Mission: The cooperative development foundation (cdf) is a 71-year-old 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation organized under illinois state statutes with headquarters in washington, dc. Cdf was created in 1944 by the national cooperative business association (ncba) and the u. S. Cooperative community to help european cooperatives after world war ii. In the 1960s its focus changed to domestic cooperative development. Cdf's mission today is to promote community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprises. Cdf does this by:a) raising and distributing funds for economic and community development projectsb) building partnerships that create cooperative solutions to today's economic problemsc) raising awareness of the role cooperatives play in the nation's and the world's economiescdf's resources are used to support cooperative development through direct expenditure and grants and loans to cooperatives and cooperative organizations.
Programs: Through its grant and loan funds, cdf raises and distributes funds to cooperatives and cooperative development projects and organizations in the areas of food, housing, international, student housing, seniors in rural areas, and cooperative communicators. Cdf also makes grants to help cooperators and cooperatives rebuild after natural disasters.