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CDF succeeds in GlobalGiving’s Accelerator, becomes recognized partner of GlobalGiving

Ottawa, February 3, 2017 - CDF announced today that they have graduated from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, gaining entry into the GlobalGiving marketplace and becoming a recognized partner of GlobalGiving. As part of the Accelerator, CDF successfully raised over $8,000US from 62 unique individual donors to support their project, Women Empowering Women in Africa and Asia. Their success in realizing this amount and number of donations in such a short time, means that out of 300 charities invited into the Accelerator Program, CDF placed 13th.

"We're thrilled to have CDF as part of our community. CDF has met our rigorous vetting standards for trust and community support, and we're committed to providing tools, training, and support as they learn, grow and become more effective," said Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving. "GlobalGiving donors value the opportunity to support nonprofits like CDF, knowing that they'll get regular updates about how their donations are put to work."

"A life-changing training program for women in developing countries - the Women's Mentorship Program (WMP) - is a unique opportunity for women to learn management skills and financial best practice from other women managers, and expand their professional skill set in areas of employment normally dominated by men. The experience promotes gender equality. It transforms careers, credit unions and communities by teaching skills that enable women to be successful managers of co-op financial institutions.", said Vito Scuderi, Program Manager at CDF. "Visit our project, Women Empowering Women in Africa and Asia, to learn how even $10 can make a difference. We're $1,435 away from our overall goal of $10,000."

Recycle your car and direct proceeds to CDF!

Did you know that you can make sure your car is recycled properly while helping to alleviate poverty by supporting the building and strengthening of financial and non-financial co-ops in Canada and around the world?

Canadians across the country can donate their vehicles to Car Heaven and specify the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) as the beneficiary of the vehicle’s value. In return, the donor receives a tax receipt from CDF.

Toxic fluids are taken out of the vehicle and disposed of responsibly, re-usable parts are removed, re-conditioned and re-sold, and what can’t be re-used is then scrapped for melting down. For more information and to donate your end-of-life ride to CDF,  click HERE to visit the Car Heaven website.


Join CDF’s Engagement Committee and build a global co-operative community!

If you’re a Canadian co-operator interested in alleviating poverty, then we’d love to hear from you!  CDF is now accepting expressions of interest to join its Engagement Committee.

This Committee (non-Board) is tasked with helping staff generate volunteer, financial and technical assistance resources through its current relationships and the cultivation of new relationships with the Canadian co-operative sector.

Click HERE for more information!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Canada’s Ambassador to Indonesia visits CDF funded aquaculture project

Ambassador MacArthur visiting a seaweed farm in Lamalaka Village

Canada's new Ambassador to Indonesia, Peter MacArthur, visited seaweed producers in Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi Province in late November. The Canadian Co-operative Association is collaborating with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and a local Indonesian organization, LP3M (Lembaga Pengkajian Pedesaan, Pantai dan Masyarakat), to strengthen the position of small aquaculture producers of seaweed, milkfish and shrimp in four regencies of South Sulawesi. The four-year, $2.7 million project is called INVEST Co-op Indonesia.

Small producers account for over 90% of the seaweed, milkfish and shrimp farmed along Indonesia's coastline. Many farmers in South Sulawesi are struggling to meet the demands and quality standards of a growing seaweed market owing to challenges accessing capital and quality production input, and low levels of financial literacy.  

Ambassador MacArthur met with men and women small producers who shared their experiences and hopes for economic success through their co-operatives. They explained there are many species of seaweed and described the washing, tidying and drying steps involved in post harvesting.

Ms. Syamsiah, a farmer from Bonto Lebang, says she hopes the project will build the capacity of seaweed farmers in her area to be more competitive. Mr. Hamzah, a young farmer from Lamalaka, says farmers need to improve the quality of the seed they use. "By having better quality, we can increase the price we are paid for our seaweed."

"Ambassador MacArthur's visit and attention to the project is most appreciated," says CCA Executive Director Michael Casey. "There are opportunities here to link small scaleproducers to domestic and international markets through co-operatives and other private sector suppliers and processors. We will work collaboratively with our partners and local researchers to develop quality seeds and introduce climate-smart farming methods that will improve the quality and quantity of their production. More importantly, we are helping farmers to sustain improved farming practices and add value to their crops through co-operative enterprises they own and manage themselves."

The Ambassador's visit coincided with a training event to explain the project to local farmers and leaders. He commented favourably on the equal participation of women and men at the training event. Before leaving, the Ambassador thanked producers and community leaders for sharing about seaweed production and the project, and wished his hosts every success.

INVEST Co-op Indonesia is part of a four-country program designed to improve the livelihoods of small producers by increasing their production, productivity and access to markets and financial services through integrated production, financing, and marketing co-operatives.  The INVEST Co-op Program will benefit an estimated 69,800 women and men directly, and 269,000 indirectly in Indonesia, Malawi, Mongolia and Peru. It is being implemented by the Canadian Co-operative Association and local co-operatives and stakeholders in each of the four countries and is made possible with funding from Global Affairs Canada and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF).

