News and Updates

January 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.
January 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]
April 27, 2012
We welcome these new Directors to NASCO's Board!
February 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!

February 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.
January 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:

January 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. 

July 16, 2011

The International Cooperative Alliance is gathering and maintaining updates on the impact of the disaster on cooperatives of all types in Japan. You can find the updates here:
NASCO has sent a letter expressing solidarity to the National Federation of University Cooperatives in Japan, with which we've maintained strong relations since their inception in 1947. Updates on the status of student cooperatives in Japan will be posted here as reports roll in. NFUCA's membership inclues ~1,480,000 students throughout Japan, and pools purchasing power for books, supplies, food, and other services at every university and college. The Japanese Consumer Cooperatives Union (JCCU) will also post updates on their site here:  
For details on the JCCU's Earthquake Task Force and Earthquake Relief Fund Raising, check out their link here:

March 11, 2011
Did you miss NASCO Institute? Watch the full presentation, Counter-Mapping for a Co-op World, by Tim Stallman and Daniel Tucker.