Celebrate a century of supporting cooperative businesses that build a better world with us. You and your business can get involved in the campaign in a few different ways:

  • Watch the PBS Series Visionaries documentary on cooperatives - broadcast throughout 2017, and hold a local screening!
  • Join in the celebration and promote co-ops on Social Media. We have some graphics and suggested posts ready for you! And be sure to share and follow all the great stories from our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Enter in to our themed monthly photo contests! Click here for more info.
  •  Let your local communities know about the power and history of the cooperative model through your local media. Click here to access a press release you can share and modify.
  • Own your identity by getting the .coop domain or using the coop marque. See our Own It initiative for tools and information on promoting your co-op identity.

Visionaries PBS Series Documentary 

Broadcast on over 45 local PBS stations, the Visionaries Series is highlighting the power of co-ops both here in the U.S. and around the world. This 1 hour documentary follows the work of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), celebrating 100 years of cooperatives that build a better world through 7 co-op stories featuring members in Seattle, Western Massachusetts, Mississippi, and international projects in Mozambique and East Timor. With the 7 cooperative principles binding these unique and diverse businesses, we can see that co-ops truly do build a better world.

Broadcast details for local PBS stations are updated every 2 weeks. You can access the 2 week schedule to see if it is being shown in your area at this link.

We encourage members and non-members to hold screenings! If you would like to hold a screening -fill out the form below and we will send you the film for download.


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"In the Spirit of Cooperation" - Digital Screening Kit


Thank you for your interest in hosting a screening of "In the Spirit of Cooperation" produced  by Visionaries for PBS, presented by NCBA CLUSA.

For a link to download the HD film for screening, please fill out a Screening Application, and we will contact you with a link to the file.

A huge thank you to this episode's sponsors, who generously supported The Visionaries Public Television Series this season: 

We are pleased to provide some items to use for your local screening below:

  • Customizable poster
  • Social media image
  • Promotional postcard
  • Fun facts to enhance your promotion and event

Be sure to share your screening with us on Twitter and Facebook using #CoopDoc and #100yrsCoop and tagging @NCBACLUSA

Check out these fun facts to facilitate a post-screening Q&A:

  • The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) was founded 100 years ago, but co-ops have been around since the 1700s. Learn more co-op history from our 100th Anniversary timeline.
  • The camera crew travelled over 37,000 miles to shoot this film in 6 locations on 3 continents.
  • This film features four types of co-ops (agriculture, worker-owned, credit unions and consumer based, such as food co-ops), but the co-op model is also used for utilities, purchasing and housing as well! Learn more about the different Co-op Sectors.
  • Learn more about why Visionaries chose the co-op model as a subject.
  •  What was your favorite co-op story? Let us know using #CoopDoc and #100yrscoop




Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to re-tweet and share throughout the year!

Key Dates:

January 13: 100 Year Anniversary Kick-off Event

March 18: NCBA CLUSA’s 100th anniversary—help celebrate with our social media graphics!

May 2 - 6: Annual Co-op Week

July 2: International Day of Co-ops

October 2016: Co-op Month

Monthly: Co-op Photo Contests





Sample posts for Facebook:

This year we are celebrating 100 years of cooperation with NCBA CLUSA, looking back over our history and getting excited about the future. Check out the celebration events at www.ncbaclusa100.coop #100yrsCoop

Did you know the co-op movement was started in England in 1845? See other fun facts about co-ops and the past 100 years in the U.S. with NCBA CLUSA’s 100th anniversary timeline: www.ncbaclusa100.coop #100yrsCoop #gocoop

The National #Cooperative Business Association has fostered cooperation among co-ops for 100 years! Proud to be a member, and work with co-ops across industries. www.ncbaclusa100.coop #IamACoop #100yrsCoop

Sample posts for Twitter:

Celebrate 100 Years of #Cooperation with @NCBACLUSA and check out their cool timeline: www.ncbaclusa100.coop #100YrsCoop

Proud to #gocoop with a movement that’s 100 years strong! @NCBACLUSA #100YrsCoop

#IAmaCoop and an @NCBACLUSA member, joining co-ops across industries for 100 years! #100yrsCoop

Celebrating #100YrsCoop with @NCBACLUSA and the other 40,000 co-ops in the U.S.

Did you know 1 in 3 American’s is a co-op member? And they’ve been cooperating for 100 years! #100YrsCoop #gocoop @NCBACLUSA

Shareable Graphics:

Key People to Follow this Year:





100 Years of Cooperation Photo Contest

Every month, NCBA CLUSA will hold a co-op photo contest with a monthly theme. Members and non-members are encouraged to submit photos they believe demonstrate the power of cooperation or that monthly theme. Monthly winners will receive a co-op prize pack!

Submit for JULY through 7/24 and vote on your favorites throughout the last week of the month here.

