Cooperative Governance Research Initiative Media Toolkit

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Cooperative Governance Research Initiative. The resources below can help you promote this important research. Please contact UWCC’s Outreach Specialist Megan Webster (mawebster@wisc.edu) with any questions.

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[INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME HERE] to participate in National Cooperative Governance Research

Strong governance is essential in cooperatives’ success in realizing social, environmental, and economic impacts. However, there is no research that systematically examines governance of U.S. cooperatives across sectors and over time. The Cooperative Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) will begin to fill this critical knowledge gap in 2021 by gathering key cooperative governance data that empowers cooperatives of all types to reflect upon and improve their governance structures, processes, and culture.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives is launching CGRI with generous seed funding from CoBank and the Cooperative Development Foundation along with technical support from a volunteer Advisory Committee made up of representatives from across the co-op community. As a proud member of the CGRI Advisory Committee, [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME HERE] is committed to ensuring the research is timely, rigorous, and relevant to [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S SECTOR/INDUSTRY HERE] cooperatives in the real world.

As a mixed methods study, CGRI will involve online surveys of a diverse sample of cooperatives and follow-up interviews with a small group of respondents. All data collected will remain confidential and no individual cooperative will be identifiable in the final results. The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives will share findings through information and tools that help cooperatives benchmark, reflect on, and improve their governance practices.

Cooperative leaders that have been selected to participate will receive additional information by email in late summer 2021. In the meantime, you can learn more about CGRI at https://uwcc.wisc.edu/cooperative-governance-research-initiative/ or by contacting [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME HERE]’s representative on the CGRI Advisory Committee, [INSERT ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE NAME HERE], at [INSERT ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE EMAIL HERE].

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Strong governance is essential for #coops to be successful. Learn more about @CenterforCoops Cooperative #Governance Research Initiative and participate this fall! https://go.wisc.edu/o4r738

Ever wonder how your #coop board compares to other boards? @CenterforCoops will be gathering key governance data this fall. Learn more about the Cooperative #Governance Research Initiative https://go.wisc.edu/o4r738

Hashtags: #cooperativeresearch, #gocoop, #governance, #coops

Strong governance is essential for #coops to be successful. Learn more about @UWCenterforCoops Cooperative #Governance Research Initiative and participate this fall! https://go.wisc.edu/o4r738

How long does your cooperative board meet? Who sets the agenda? How much prep time do directors get to review materials before the board meeting? Ever wonder how your cooperative board compares to other boards? So do we!!!! Be part of an exciting research initiative that will examine just those questions for all types and sectors of cooperatives. Learn more about the @UWCenterforCoops Cooperative #Governance Research Initiative https://go.wisc.edu/o4r738

Strong governance is essential for #coops to be successful. Learn more about @UWCenterforCoops Cooperative #Governance Research Initiative and participate this fall! https://go.wisc.edu/o4r738

How long does your cooperative board meet? Who sets the agenda? How much prep time do directors get to review materials before the board meeting? Ever wonder how your cooperative board compares to other boards? So do we!!!! Be part of an exciting research initiative that will examine just those questions for all types and sectors of cooperatives. Learn more about the @UWCenterforCoops Cooperative #Governance Research Initiative https://go.wisc.edu/o4r738