I’ve been writing primarily about the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade in recent posts. That will continue to be my main theme, as we don’t want anyone to fall into the all-too-frequent trap of believing, because you’ve come up with a great idea, that you’ve actually done something. Our real work is ahead. The ICA Board agreed some key initiatives for this year, to begin to implement the Blueprint, as I reported earlier.
Today, though, I want to say thank you … thank you to those ICA members that have made contributions to our Blueprint Fund. ICA attempts to be a good steward of the resources our members entrust to us through their annual membership subscriptions. Those resources, while essential for ICA’s core work, are modest when compared to the bold vision of the Blueprint. While we have reordered our priorities to advance the Blueprint’s objectives, our normal operating budget could never make a serious dent in the Blueprint’s demands.
For that reason, we have established a Blueprint Fund. This fund is a successor to the International Year of Co-operatives Fund that allowed us to draft the Blueprint in the first place, and to undertake initiatives that contributed to a successful International Year. The Blueprint Fund is dedicated to underwriting the initiatives necessary to achieve the vision of the Blueprint.
So our deepest gratitude to the following contributors:
Co-operative Bank of Kenya Ltd
Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies (MUCCOBS) (Tanzania)
Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Co-operatives (ZINAHCO)
Banco Credicoop Cooperativo Limitado (BCCL) (Argentina)
Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos, Cooperativa Ltda. (IMFC) (Argentina)
La Segunda Cooperativa Limitada Seguros Generales (Argentina)
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito San Martin de Porres Ltda. (COSMart) (Bolivia)
Central Nacional Unimed – Cooperativa Central (CNU) (Brazil)
Unimed do Brasil, Confederaçao Nacional das Cooperativas Médicas
Conseil Canadien de la Coopération et de la Mutualité (CCCM)
Asociación Colombiana de Cooperativas (ASCOOP)
Cooperativa Médica del Valle y Profesionales de Colombia (COOMEVA)
La Equidad Seguros (Columbia)
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito¨Grl. Francisco Bolognesi¨Ltda. (C.A.C. FB) (Peru)
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito “Dr. Manuel Zeno Gandía” (Puerto Rico)
Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico Inc.
Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Ltd. (IFFCO)
Korean National Federation of Fisheries Co-operatives (NFFC)
National Land Finance Co-operative Society Ltd. (Malaysia)
Vietnam Co-operative Alliance (VCA)
Central Co-operative Union (CCU) (Bulgaria)
SOK Corporation (Finland)
National Association of Building Co-operatives Society Ltd. (NABCO) (Ireland)
Lithuanian Union of Co-operative Societies (LITCOOPUNION)
National Auditing Union of Workers’ Co-operatives (NAUWC) (Poland)
Fundación Espriu (Spain)
Riksbyggen (Co-operative Housing Union) (Sweden)
Central Union of Consumer Societies of Ukraine (UKOOPSPILKA)
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)
As you can see, support has come in from every part of the world. Of course, additional contributions are welcome, and needed! If you are so inclined, please let me know and we can get you details. Thank you!