a meaningful difference in each others' lives.

Thank you very much for supporting our work, we’re going to continue doing great things together!

février 2, 2016

We are pleased to announce that NASCO has been awarded two grants through the CHS Foundation’s 2016 Cooperative Education Grants Program. We have been generously awarded $10,000 to support NASCO’s annual Cooperative Education & Training Institute, and a $16,000 capacity building grant to grow NASCO's resource and program development capacity to more sustainable levels. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the CHS Foundation and are excited for the many ways that this funding will strengthen our organization and our movement.

The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company.  As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.

décembre 17, 2015

NASCO has seven open seats on its board, and all Active Members and Individual Members are able to vote in the election to fill these seats. All members have been sent ballots. If you did not receive yours, please contact The candidate statements can be read here. Ballots must be cast by January 31, 2016. 

décembre 17, 2015

Is your inner-cooperative-educator looking for a creative outlet? Do you have an academic paper about co-ops that you’re hoping to share with the world? Check out these Requests for Proposals from various upcoming co-op conferences:

décembre 17, 2015

NASCO has received a $3,000 grant from the Cooperative Foundation to update the content and structure of the NASCO Co-op Organizer’s Handbook, transferring this comprehensive 60 page manual to a much more accessible web-based format! The Organizer's Handbook is a comprehensive guide to creating group-equity housing cooperatives, and is an essential resource for the student or community organizer focusing on housing issues.

See the full list of 2015 grants here.

décembre 17, 2015

Did you miss NASCO Institute this year? Maybe you lost your notes, or missed a workshop that sounded really exciting? Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered! We have uploaded course materials from forty-five different workshops from this year’s conference. Check them out here! We’ll be posting videos from the event to our website soon, too. Enjoy!

novembre 17, 2015
Waterloo Co-operative Residence, Inc. (WCRI), located in Waterloo, Ontario, is hiring the position of Executive Director. Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis. Questions should be directed to Magnus Mee, HR Committee Chair, at
Waterloo Co-operative Residence has provided co-operative student housing and programming for post-secondary students attending University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario for over fifty years. They are currently seeking an exceptional candidate to fulfill the role of Executive Director and further enhance their non-profit co-operative.
The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the values and strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for leading the organization by collaborating with the Board of Directors to create and implement an effective strategic and operational plan that encompasses all aspects of governance support, daily operations management of the co-operative residences. Responsibilities include financial oversight, human resources, marketing development, and community engagement and growth initiatives.
novembre 16, 2015

After providing member cooperatives a two week extension to submit their annual dues in order to vote in the Annual General Meeting, ballots have been counted and results are in! We are please to announce that the new Active Member Representative, serving from March 2016 to March 2017, will be Carina Mata, from ICC Austin!

It was a very close election (7x6x4x2), which reflects that commitment and enthusiasm that all of the candidates displayed. Thank you all for participating, and congratulations Carina!

novembre 9, 2015

We've extended the deadline to nominate candidates for NASCO's board of directors, to correspond with an extension in the deadline for submitting dues payments. The new election timeline is:

November 13, 2015: Nominations due
November 18, 2015: Ballots sent
January 31, 2016: Ballots due
February 3, 2016: Results announced
You can continue to submit nominations to us until midnight, CST, on Friday, November 13.

octobre 8, 2015

One of NASCO's members, the Berkeley Student Cooperative, is currently accepting applicants for two professional jobs, their Member Resources Supervisor position and their Rochdale & Fenwick Apartment Manager position.

More information about these positions can be found by visiting their hiring website ( or by clicking the links above.