Women empowering women in Africa and Asia

Empower Women this Giving Tuesday!

“I am taking more initiative and bringing forward new ideas to make our community service grow.”
- Chisomo Chisale

Ottawa, November 28, 2016 - Tomorrow is giving Tuesday and the change to support emerging women credit union leaders in developing countries.

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Chisomo Chisale just had the experience of her life, flying halfway around the world this summer to learn from Canadian mentors how to tackle the challenges she faces as a woman leader in the world of financial co-operatives. Chisomo manages the Kawale Branch of Fincoop Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO) in Malawi. First time away from home. First flight to another country. First time meeting women managers from other nations. First walk in the Rocky Mountains. First time feeling this empowered!

She’s one of 217 women graduates of a unique leadership program that is tailor made for women managers of co-operative financial institutions in developing countries. Since 2002, the Women’s Mentorship Program has helped women in 19 countries discover new personal and professional confidence and career momentum through mentorship by Canadian women credit union leaders.

Chisomo’s mentors, Debbie Neddow and Gail Lekas at the Servus Credit Union branches in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, say the program changes lives. “Despite our differences, as women managers we speak the same language and share the same hopes,” says Debbie. “The benefits of mentoring definitely flow both ways.”

Since returning to Malawi, Chisomo has made changes that are bringing financial services to more people in need. Most importantly, Chisomo is mentoring and coaching others in her workplace, giving them the confidence she gained through her own mentorship. “I am taking more initiative and bringing forward new ideas to make our community service grow,” she says.

Now, it’s time to reach more women in Africa and Asia.

Let’s empower more women by offering mentorship opportunities in Canada and in their home countries. Starting this Giving Tuesday – November 29 – help us achieve our goal of raising $7,000 by making a donation to the CDF’s Global Giving campaign! We want to empower more women and extend the Women’s Mentorship Program into countries like Malawi, Ghana, Kenya and Mongolia, and bring this opportunity to more women managers of co-operative financial institutions around the world.

To donate and to follow our progress, please visit our Global Giving campaign page.

We sincerely thank you for your consideration and support!
The CDF & CCA Team

CDF Banquet to be a Dreamy Affair!

CDF Banquet to be a Dreamy Affair!


The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is planning a very special evening for its third annual Banquet Dinner and Fundraiser in conjunction with the Directors' Forum, taking place on Friday, September 30th at the Courtyard by Marriott, in downtown Toronto.

In addition to a plated three-course meal, delegates will be treated to a live auction conducted by the one and only Tim Foster, Directors’ Forum Executive Chair.  Reconnect with your fellow co-operators to the sounds of some good ol’ fashioned Rock n’ Roll by The Dreamboats, who will play selections from The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and more!  All delegates to the Directors’ Forum and their guests are invited to this special event, which is open to individuals from the credit union, caisse populaire, and co-operative sectors interested in attending (although seating is limited).

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite co-ops, credit unions, and co-operators to donate unique and interesting items to our exclusive silent and live auctions. We welcome any interest regarding sponsorship for this event; contact us to discuss the opportunities currently available.

Delegates and individuals must pre-register for the Banquet Dinner, the proceeds of which will support CDF’s incredible work to alleviate global poverty. Tickets are $100 + HST.

Please contact Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fundraising Officer, at or at 1.866.266.7677 ext. 229 to donate an item, purchase a ticket, or obtain more information.

CDF would like to thank our generous sponsors of the event, FirstOntario Credit Union, Diebold NixdorfCentral 1 Credit UnionDirectors' Forum and On Co-op!


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CDF Annual Fundraising Event in Winnipeg

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) are delighted to host their annual fundraising event on June 14, 2016, from 5-9pm at the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg during the Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada Congress. With over 100 guests expected to attend, all will walk away with great memories and a better understanding of CDF's and CCA's significant impact on communities around the world.

We would like to invite co-ops, credit unions and co-operators to donate unique and interesting items to our exclusive silent and live auctions, and to purchase tickets. We also welcome any interest regarding sponsorship for this event - contact us to discuss the opportunities currently available.

Please contact Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fundraising Officer at or at 1.866.266.7677 ext. 229 to donate an item and to purchase a ticket or to obtain more information.

Call for Silent Auction Items

We need YOU - co-ops, credit unions and co-operators - to donate unique and interesting items to ensure the success of future events. CDF recognizes all contributors, so donating auction prizes is a great way to gain visibility while supporting co-operative development around the world!

Please contact Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fundraising Officer, at or at 866-266-7677 ext. 229 to donate an item or to obtain more information.

All auction proceeds support CDF.

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