The NASCO Family boards took a major step toward renewing a strategic vision at our planning retreat the weekend of June 17-19, 2016. The three boards met to affirm their united intentions for the NASCO Family. NASCO aims to grow and serve more co-ops through increased member engagement.
News and Updates
The past year was a very exciting one for co-op development. There is currently a lot of interest in creating new cooperatives, and we’re happy that we have been able to increase our capacity to provide advice and support to more of these groups. During the 2014-15 year, NASCO provided free technical assistance to over 30 groups and has worked with four groups to coordinate purchases. Over half of the groups we worked with were startup groups.
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.
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.
- One-on-one consultations with cooperatives in trouble
- Technical consulting for start-up co-ops
- Internships with leading co-op organizations
- Web resources for co-ops: training guides, sample documents, videos
- Leadership experiences in cooperative and movement organizing
NASCO is inviting proposals for presentations at this year's Cooperative Education and Training Institute, November 10-12, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The deadline to submit proposals has passed. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so get your proposal in early! Final programming decisions will be made by the end of August. Staff are happy to discuss your session proposal ideas - email email@example.com to get in touch.