This is one of the most important Departments of the Foundation, and it is under the supervision of a Director, Cooperatives and Community Wealth Development.


  • Develops cooperatives in communities and entrepreneurialism in rurally based individuals and enterprises through the processes of individual or group mentoring, direct professional assistance and guided practice. The development and sharing of knowledge and skills to support entrepreneurship also forms an important part of this Department.
  • This Department has the responsibility to identify and develop local workshops, seminars and regional forums focused on business opportunity and business development. It assists local communities to identify and compete for grant opportunities that are relevant to local business development and employment growth. The Director-CCWD works towards developing school programs for youth entrepreneurs and assisting local communities to identify and compete for grant opportunities. The Director-CCWD works with start-ups but also will need to provide services to growth-orientated entrepreneurs.