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CDF Gratitude Report 2016

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) published its third annual Gratitude Report this January.

Like in past years, this year's Gratitude Report has been published in appreciation of all of CDF's supporters, including volunteers, individuals, co-ops, credit unions, and other businesses from across Canada. It also demonstrates the impact that their contributions have made to CDF's projects around the globe.

Since 2012, CDF and its implementing partner the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) have worked to reduce poverty and increase prosperity by strengthening credit unions and co-operatives in 22 countries. In this time, volunteers have contributed nearly 10,000 volunteer days, and donors have contributed nearly 9 million dollars to support international projects. This time, talent, and treasure are essential in CDF's ability to leverage support from international development partners, including Global Affairs Canada.

CDF's Gratitude Report highlights some of our supporters' stories, as well as some stories of how they are helping to Build a Better World

To request copies of the report, please contact CDF at cdf@coopscanada.coop.

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Call for Auction Items

After a very successful 'Tis the Season Online Auction, CDF's supply closet is running low!

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 gonzalo.rodriguez@coopscanada.coop or at 866-266-7677 ext. 229 to donate an item or to obtain more information.

All auction proceeds support CDF.

 

 

Arctic Co-operatives Limited increases its annual pledge to CDF

The Board of Directors of Arctic Co-operativess Limited has voted to renew and increase its pledged contribution to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) by 25%, to $50,000 over the next four years.

“Arctic Co-operatives Limited is pleased to support the important work undertaken by CDF around the world,” says Arctic Co-operative Limited Chief Executive Officer Andy Morrison. “The board is very appreciative of the support provided by CDF, through the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development Program, to Old Crow Co-op in Old Crow, Yukon, the newest member of the co-op family in the Arctic.”

“We applaud Arctic Co-operatives Limited for this generous increase,” says CDF and CCA Executive Director Michael Casey. “Their sustained commitment helps us to reach more families living in the most vulnerable communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas with tools to help them achieve economic prosperity. The simple math is that the more donations we receive, the more resources we can leverage from funders to do more good work where it is needed.”

With nearly $9 million raised since 2012, CCA, on behalf of CDF, has been able to leverage a further $35 million from international development funders to support  our mission. Last year alone, CCA programs helped 3.4 million co-op members in 18 countries build lasting pathways out of poverty through their credit unions and co-operatives.

“We are helping families move out of poverty, and our global reach is expanding,” says Mr. Casey. “Given the  proven impact that community co-operatives  have on the lives of millions of families around the world, we encourage our Canadian co-operatives and all those who share our co-operative values and principles to continue their generous support for our work.”

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CDF welcomes a generous pledge from CUETS Financial

Ottawa, December 17, 2015 - CUETS Financial, the leading provider of financial products and services to credit unions and caisses populaires across Canada, has donated $50,000 to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF). 

"CUETS Financial and our employees have a deep-rooted connection to the co-operative system and to organizations like CDF who support communities in need through empowerment and development," explained Steve Laurin, AVP CUETS Financial. He adds "The important work CDF does to bring relief and community-owned prosperity to impoverished countries reflects our core values and those we share with our credit union partners across Canada."

With this generous gift, CUETS Financial joins the many credit unions and co-ops across the country supporting CDF through financial contributions and volunteered staff time.

"We applaud CUETS Financial for taking its core values to the global stage," says CDF and CCA Director of Engagement Julie Breuer. "This money will go a long way to helping families in Africa, Asia and the Americas employ time-tested tools of co-operation to improve their life circumstances."

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‘Tis the Season Online Auction

CDF has launched its annual 'Tis the Season Online Auction, graciously sponsored by THE EXCHANGE®. Please help us spread the word among your contacts, friends and family! 

Help CDF support international development by shopping at our annual holiday auction! There are many exciting items up for grabs ranging from two passes to the National Arts Centre, to a NOVICA alpaca sweater, and many other treasures in between! New items will be added throughout the week. Follow us on Twitter to be the first to know! @CDFcanada

Visit https://www.32auctions.com/cdftistheseason2015 to see the amazing items that are up for bid.

Bidding begins now, November 20th (noon EST), and will run until December 4th (noon EST).

BID TODAY, AND BID OFTEN TO WIN! All auction proceeds support CDF.

 

 

5-Day Study Tour to Peru

On Monday, November 2nd, CDF staff and volunteers embarked on a 5-day Study Tour to Peru. The group will be visiting Lima and Piura to visit co-operative projects that support and empower communities of producer farmers to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families. Read more about CDF's work in Peru here.

CDF Study Tours are an opportunity for co-op and credit unions leaders from across Canada to learn about CDF's co-operative development projects around the world and to engage with co-op staff and members. In the spirit of Co-operative Principle 6 - co-operation among co-operatives - CDF Study Tours encourage knowledge exchange among credit unions and co-operatives internationally with the aim of strengthening the international co-operative movement.

This year's participants are:

Janice Johnson
Marketing & Communication Specialist, GROWMARK, Inc.
Kitchener, ON

Jeremy Trask
Executive VP Technology, Conexus Credit Union
Regina, SK

Cary Ransome
COO, Conexus Credit Union
Regina, SK

Luis Garcia
VP Operations, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative
Mississauga, ON

Shelley McDade
CEO, Sunshine Coast Credit Union
Sechelt, BC

Jim (James) Watt
Chief Governance Officer, United Farmers of Alberta (UFA)
Calgary, AB

Julie Breuer
Director of Engagement, Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF)
Ottawa, ON

Alexa (Alexandrea) Creelman
CDF Contract Staff
Kelowna, BC

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Call for Items: ‘Tis the Season Online Auction

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) will soon be hosting its annual 'Tis the Season Online Auction. It is scheduled to run from November 20th - December 4th, just in time for the holiday season.

Due to the huge success of our recent auctions, our supply closet is once again running low! 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 Andrea Shillolo, Fundraising Coordinator, at andrea.shillolo@coopscanada.coop or at 866-266-7677 ext. 219 to donate an item or to obtain more information.

All auction proceeds support CDF.

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is a registered charitable organization that works to alleviate poverty by building and strengthening financial and non-financial co-ops in Canada and around the world. CDF works with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and other organizations to implement development projects on its behalf.

For more information on CDF, visit: www.cdfcanada.coop.

CDF Announces Key Support from Credit Unions of BC and Credit Unions of Ontario

On behalf of Credit Unions of BC and Credit Unions of Ontario Central 1 has pledged to generously support the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) to Build a Better World. The multi-year pledge of $100,000 will go a long way in helping to improve lives in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Credit Unions of BC and Credit Unions of Ontario have provided enormous support to CDF and the Build a Better World Campaign through financial contributions and time volunteered by their staff totalling a value of over $1.7 million dollars. This generous contribution brings the donation total to over $930,000 and 1,480 days of volunteer work, since 2012 from Credit Unions in the two provinces

"Our members and staff greatly value the work that CDF does to help alleviate poverty by strengthening and supporting international co-operative development around the world , " explained Don Wright, CEO of Central 1. He adds, "We believe profoundly in CDF's mission to help people bring themselves out of poverty by providing vocational training, and co-operative savings and loans that aid in building a foundation for a secure life."

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