News and Updates

September 4, 2018

As summer comes to an end, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, our Director of Development, is stepping down from his position. During his five years on staff, Corrigan has made some enormous contributions to NASCO. He will surely be missed! However, he won’t be going far as he is moving on to exciting opportunities in the local Chicago cooperative movement. Supporting our staff as well as members to grow and evolve is part of our work at NASCO. We are sad to say goodbye to Corrigan, and we wish him happiness and success!

February 8, 2018
NASCO's Cooperative Internship Network is officially accepting host applications for summer 2018 internship positions!
Applications from host organizations are due by March 1, 2018. Join us for an Informational Call on February 16 or 21- or learn more here.
 

 

January 30, 2018

Please join us in welcoming these five individuals to the NASCO Board of Directors.

November 8, 2017
The NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame, created in 1989, honors the best of our movement.  We use the Hall of Fame as a means for NASCO member co-ops to provide broader recognition to individuals who have made a truly significant impact. This year, a committee of former Hall of Fame inductees and current NASCO board members selected three individuals to join the Hall of Fame:
 
Kaitlin Oki
Mover & Shaker
 
November 7, 2017
Voting will soon be open for the four open seats on NASCO's board. We encourage you to read the candidate statements here!
A panel to meet the candidates will be held at the Annual General Meeting at NASCO Institute on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
 
When voting opens, each Active Member and Individual Member will receive a ballot by email. Ballots will be due on January 12, 2018. 
October 24, 2017

Pre-order a NASCO Institute 2017 shirt for $25 USD/ $30 CAD when you register for our conference!
Printed on Cotton Bella + Canvas Unisex Jersey Short-Sleeve T-Shirt.

October 4, 2017
Are you excited about the cooperative movement and eager to participate in the world of cooperatives beyond your home cooperative?
 
Do you have experience with board governance, grassroots fundraising, meeting facilitation, co-op management or committee leadership? 
 
Do you want to be part of a bi-national organization that develops new cooperatives, manages common equity houses, and reaches thousands of cooperators in the U.S. and Canada with cooperative education?
 
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider running for the NASCO Board of Directors!
 
NASCO is very excited to announce the beginning of the nomination process for seats on our Board of Directors. Elections are conducted annually by the NASCO Board of Directors for four of its 12 three-year seats. These directors will begin their terms at the Spring 2018 board meeting. 
 
September 1, 2017

Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 10th through 12th, 2017 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

Since 1977, NASCO's Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff and managers of group-equity cooperatives.

The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.

For more information, visit: https://www.nasco.coop/institute

August 16, 2017

Low-Income Scholarship Fund

The NASCO Low-Income Scholarship Fund supports low-income emerging cooperative leaders who would otherwise be unable to attend the Institute by offsetting their registration fees ($220 for members, $420 for non-members) and travel expenses ($50 to $400). This program allows NASCO to create a more economically and geographically diverse demographic of attendees by providing support to youth who live in remote locations and/or are not receiving organizational support. 

The costs of the Institute are kept low through partnerships with local co-ops to provide free housing and with student organizations to reduce the cost of university facilities, along with the generously donated time and expertise of Institute presenters. Member dues subsidize registration costs for NASCO member cooperatives. Many scholarship recipients are from small or developing cooperatives that have not yet joined NASCO, and do not have institutional support for their attendance. Any amount contributed to the Low-Income Scholarship Fund will directly increase attendance, encourage diverse representation, promote leadership, and inspire new cooperative development. Whatever the amount, we appreciate your support. 

August 11, 2017

The NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame, created in 1989, honors the best of our movement. Our hope is to use the Hall of Fame as a means for NASCO member co-ops to provide broader recognition to individuals who have had a truly significant impact.

As a member of the NASCO community, you may have knowledge of someone past or present who is deserving of recognition. Nominations can honor people that perhaps should have been recognized long ago: a co-op founder, a long-time member or employee or any other significant contributor. We are also eager to show that current members and staff can have a similar impact on their cooperatives, so we make a special effort to induct some individuals who are current or recent 'movers and shakers'.

A committee of NASCO board members, advisors, and former honorees will select inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017. The induction ceremony will take place on the Saturday evening of NASCO Institute, November 11, 2017.

Nomination forms must be returned by September 15, 2017 via email to ratih@nasco.coop or to the NASCO Office at: NASCO, 1100 W Cermak Rd #514 Chicago, IL 60608.