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 our 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
The California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes and supports cooperatives of all kinds in California and beyond with start-up, management and other technical assistance. Several 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.
We work with established cooperatives and groups that are interested in developing cooperatives throughout California and beyond. The cooperative sectors we serve include agricultural, artisan, business, consumer, energy, housing, preschool/childcare, worker and other cooperatives.
Summary of Services
The Center offers timely, valuable education from field professionals through our annual California Co-op Conference and our Agricultural Cooperative Directors and Managers Training. We provide ongoing technical assistance to help cooperatives address individual needs via referrals, fee for service, utilizing grant funding and other means. To help address issues of particular concern to specific sectors of cooperatives, CCCD collects, analyzes and disseminates data, technical knowledge, best practices and other information. We're available to address inquiries about cooperative development at any time, so please contact us!
CCCD educates the public and groups interested in forming a cooperative through diverse outreach programs providing basic information about the cooperative business model, as well as practical information on how to organize cooperatives, cooperative financing, governance, management, and related topics.