News and Updates

mars 19, 2013
We would like to invite your members to WestCo 2013 which is happening this April 19-21 at Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op in sunny Isla Vista, California!
WestCo 2013 includes educational and exchange workshops, social events, and more with co-operators from the U.S./Canada in western and mountain timezones.  Participating co-op members are welcomed and encouraged to present workshops or social events and accommodation will be provided among our 5 houses. See attached flyer for details.
Cost is $30 per person and $15 for workshop/event presenters. The registration deadline is April 5th, 2013. Feel free to email or call us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
In Co-operation,
février 14, 2013
Nominations are now officially open for seven seats on the Board.
Three of those seats are for 3-year terms, three are for 2-year terms, and one is a 1-year term.
Your co-op is invited to nominate someone to fill one of the open seats on the NASCO Board of Directors.
NASCO Education Board Election Timeline
We have designed the timeline to give member co-ops sufficient time both during nominations and balloting to utilize whatever process they desire for these decisions. In order to ensure that this purpose is achieved, we will be strict on our deadlines.
Thursday February 7, 2013 Send out board nomination packets.
Thursday March 21, 2013 All nomination forms must be signed and returned.
Tuesday March 26, 2013 Ballots with candidate statements are sent out.
Thursday April 25, 2013 Ballots are due.
Tuesday April 30, 2013 Results announced.
janvier 8, 2013
The Austin Cooperative Summit will be a small meeting designed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and cross-sector learning among cooperators, and to strengthen the local cooperative community.
Join for workshops on developing a co-op, advocacy, local co-op history, and more.  The program concludes with a regional strategic planning session.
If you're in the Austin area, you won't want to miss it! For more information, visit
Register online at Registration fees are $25 for those who do not work at a co-op business, and $50 for those who do work at a co-op.
janvier 7, 2013
The NASCO Board of Directors will be meeting February 23-24 in Philadelphia, PA. According to NASCO's bylaws, board meetings are open to members of active member coops. If you wish to attend a NASCO Board meeting, please contact NASCO staff at info[at]
avril 27, 2012
We welcome these new Directors to NASCO's Board!
février 1, 2012

The Cooperative Internship Network has just gotten off the ground for 2012!

Are you a cooperator interested in growing your skills?  Or do you know budding cooperative leaders who might benefit from an internship?  Read more and apply to be an intern.

Do you work at a cooperative business or organization that always has more projects than staff capacity?  Or do you know of cooperative businesses or organizations that could benefit from the energy, enthusiasm, and labor of an intern?  Read more and apply to host an intern.

Hosting Organizations:
Past organizations have included community development groups, food cooperatives, co-op education centers, credit unions, housing co-ops, and community advocacy groups in the U.S. and Canada.

Deadline for host applications is February 24.  Deadline for intern applications is March 8.

Visit our internships page for more information and don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions!

février 1, 2012
On February 2nd (1:15-2:45pm Eastern) NASCO staff will present on a panel during the 50th Session of the Commission for Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
janvier 6, 2012

A broad range of contacts will be essential for passing this bill. Even if your cooperative is not in the districts with House Financial Services Committee members, your members may be registered to vote in these areas.

If you're interested in volunteering:

janvier 6, 2012

The following is just out from U.S. House Representative Chaka Fattah's office. Congressman Fattah (D-PA) introduced bill HR 3677 with co-sponsors including Robert Brady (D-PA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and John Tierney (D-MA). 

If passed, this bill could provide assistance for cooperative enterprises across the United States. Technical assistance grants paired with low cost financing allow for projects to reach sufficient scale before external funding is removed. The successful enterprises ultimately renew the tax base and pay for themselves. Matching funding, as a built-in requirement for the grants, ensures this program is not an extension of government, but instead a partnership between Federal and Cooperative enterprises seeking to achieve common goals. 

This bill has been crafted in consultation with members of NASCO, and could provide significant assistance to improve and expand capacity for existing cooperatives. Critically, this legislation targets aid in specific ways to address poverty at the root.