Cooperative Development Services is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1985. Since its inception, CDS has been committed to providing a range of innovative, results-oriented, and cost-effective services to cooperatives and related organizations. Drawing on the skills and expertise of an experienced and knowledgeable staff, CDS has participated in the development, restructuring, and expansion of over 500 cooperative organizations of all kinds. CDS provides consulting on a fee-for-service basis, but we are often successful in helping clients secure grant funding from various public and private sources to buy down the cost of our work.
We share a vision of people working together cooperatively and responsibly to achieve their social and economic wellbeing through organizations they own and control.
CDS will be a partner and a catalyst in developing and strengthening cooperative economies by providing highly effective development services to new and existing cooperatives.