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Cornell University Cooperative Enterprise Program

Cooperative Leadership Fund

About the Cooperative Leadership Fund

The Northeast Cooperative Council (NECC) working with the Cornell University Cooperative Enterprise Program (CEP) remains a regional and national leader in developing and promoting quality educational programs for cooperative directors, managers, future leaders, and professionals working with cooperative businesses. CEP activities have focused on improving the effectiveness of boards of directors, increasing leadership skills of both current and future leaders, and improving the understanding of the cooperative enterprise among a range of other key audiences and stakeholders.

Leadership of the NECC has seen a need, beyond supporting the current operation of the CEP, to create a fund for long-term support of education and research on the cooperative enterprise within the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. In 1999, the NECC board of directors established the Cornell University Cooperative Leadership Fund with an initial gift from the Council to the Cornell University Foundation. The Foundation is a donor-advised fund and is managed as part of Cornell’s endowment.

Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to create knowledge about cooperative business model and to strengthen cooperative leaders through:

  • Offering quality educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to study and conduct research on cooperative businesses;
  • Developing world-class outreach programs that deliver a high level of expertise to further the growth and performance of cooperative businesses, and
  • Creating a superior learning environment that inspires the development of cooperative leaders.

Future Uses of the Fund

Monies from the Fund will be used to support students interning at NECC member cooperatives and to offset costs of college and university students to attend the NECC Leaders Forum. In addition funds will be used to support presentations on cooperative business structure in the NECC service area.

Making a Gift

Gifts are welcome from anyone interested in the supporting the goals of the Cooperative Leadership Fund. Donations may be made in honor of, or in memory of those who have worked with cooperatives or had an interest in cooperative affairs. Contributions are tax deductible. At the discretion of the NECC, up to 50% of the Fund balance may be donated to other not-for-profit institutions other than Cornell.

Individuals, cooperatives, and other organizations may support the fund with gifts such as cash, marketable securities, closely held stock, real estate or gifts-in-kind. Planned and estate gifts may be made to the fund.

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Donor List

The Northeast Cooperative Council Board of Directors thanks the following for their generosity in contributing to the Cooperative Leadership Fund.

Upstate Farms Cooperative, Inc.
Stephen and Katsu Wright
Agrilink Foods & Pro-Fac Foundation
First Pioneer Farm Credit
CoBank, ACB
Farm Credit of Western New York
Northeast Cooperative Council
Agway Foundation
National Grape Cooperative
William H. & Susan Lesser
Kevin Murphy
Don Schriver
Robert V. Call, Jr.
Brian Henehan
John Shelford
Theron F. Kibbe
Stephen R. Wright
Roy A. Myers
David Barton
Hugh Hill
Thomas R. Carter
CHS, Inc. Foundation
Patrick O'Donnell
H. Christopher & Debra Peterson
Greg Wickham
Knouse Foods
David M. Hayes
Kevin M. Murphy
Yellow Wood Associates
Robert D. Sears
Cooperative Development Institute
Susan Henehan
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
John McCulley
J. Roy Orton
Michael Levine
Robert Ludwig
John E. Shelford
Todd Schmit
Cooperative Resources International
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Thomas Davenport
R. Brian How
Craig Buckout
O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative
Farm Credit of Maine, ACA
Dairylea Cooperative, Inc.
Dairy Farmers of America