University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

Co-op Alphabet Soup

by Karen Zimbelman and Louis Doering

Assocication of Co-operative Educators, Fall 1998 Newsletter, pp. 11-12.


Acronyms – words formed from the initial letters of other words or names – are an inescapable part of life in business. Naturally, the cooperative movement is similarly best with acronyms, which can be mysterious and bewildering to newcomers and veterans alike.

Co-op educators, especially, are in a position of needing to sort through the world of acronyms on behalf of their constitutions – members, directors, colleagues, or whomever. Here’s a list of frequently used acronyms submitted by ACE members to help you sort through this complex and many-faceted world. Now, when someone says they’ve been working with "CDF," you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about – or will you?

Please feel free to send additions and/or corrections. Apologies in advance for any acronyms we may have missed.

ACDI/VOCA

Formerly: Agricultural Cooperative Development International/ Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance

ACE

Association of Cooperative Educators

ACULE

Association of Credit Union League Executives

ACUTE

Association of Credit Union Training and Education

AID

Agency for International Development (US)

ASAE

American Society of Association Executives

BCCCU

BC Central Credit Union

CARE

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere

CASC

Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation

CBI

Cooperative Business International

CBJ

Cooperative Business Journal (published by NCBA)

CCA

Canadian Co-operative Association

Cooperative Communicators Association

CCCS

Canadian Cooperative Credit Society, now known as CUCC.

CCMA

Consumer Cooperative Management Association

CDCL

Cooperative Development Corporation, Limited (Canada)

CDF

Cooperative Development Foundation (US)

Cooperative Development Foundation (Canada)

CDI

Cooperative Development Institute

CDIC

Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation

CDS

Cooperative Development Services

CDSL

Co-operators Data Services, Limited

CFA

Consumer Federation of America

CFC

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation

CGIN

Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network

CHF

Cooperative Housing Foundation

CHS

Cenex Harvest States

CIDA

Canadian International Development Agency

CLUSA

Cooperative League of USA (former name of NCBA)

CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CO ACT

Cooperative Action for Congressional Trust (NCBA’s political action committee)

COPAC

Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives

CRI

Cooperative Resources International

CUC

Credit Union Central (usually refers to provincial groups)

CUCC

Credit Union Central of Canada (formerly CCCS)

CUDGC

Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (aka CUDIC)

CUES

Credit Union Executives Society

CUIC

Credit Union Institutes of Canada

CUIS

Credit Union Insurance Services (joint venture of CUMIS and the Cooperators)

CUNA

Credit Union National Association

CUMIS

CUNA Mutual Insurance Society

FCA

Farm Credit Administration

FCC

Farm Credit Union

FSC

Federation of Southern Cooperatives

ICA

International Co-operative Alliance

Industrial Cooperative Alliance (aka "The ICA Group")

IIC

Iowa Institute of Cooperation

LOL

Land O’Lakes

KCC

Kansas Co-op Council

MAC

Minnesota Association of Cooperatives

MSI

Mutual Service Insurance

MOCA

Marketing Our Cooperative Advantage

MRECA

Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative Association

NAFCU

National Association of Federal Credit Unions

NAHC

National Association of Housing Cooperatives

NASCO DS

North American Students of Cooperation Development Services

NCB

National Cooperative Bank

NCBA

National Cooperative Business Association

NDBDC

National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation

NCDF

Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund

NCFC

National Council of Farmer Cooperative

NCUA

National Credit Union Administration

NCUSIF

National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (US)

NFCDCU

National Federation of Community Development Credit Union

NFU

National Farmers Union

NICE

National Institute for Cooperative Education

NMPF

National Milk Producers Federation

NRECA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

NRTC

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative

NSAC

National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives

NTCA

National Telephone Cooperative Association

NWCF

Northwest Cooperative Federation

OCDC

Overseas Cooperative Development Council

PSDF

Puget Sound Development Foundation

QBCC

Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives

REI

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

RBCD

Rural Business & Cooperative Development Services (USDA)

SUSTAIN

Sharing United States Technology to Aid in the Improvement of Nutrition

TCF

The Cooperative Foundation

UCA

United Co-op Appeal

USAID

United States Agency for International Development

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

UWCC

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

WFC

Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives

WOCCU

World Council of Credit Unions

WWCC

Western Worker Co-op Conference


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