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The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada

Building a Better World

For more than 65 years, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has been mobilizing resources — mostly from Canadian co-ops and credit unions — to make the world a better place. For much of that time, CDF has worked with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and other partners to help poor communities fight poverty and create more secure lives through community-owned co-ops in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2012, CDF launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. Tapping into the theme and enthusiasm of the UN’s International Year of Co-operatives, the Build a Better World Campaign set out to raise $12 million over a four year period. The campaign already recorded some excellent results with more than $6 million donated or pledged, more than 60 new organizational donors and more than 1,300 individuals signing on.

Over the life of the campaign, CDF staff and volunteers will be working hard to maintain that momentum. The needs in the developing world are great, but CDF has an effective solution to offer – locally owned and managed co-operatives and credit unions.

Co-operatives improve family income which means education for children, better food, shelter and clothing for poor people. Your donation creates new opportunities for women to learn and to earn, and the stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities that co-operatives help to create have fewer tensions and less conflict.

Be part of this important campaign. Every donation matters!

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