Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan's Co-ops Need Your Help

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is accepting donations to help Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japan is home to a wide variety of cooperatives, many of which have been instrumental in supporting co-ops around the world. We have a chance to help them at their time of greatest need.

If you would like to make a contribution to the CDF and assist cooperatives throughout the affected area recover from this disaster, you can do so through any of the following methods:

1. At our cash registers, simply tell the cashier that you would like to make a donation to the CDF’s Japanese recovery effort.
2. Visit cdf.coop and use the Google Checkout Cart on the right-hand column.
3. Send a check to the Cooperative Development Foundation at 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22202 (please make sure to note that it is for Tsunami Recovery in Japan.)

100% of your donations—which are completely tax-deductible—will go towards the recovery!

It’s obviously too early to know how severe the impact will be on cooperatives, but it’s important to be ready to contribute as early as possible. As the CDF has done in the past, their recovery funds will be directed to co-op recovery, not immediate disaster relief.

The CDF doesn’t compete with the Unicefs of the world, rather they are focused on the recovery after those fine organizations have gone in to deal with the immediate relief requirements.

We thank you for your support and cooperation during these difficult times.
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