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What is the Co-op Hall of Fame?

Cooperative Hall of Fame Gala - Jason Di

Induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame is the highest honor that the U.S. cooperative community bestows on the extraordinary men and women who have made genuinely heroic contributions in support of the cooperative form of enterprise.


The stories of those on the Cooperative Hall of Fame roster demonstrate that there is no single path to induction in the Cooperative Hall of Fame.


The roster – present and future – is a place for individuals with widely differing experiences and from all cooperative sectors:


  • Some are volunteers, while others are public officials or leaders of cooperative organizations

  • Some are honored at the end of their careers or posthumously, while others are honored at the mid-points of their careers with years of service and accomplishment ahead of them

  • Some are working locally or regionally and others are working nationally or internationally

What they all have in common is a belief in the cooperative idea and a track record of accomplishments that have benefited the cooperative community. Individually and collectively, they have enhanced and advanced cooperative enterprises, empowered people through their association with cooperatives, and contributed to the broader acceptance of the cooperative model in the United States and around the world. We are honored to have them as members of the Cooperative Hall of Fame.


If you are considering nominating someone for induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, please read all documents and contact the Cooperative Development Foundation at 202-442-2302 before proceeding. The Cooperative Hall of Fame is a year-long process of nomination, selection, fundraising, logistics, and induction.  


Nominations to the Cooperative Hall of fame may be submitted by organizations or individuals. All nominations must be signed.


The information provided should not exceed ten (10) pages, typed and double spaced, excluding this nomination form and the letters of endorsement.


Nominations and letters of endorsement for the 2025 Cooperative Hall of Fame must be received at the office of the Cooperative Development Foundation by 5:00 p.m. EST on September 2, 2024. Nominations and letters received after the deadline will be considered for induction in 2026. Nominations and letters should be e-mailed to:


Cooperative Hall of Fame Selection Committee
Cooperative Development Foundation

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