Contest Rules:

To enter a photo, every month we will create a Facebook album with any photos we collect from searching for the hashtag #IAmACoop and tagged with our Facebook page or Twitter handle, @NCBACLUSA. Make sure the photo is shared publicly so we can see it! Entrants may also submit a photo to info@ncba.coop with the subject line: Co-op Photo Contest.

Photos will be put into a Facebook album by monthly theme for 1 week at the end of the month. By the end of that week, the photo with the most “likes” in the Facebook album will be the photo contest winner! Winners will receive a co-op prize pack every month.

Photos tagged with #IAmACoop warrant a submission to the photo contest. If any photos tagged with #IAmACoop wish to be removed from the album, contact NCBA CLUSA. Also, NCBA CLUSA cannot guarantee all photos will be placed in the monthly album.

Monthly Themes:

March – Women Pioneers and Co-ops - We have a winner! Congratulations Annie!

April – Co-ops and International Development - Congratulations Andrea!

May – Resilience - Congratulations Mary!

June – Farm to Table - Congratulations Todd!

July – Entrepreneurship

August – Buy Local

September – Rural America

October – Future Leaders

All Year - The Spirit of Cooperation


By entering a submission, entrants are granting NCBA CLUSA perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive rights to display distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of their entry. When reproduced, all photographs will be credited to the photographer when possible. NCBA CLUSA will not be required to pay for, or seek approval for, any and all usage of photographic submissions. NCBA CLUSA will not sell photograph entries to other parties. Failure by NCBA CLUSA to enforce any of its rights at any point does not constitute a waiver of these rights. NCBA CLUSA reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Contest or modify these rules at its discretion. By receiving a prize, the winner agrees to release and hold harmless NCBA CLUSA and its employees, directors, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, whether under a theory of contract, tort, or otherwise.

For any persons appearing in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, the express permission, written, verbal, or otherwise, necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the express permission, written, verbal, or otherwise, of a parent or legal guardian is required.

Find a shareable press release for your local media below:





NCBA CLUSA Celebrates 100 Years of Cooperation


Celebrating 100 years of cooperation, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), along with its members, will be promoting the cooperative business model in events throughout its hundredth anniversary year.

Founded on March 18, 1916, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year supporting and promoting the cooperative business model in the U.S. and around the world. In the U.S., one in three Americans is a member of a co-op, which is the business model for over 40,000 businesses representing over $3 trillion in assets in industries from credit unions to rural electric co-ops, purchasing, groceries, farming and worker-owned businesses across many sectors. Co-ops must adhere to seven international principles, including democratic control and concern for community in order to be a cooperative.

“We are proud to represent such a diverse membership of businesses across the United States who all work under the principles of cooperation,” said Judy Ziewacz, NCBA CLUSA’s Interim President and CEO. “Our association’s anniversary provides us the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate not only the past 100 years of cooperation, but also support the next 100 years of the co-op movement with the goal of becoming the fastest growing business model.”

Throughout the past 100 years, co-op businesses have been a consistent part of the U.S. economy, including weathering depressions and recessions better than traditional businesses in some cases. Co-ops were also an integral part of civil rights history and the electrification of the West.

Over the year, NCBA CLUSA will celebrate 100 years of cooperation with events around the country, including screenings of a documentary on the co-op model, produced by the Visionaries television series.

Abroad, NCBA CLUSA has worked to alleviate poverty through cooperative development and economic and social empowerment in over 85 countries, and represents the U.S. cooperative community to the International Cooperative Alliance.

To learn more about the history of the cooperative movement in the U.S and around the world, visit NCBA CLUSA’s 100th Anniversary website at www.ncbaclusa100.coop



As we celebrate 100 years of cooperation in 2016, NCBA CLUSA is promoting a unified cooperative identity that builds public awareness by communicating the value and core principles of the co-op business model to consumers through the use of the .coop domain and CO-OP marque.  

As a cooperative business, you’re committed to putting people and communities above bottom lines. You believe the voluntary, open membership and democratic member control at the heart of the co-op business model are critical to sustainable, equitable economic growth. And that profits belong in the hands of members, not CEOs or shareholders.

But does your neighbor know? Do your customers know? What about your local government official? NCBA CLUSA’s OwnIt initiative seeks to bridge that awareness gap. Our OwnIt microsite provides you with the tools you need to visibly differentiate yourself from traditional businesses. Through consistent, universal use, the .coop domain and CO-OP marque will become trusted symbols of ethical, democratic and trustworthy business—in the same way that buying a bag of coffee marked “Fair Trade” lets you know that the farmers behind your morning brew earned a decent wage.

Recently, the nation’s largest consumer co-op REI recently introduced a new logo—the first to include the word “co-op” since 1983, actively embracing its cooperative identity. More than 1,400 other cooperative businesses—including True Value, Equal Exchange and the National Cooperative Bank—have already chosen to #OwnIt by using a .coop domain. Now it’s your turn. Help celebrate 100 years of cooperation by raising awareness of the movement you believe in. Get the information you need at ncba.coop/ownit