We have extended the deadline to apply for Low Income Scholarship Funding to attend NASCO Institute 2015! If you missed the deadline, it is not too late to apply. We will accept applications until October 16, 2015, and notify people by October 20, 2015. (People who applied by October 05 will still be notified by October 09 in order to get the early registration rate). NASCO's scholarships are able to support registration and travel costs for folks who are low-income, rural, from marginalized groups, youth, and others who face financial barriers to attendance.
Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from October 30th through November 1st, 2015 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.
Since 1930, cooperatives across the United States have joined together in October to celebrate our collective history and shared impact as a movement. Various co-ops recognize this holiday in different ways: some organize educational events, others throw parties, even more use this as an opportunity for community outreach, the Cooperative Development Foundation holds a 5 kilometer race through Washington DC, and we’re holding a Co-op Photo Contest!
We're pleased to announce that the program for the 2015 Staff & Managers Pre-Conference has been finalized! This all-day program, held on Friday October 30th, serves as a networking and learning forum for co-op staff, managers, and administrators from across Canada and the United States. The Staff and Managers Pre-Conference supplements NASCO Institute programming offered on Saturday and Sunday and allows more space for participants to connect with one another and dig deeper into specific issues.
After a year-long process that involved demolishing a co-op and rebuilding it from the ground up, we’re pleased to share that Fourth Street Housing Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota has reopened its doors!
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 two individuals to join the Hall of Fame:
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.