CDS Receives $5000 Grant from The Cooperative Foundation

April 6, 2012 – The Cooperative Foundation has awareded a $5,000 grant to Cooperative Development Services to fund a survey of economic development professionals in MN, WI, and IA regarding the needs and interests for cooerpative solutions to community economic development issues.  The survey will be conducted in summer/fall 2012, and results will be published both by CDS and by the Foundation.

Formed by cooperative leaders in 1945, The Cooperative Foundation received much of its financial assets through the vision and generosity of St. Paul architect Thomas Ellerbe Sr. and his family. The Ellerbe contribution is a striking reminder that individuals can make lasting positive impacts. That endowment and contributions from cooperative benefactors continues to support the work of the foundation.

Through its mission to expand and enhance cooperatives through research, teaching, extension, innovation, and development, The Cooperative Foundation remains a vital part of the past and future of cooperation in the United States.