News and Updates

September 4, 2015

We're excited to announce that nominations are now open for NASCO's board of directors. This is an opportunity to be part of the governance of a bi-national cooperative organization. In order to run for the board, you must be nominated by either one Active Member cooperative, two Associate Member organizations, or five Individual Members of NASCO. Nominations must be received by November 6, 2015. Active members can download the nomination packet and nomination form. (If you are an Associate Member, you can use this nomination packet and nomination form, and if you are an Individual Member, you can use this nomination packet and nomination form).

August 3, 2015
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. 
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 former Hall of Fame inductees and current NASCO board members will select inductees to the 2015 Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on the Saturday evening of NASCO Institute, October 31, 2015. If you know of a special person who should be honored, please let us know. 
Nomination forms must be returned via email to or to the NASCO Office at the address below by September 06, 2015.
NASCO Main Office: 330 S. Wells St, Suite 618-F, Chicago, IL 60606 USA
May 29, 2015
In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, NASCO provided free development assistance to 30 groups across the United States. We are currently working with existing and forming co-ops in Chicago (IL), Houston (TX), East Lansing (MI), Athens (OH), Lawrence (KS), Minneapolis (MN), and Ann Arbor (MI). It is exciting to see so many groups making progress toward purchasing properties.
NASCO Properties has concluded its RFP process and is actively engaged in purchasing new properties for The Vine Co-op and the University of Kansas Student Housing Association.
The NASCO Staff and Managers Conference was held March 30 and 31, 2015, in Austin, TX - there were 24 attendees from 12 cooperatives, which was the highest conference attendance in over a decade.
Out of a pool of forty-four applicants, the Cooperative Internship Network matched eight interns with seven hosting organizations. The hosts include Boulder Housing Collective, College Houses, Cooperative Development Institute, Twin Oaks, and the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance.
The west coast regional co-op conference, WestCo, was held from April 24-26, 2015 in Berkeley, CA.
May 29, 2015

Earlier this month, five youth cooperative leaders travelled to Washington D.C. to attend the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) Annual Conference. These first-time attendees were funded by the CHS Foundation, through a program organized by NCBA CLUSA and supported by NASCO, the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops, CoFED, the U.S. Cooperative Youth Council and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Additional participants were supported by the U.S. Cooperative Youth Council. The inclusion of new voices at the conference made a notable impact in D.C., and we look forward to growing programs like this in future years to continue to amplify youth voices at a movement-wide level.

May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

In 2010, a small group of folks found a neglected patch of Baltimore that was was ripe for growing food and community.  They formed the Baltimore Free Farm collective to begin working the vacant lots, growing and distributing food, and fixing up derelict and abandoned properties in the area.  After visiting their friends at the Red Clover Collective, a housing co-op that NASCO had recently assisted in organizing, they decided that they too should use the tools of cooperation to ensure that residential properties could be permanently used to provide affordable housing in a way that supported and enhanced the community.  In 2013, they formed a cooperative, Horizontal Housing, and set out to purchase 3 adjacent row houses that were at the heart of the community farming efforts and could house 10 people.

May 29, 2015

We are happy and proud to announce that Kim Garmany has been elected to the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) board of directors. Kim was nominated to this board by NASCO, College Houses, and the Austin Cooperative Business Association. In what ended up being a very close election, Kim was elected with the support of the NASCO community. We are very excited for the perspective that Kim will bring to this board from our sector and the strength that Kim’s position will add to the partnership between NASCO and NCBA CLUSA.

May 29, 2015
Madison Community Cooperative, located in Madison, Wisconsin, is hiring the position of Membership and Office Coordinator. You are invited to apply before June 5th, 2015 (or until position is filled). Questions should be directed to
Job Type: Part-Time, 20-25 hours/week
Location: Works primarily at the MCC office at 1202 Williamson St
Position: Supervised by the MCC Membership Officer
Pay: Compensation to be determined.
May 29, 2015
The Circle Pines Center, a cooperative located in Delton, Michigan, is hiring three positions for their 5 week summer camp in which they teach cooperation as a way of life. You are encouraged to review the position descriptions for the Health Officer (linked), Waterfront Director (linked), and a Construction Work Project Leader (below) and apply. Questions should be directed to Applications for the Health Officer Position are due on May 30, 2015. Applications for the Waterfront Director and Construction Work Project Leader positions are due June 07, 2015.
Circle Pines Summer Camp is seeking a dedicated work project leader for construction. The constructionleader will plan, oversee, and assist teams of counselors and campers in small building projects throughout the summer.
May 8, 2015

NASCO Properties (NP) is accepting applications for a 9 month position based in Santa Cruz, California. Please review the job description for this position.  The position is expected to last from June 15 2015 through the end of February of 2016, with the possibility of a 3 month extension through May 2016.