The mission of the California Center for Cooperative Development is to promote cooperatives as a vibrant business model to address the economic and social needs of California’s communities. CCCD fulfills this mission by:
• Educating the public, community institutions, and government agencies to foster and promote the understanding of cooperatives;
• Identifying and disseminating information about successful practices and models for cooperatives;
• Encouraging cooperation and coordination among various types of cooperatives;
• Providing technical assistance and education for the development of cooperatives to best address economic and social needs. Background
The California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the myriad of cooperatives in California (housing, childcare, agricultural, arts and crafts, agriculture and energy) with start-up, management, and other technical assistance. Many CCCD staff and board members were previously employed or associated with the University of California at Davis Center for Cooperatives, an extension program that closed in 2004 due to budget cuts. CCCD staff have extensive community development and cooperative development experience. Clientele
Established cooperatives and groups interested in developing cooperatives throughout the state of California. Cooperative sectors served by the Center includes: agricultural, artisan, business, consumer, energy, housing, preschool/childcare, worker, and other cooperatives. Summary of Services
The Center offers annual seminars to assist Cooperative Directors in effective governance, strategic and financial planning and other issues. CCCD also provides technical assistance to help cooperatives address specific issues is available through a variety of media (determined by the circumstances of the cooperative) including referrals, fee for service, or by utilizing grant funding. To help address issues of particular concern to specific sectors of cooperatives, the Center collects, analyzes, and disseminates data, technical knowledge, best practices, and other information.
CCCD educates the public and groups interested in forming a cooperative through a pallet of outreach programs. These include basic information about the cooperative business model, as well as practical information on how to organize cooperatives, cooperative financing, governance, management, and related topics.