Social responsibility and caring for others are important cooperative values. NCSC nurtures the cooperative community through its charitable contributions and support for cooperative education and international cooperative development.
The NCSC Board of Directors has allocated $80,400 in fiscal year 2017 for a Cooperative Youth Educational Fund to be used to assist statewide associations in promoting cooperative education to students in their states.
First approved in May 2009, the grant program was created to provide meaningful assistance to electric cooperative statewide organizations for their important missions of service and cooperative education. The funds can be used to cover the cost of the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., as well as other efforts—such as videos, training programs, camps and scholarships—to educate electric cooperative youth about the cooperative principles.
For more information or to receive a grant application, statewide associations should contact Mary Townsend at 800-424-2954.
NCSC has contributed almost $1 million to the NRECA International Foundation to assist in the electrification of developing countries. NCSC’s contributions are helping to energize homes and improve service reliability in Haiti, train linemen, improve reliability and extend power lines in Guatemala and support cooperative development in the Dominican Republic.
NCSC’s board concluded that a larger contribution to one organization would be a more effective way to support cooperative education and development than smaller contributions to many organizations. It chose the NRECA International Foundation because of its reputation for helping those without access to electricity and its commitment to support the cooperative business model.
Created in 1985, the International Foundation encourages the formation of contacts and long-term relationships between U.S. electric cooperatives and communities in developing countries. Its electrification programs have increased agriculture productivity, created jobs, increased income and improved the quality of life in rural communities in more than 40 countries.
NCSC and CFC also offer employees the opportunity to participate directly in activities that support the local community.
Adopt a Family
Employees can contribute funds, matched by CFC, through payroll deduction to Adopt a Family, an employee-owned foundation. Each quarter, the foundation partners with Northern Virginia Family Services to provide a working family in crisis due to illness, job loss or other emergency with the resources needed to recover from the event.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
NCSC is a partner in CFC's efforts to support research and education to find a cure for blood related cancers commonly referred to as leukemia and lymphoma through its support of the Washington-area chapter for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.