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Assiniboine Credit Union steps up to “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation's Build a Better World Campaign has gained an important foothold in Manitoba with Assiniboine Credit Union's commitment of $80,000 over the next four years.

For many years, Assiniboine has taken a leadership role in community economic development, supporting innovative work in the greater Winnipeg area. Through this significant donation, Assiniboine's board and management have made a clear statement that their concern for disadvantaged and marginalized people extends much farther, to people in Africa, Asia and the Americas who are working to improve their lives through co-operatives and credit unions.

"Through the Co-operative Development Foundation, we have been supporting the international development work of the Canadian Co-operative Association for many years," said Assiniboine's President and CEO, Al Morin. "The International Year of Co-operatives seemed like a good time to expand that support, and the Build a Better World Campaign offered the perfect opportunity. We hope we are just the first of many Manitoba Credit Unions to make a significant commitment to this campaign."

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CDF invites you to join us for our first “Build a Better World” Photo Exhibit in Ottawa

On May 31st, 2012, please join us at Your Credit Union in Ottawa to see firsthand how CCA and CDF are helping people work, own, save and build through co-operative development. Come browse our photo exhibit and learn more about CDF’s Build a Better World Campaign to commemorate the International Year of Co-operatives. 

Please RSVP to Julie Beckett at 613-238-6711 ext. 242 or at Julie.beckett@coopscanada.coop.

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First West Credit Union steps up to “Build a Better World”

First West Credit Union -- B.C.’s third largest credit union -- has announced a commitment of $150,000 over three years to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada’s (CDF) Build a Better World Campaign. The initiative endeavors to raise $12 million over four years to help alleviate global poverty and support the development of co-operatives and credit unions in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

First West has been a solid supporter of CDF for more than a decade, and has also supported the international development work of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) in other ways, including hosting women through the Women’s Mentorship Program.  For the past 50 years, CDF has worked in partnership with CCA, providing essential financial resources for CCA’s work in reducing poverty through co-operatives and credit unions in the developing world.

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Canada’s largest Credit Union offers to “Build a Better World”

Vancity (Vancouver City Savings Credit Union) has today thrown its support behind an effort to raise $12 million for co-operative development around the world. 

Vancity has pledged $250,000 over the next three years in support of the Co-operative Development Foundation’s Build a Better World Campaign.  The money will support efforts to reduce poverty in Asia, Africa, and Latin America through the development of locally owned co-operatives and credit unions. 

“There is growing demand worldwide for values-based financial institutions that have a triple bottom line approach to banking ,balancing people, the planet and prosperity and to use the strength of credit and collaboration to help build a better world,” says Andy Broderick, Vice President of Community Investment at Vancity. “As a financial co-operative and a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values we share a commitment to help find global solutions to international problems through a sustainable banking approach and believe it’s the best way a credit union can serve its members.”

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Great results for CDF Women’s Day auction

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has registered an excellent return from its latest on-line auction. All of the items on offer sold, bringing in $2,231, exceeding the $2,000 target.

According to CDF’s Lise Boissonneault, who managed the auction, there were more than 130 bids from 50 registered bidders. The items available included a wide range of goods, from an iPad 2 to African crafts.

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Federated Co-operatives Ltd. pledges $500,000 to “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has today announced that Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has committed $500,000 to the Build a Better World Campaign on behalf of its employees and the member retail co-operatives that comprise the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) in Western Canada. Over the next four years, the campaign seeks to raise $12 million to alleviate poverty by building and strengthening co-operatives in the developing world.

"Federated Co-operatives Limited is pleased to be part of this effort," according to FCL President Glen Tully. "Federated Co-operatives Limited and the CRS have made an enormous difference in the lives of people in the communities we serve throughout Western Canada," he said. "We are fortunate to live in a safe and prosperous country, and we are proud to share some of our good fortune to help people in other parts of the world work their way out of poverty."

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The Co-operators commits $500,000 to help co-operatives “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has today announced that The Co-operators has committed $500,000 to a new campaign in support of international co-operative development.  The announcement was made at the launch of the Build a Better World Campaign, which seeks to raise $12 million over four years to help alleviate poverty by building and strengthening co-operatives in the developing world.

"Throughout the developing world, co-ops are supporting local economies by producing much-needed products and services while creating jobs and developing people's skills," said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. "We're pleased to lend our support, particularly during the International Year of Co-operatives, to help build a legacy that will make a real difference in people's lives for many years beyond 2012."

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Gay Lea Foods pledges $400,000 to help co-operatives “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has today announced that Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited has committed $400,000 to a new campaign in support of international co-operative development.  The announcement was made at the launch of the Build a Better World Campaign, which seeks to raise $12 million over four years to help alleviate poverty by building and strengthening co-operatives in the developing world.

The announcement continues a tradition of support for the international development work of CDF and the Canadian Co-operative Association driven largely by Gay Lea Staff, who have contributed more than $300,000 to CDF over the past few years from their own pockets and through fundraising activities.

“When we chose the slogan The World is Our Community, Ontario is Our Home, we were thinking about the poverty reduction work that CDF supports around the world,” said Gay Lea Board Chair Mark Hamel. “We are proud of the efforts our staff and members have made to support CDF. This is the International Year of Co-operatives – a good time to make a clear statement that as a co-operative Gay Lea is a committed participant in the co-operative effort to end poverty around the world.”

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