NASCO’s Inception

In the spring of 1968, participants in a conference sponsored by the University of Michigan Inter-Cooperative Council proposed the organization of a group "for the purpose of expanding the cooperative movement across college campuses." That fall, a group gathered in Chicago to organize NASCO. NASCO's creation in 1968 meant that, for the first time in 20 years, student co-ops began working together towards their common interests.

Before NASCO

NASCO is the successor of the North American Student Cooperative League (NASCL). NASCL was founded in 1946 with the assistance of the Cooperative League of the USA, now known as the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA). Although there was a need for NASCL, it was never a strong organization and after the mid-1950’s existed largely in print. The needs for communication, assistance, education, lobbying, and other services did not end, however, and NASCL remained as a concept, particularly in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Now Accepting Nominations to Run for NASCO’s Board of Directors

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?

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Voting is open for NASCO's Board of Directors

Voting is now open for the four open seats on NASCO's board. Each Active Member and Individual Member will receive a ballot by mail. We encourage you to read the candidate statements here. All of the seats are for three-year terms. 

A meet-the-candidates forum will be held at NASCO Institute on Saturday, November 12, from 2:30-4pm. 

Ballots are due on January 5, 2017. 

There are also several board seats that will be filled at Institute. 

NASCO Institute is almost here

NASCO Institute is in just over a week, and we've sent out an email to everyone who is registered. If you didn't receive this email, that means you are not registered. Please register by tomorrow, November 3rd, for guaranteed meals and to be on the housing waitlist. 

Hiring Announcement: Financial Manager, Oberlin Student Cooperative Association

Tank Co-op, Oberlin, OH

The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) is hiring a Financial Manager, based in Oberlin, OH. The Financial Manager is responsible for managing OSCA's finances, advising its board officers, and empowering student leaders with financial the expertise necessary to run their co-op. This position is 28 hours per week, $30 per hour, with a competitive benefits package.

NASCO Institute Scholarships: Apply By October 3rd

NASCO makes funding available to Institute participants through its Low Income Scholarship Fund. Individuals who are eligible to receive funding are experiencing financial need that would make paying registration fees and travel expenses a significant hardship, living in a NASCO Properties co-op, or working to develop a new housing co-op.