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CDFs the Buzz Newsletter: Disaster Recovery Fund Supports Australian Co-ops


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Support Australian Co-ops With A Donation to the Disaster Recovery Fund 
The bushfires in Australia have caused staggering human and environmental damage, impacting communities and the cooperatives that serve them. With an estimated half a billion animals killed, 28 lives lost and close to 18 million acres burned, Australians are battling the largest bushfires in the country’s history. In times of emergency, the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF)’s Disaster Recovery Fund helps local cooperatives get back to business after disaster strikes . Those interested in helping Australian cooperatives and their communities recover and rebuild are encouraged to make a donation to the Disaster Recovery Fund.
Grant Highlight: Education Key to Success of Resident Owned Communities      
Resident Owned Communities (ROCs) provide affordable, stable housing solutions for some of the most vulnerable tenants groups – owners of manufactured homes. A key component to the success of these communities is quality and ongoing cooperative education for resident-owners. In 2019 the CDF Education Fund provided four grants to support ROC education programs around the U.S.  
Your Feet Need Co-op Socks 
Share your co-op pride, spruce up your wardrobe, and celebrate CDF’s 75th Anniversary with a pair of co-op socks. The socks are decorated with the Twin Pines logo and available in teal and purple or black and grey. A donation of $25 to CDF during 2020 will get you a pair. 
“CDF is an indispensable resource to community leaders around the country who are strengthening and building local commitment to cooperative principles and values,” Martin Lowery, retired executive vice president, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. 
Honor 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees with a “Friends of” Listing 
The 2020 Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees have dedicated their careers to bettering lives through cooperative advocacy, leadership, and education. Join CDF in honoring this dedication by adding your name as a Friend of Ben Burkett, Everett M. Dobrinski, Carmen Huertas-Noble, or Michael Mercer.   
Upcoming Deadlines
The deadline to apply to the 2020 Howard Bowers Fund spring grant cycle is February 15, 2020.
Applications can be submitted here
The deadline to apply to the 2020 Cooperative Education Fund spring grant cycle is May 1, 2020.
Applications can be submitted here
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