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Co-operative League of America

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Co-operative League of America

National Cooperative Business Association
Type Cooperative federation
Founded 1916 (1916)
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Area served United States
Key people Michael Beall, president and CEO
Employees 500

Founded in 1916 as the Cooperative League of the United States of America, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is a United States membership organization for cooperatives, businesses that are jointly-owned and democratically-controlled.

The league's founding president was medical doctor James Peter Warbasse, who served in that role until 1941.[1] Thereafter, the league's presidents included Murray B. Lincoln, former U.S. Congressman Jerry Voorhis, Stanley Dreyer, Glenn Anderson, Morgan Williams, Bob Scherer, Russell C. Notar, Paul Hazen, and currently Michael Beall.

In its first few decades, it focused on consumer cooperation, and published a monthly magazine, Co-operation.

In 1922, it originated and trademarked the twin pines symbol used to represent North American cooperatives.

In 2000 the group successfully lobbied the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to establish a new top-level domain exclusively for business cooperatives. The domain, .coop, became active in 2002.

NCBA members include some well-known United States consumer brands, such as Ace Hardware, True Value, Florida's Natural, Cabot Creamery, Organic Valley, and Land O'Lakes.


  1. ^ "Dr. James Peter Warbasse (1866–1957)". Cooperative Hall of Fame. Washington DC: Cooperative Development Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

External links

  • Official site
  • magazineCo-operation facsimile archive, 1921–1947
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