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Cooperative Academic Centers TOP

Arthur Capper Cooperative Center

Provides education and assistance to people interested in cooperative based businesses. They focus on cooperative research cooperative business development, cooperative finance, cooperative leadership, cooperative strategic management, and cooperative marketing.

Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Center

Provides information and education related to the cooperative form of business with links to information available at Oklahoma State University.

eXtension Cooperatives Community of Practice

Cooperative Community of Practice works to create and share knowledge about cooperatives to broadly serve the needs of people interested in creating, managing, or joining cooperatives.

Kansas Cooperative Development Center

The goal of KCDC is to improve the earnings and economic condition of agricultural producers and other rural residents. Their strategy to do this is to encourage and assist cooperative business development focused of value-added marketing and processing of agricultural products.

Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, North Dakota State University

Provides education at the university level and for executives, conducts research, and coordinates with other organizations and agencies in the region.

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Strives to promote and research cooperative actions as a means of meeting the economic and social needs of people. Provides extension and outreach programs directed at all aspects of cooperative business principles from structure to financing to management.


A regional research project focusing on cooperatives. It’s goals are to promote and coordinate research and create a forum for the interaction between all parties with an interest in cooperatives.

Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork

A university research centre that promotes education, training, independent research, and consultancy in all aspects of co-operative organization.

Center for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan

An interdisciplinary teaching and research institute and the University of Saskatchewan. Created to provide research on the role and operation of cooperatives.

British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies

A catalyst for research, learning, and teaching about co-operative thought and practice through the development of Co-operative Studies as an established field of inquiry. Collaborates with other post-secondary institutions, the co-op sector, government, individuals and communities interested in co-operative development.

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Services

Promotes understanding and use of the cooperative form of business as a viable organizational option for marketing and distributing agricultural products. Serve cooperative members, directors, management, educational institutions, organizations, rural residents, and all other with an interest in the cooperative form of business.

Cooperative Associations TOP

Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE)

ACE is a professional association that highlights educational programs and activities that build the understanding of cooperative-structured businesses. Members are located in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Cooperative Communicators Association

An organization of 350 professionals who communicate for cooperatives. Work towards helping cooperatives in all types of communications including writing, photography, editing to video, layout, and design. They strive to improve effectiveness of communication, advance professional standards of cooperative communication, and allow for the interchange of information among cooperative communicators.

National Cooperative Business Association

NCBA is the lead national membership association representing organizations of all types and in all industries. They help co-ops strengthen their business by offering comprehensive education, co-op development, communications, public policy, member services, and international development programs.

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Aims at protecting the public policy environment in which farmer-owner cooperative businesses operate, promoting their economic well-being, and providing leadership in cooperative education. Remains the only organizations serving exclusively as the national representative and advocate for America’s farmer-owned cooperative businesses.

National Rural Electric Cooperative

Service organization dedicated to representing the national interest of cooperative electric utilities and the customers they serve. Membership includes generation and transmission cooperatives for power supply, statewide and regional trade service associations, supply and manufacturing cooperatives, data processing cooperatives, and employee credit unions.

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative

Represents the advanced telecommunications and information technology interests of more than 1,200 rural utilities and affiliates. They help rural electric and telephone utilities strengthen their businesses with solutions uniquely suited t the needs of rural consumers. They aggregate individual buying power, negotiate contracts, and support business solutions which expand their service offerings.

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation

A member owned financial institution that provides state-of-the-art financial products to its approximately 1,050 electric cooperative members.

National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC)

Involved in financial management and planning of cooperative businesses. Members are employed by cooperative or provide professional services to them. Employees include accountants, CFO’s, auditors, bookkeepers, CEO’s, attorney’s, bankers, tax professionals, and other finance and accounting employees of cooperatives.

National Telecommunications Cooperative Association

Non-profit association representing more than 560 small and rural telephone cooperatives and commercial companies. They provide government affairs programs, expert legal representation, educational services, publications, and meetings.

International Cooperative Organizations TOP

Agricultural Cooperative Development International & Volunteers in Overseas Assistance (ACDI/VOCA)

Originally formed by U. S. cooperatives, the organization strengthens the capacity of cooperatives and associations to provide training and information services, scale up production and apply quality control standards. Assistance is provided to link groups to higher-value markets, form business alliances and advocate for favorable regulatory environments in the International marketplace.


The largest financial group in Canada with 5 million member-owners. They value equity, solidarity, and social responsibility in their financial services.

International Co-operative Alliance

An independent, non-government association that focuses on ensuring that cooperatives are an enterprise that can compete in the market place. They raise awareness, focus on creating the right policy environment for cooperatives to operate in, provide information, and offer technical assistance through development programs.

Ontario Co-Operative Association

A primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-operatives and credit unions for the economic and social betterment of communities and people in Ontario.

U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC)

OCDC brings together organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Members provide technical assistance and training for the overseas development in agriculture, community development, l local economic development and rural telecommunications.

Government Agencies TOP

Farm Credit Administration

The Farm Credit Administration (FCA or Agency) is an independent agency in the executive branch of the U.S. Government. It is responsible for regulating and examining the banks, associations, and related entities of the Farm Credit System (FCS or System), including the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac). The FCS is a nationwide network of borrower-owned financial institutions that provide credit to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives.

USDA Rural Development

Promotes understanding and use of the cooperative form of business as a viable organizational option for marketing and distributing agricultural products. Serve cooperative members, directors, management, educational institutions, organizations, rural residents, and all other with an interest in the cooperative form of business.

USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service

Provides most recent statistics on New York State and the counties located in NYS along with access to U.S. agricultural data and latest releases of information on commodity prices.

Financial Services TOP


CoBank has been a leader in delivering financial solutions since 1916. They offer loan programs, financial services, and leasing services to agribusinesses, rural communicators, energy systems, and Farm Credit Associations.

CUNA- Credit Unions

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the premier national trade association serving credit unions. Ninety percent of America's credit unions are affiliated with CUNA. CUNA provides many services to credit unions, including representation, information, public relations, continuing professional education, and business development.

Farm Credit Council

Farm Credit offers loans and financial services to agricultural producers. The council enhances the competitive environment for the Farm Credit System by promoting and protecting the legislative and regulatory interests of System institutions, and helps them achieve additional benefits associate with being a System.

National Cooperative Bank (NCB)

The National Cooperative Bank provides comprehensive, tailored financials services to cooperatives and other member-owned organizations through the country. They are headquartered in Washington DC and have offices in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Ohio, and New York.

Foundations TOP

Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation

The Agway Foundation, established in 1966 by Agway, Inc., is a small foundation to benefit agriculture and the public good. The primary goal of the Foundation is to support organizations dedicated to serving the interests of farmers and rural communities in the Northeast. Agway, Inc. is the largest agricultural cooperative in the Northeast, owned by 80,000 farmer members in twelve Northeastern states. It operates six subsidiaries, with its headquarters in Syracuse.

CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation invests the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development. Programs offered include Scholarships, Rural Youth Leadership Development, Returning Value to Rural Communities, Cooperative Education, Farm and Agricultural Safety, Emergency Assistance and Disaster Relief.

Cooperative Development Foundation

A non-profit organization that works to improve lives and communities by supporting economic development based on cooperatives.

Nationwide Insurance-Dunlap Foundation

This is a competitive grant program to support cooperative business principles and cooperative enterprise. Funds may be used to support staff and faculty salaries, consultant fees, project related participants' travel, supplies and other administrative expenses. Grant funds may not be used for capital costs like construction and renovation or to support ongoing operating expenses.