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Programs: What We Do


The Ralph K. Morris Foundation is a nonprofit corporation which provides development opportunities for emerging leaders expressing interest in applying and advancing the principles of cooperation, and in promoting farmland preservation, land stewardship and sustainability.


Provides financial support to help cover costs associated with training, professional development and educational programs for young leaders interested in the future of cooperatives and rural communities.

This Fund provides financial support to graduate students or law school students enrolled in an agricultural cooperative program or that can demonstrate how their field of study would relate to or benefit the agricultural cooperative industry.

The Rod Nilsestuen Legacy Program at UW River Falls commemorates Rod’s achievements and sustains his legacy. The Program’s mission is to encourage creative thinking, research, education and outreach in the areas of cooperative business and development, wise rural land use and leadership.

The Tom Lyon Leadership Symposium is the foundations flagship event and is highlighted by an announcement of the Elroy Webster Cooperative Studies Scholarship recipients, as well as guest speakers and foundation updates each year.  

The Land and Water Conservation Stewardship Program

The Land and Water Conservation Stewardship Program at the UW Stevens Point highlights the foundations commitment to cooperative leaders as stewards of the land and water.  

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