Our team supports organizations committed to empowering their communities.

Our services illuminate and catalyze equity and democracy through our:

Expert partners

Supporting purpose-driven organizations

Flexible approach

Tailoring proven strategies around your goals

Connected team

Working together to empower community

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Outfitting organizations for enduring impact

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Together, our consultants help you operate better, so your impact is greater. The sole mission of our team is to outfit your community for sustainable success. Within this team, each Columinate consultant is uniquely equipped to maximize your organization’s success. This collective structure allows you to benefit from the combined expertise of the Columinate team: you get access to decades of proven experience that transcends community size, sector, and location.

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Together, we all go further

When you work with Columinate, you benefit from the support of our entire organization. Our team of consultants are committed to serving not only their individual clients, but also to support their fellow consultants in their own engagements. They share resources, provide referrals, and lending counsel in times of uncertainty.

Together we’re able to provide expertise that transcends sector and location, from natural foods co-ops and independent retailers to growing enterprises across renewable energy and banking. Our strength is multiple perspectives aligning around a singular objective — to help purpose-driven organizations thrive.

  • Startup Support
  • Grow Your Business
  • Cultivate Your Community
  • Develop Your Leaders
  • Workplace Culture
  • Improve Operations


Part of cultivating community is leveraging your resources–people, funds, and knowledge.

Whether you’re starting a co-op, brushing up on best practices, researching an upcoming grant, or sharing on social media, you know that the words of others can help light the way forward. In our library, you’ll find the words of expert partners–many of them, Columinate consultants.

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Your mission drives you. And your mission drives us.

We know what it takes to serve cooperatives because we are one. Our experience and success in the co-op space has allowed us to expand into serving other purpose-driven organizations as well.

Columinate consultants, co-op boards, and GMs have been working together to meet the needs of co-ops and other organizations via the Cooperative Board Leadership Program for 15 years! Our board support programming provides new tools, resources, and connections to the co-op and governance community.

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We are expert partners with a flexible approach designed around your goals. Contact a consultant, peruse our library, attend an event, or contact us for a customized plan. Take the first step toward saving your time, energy, and resources for the work that matters most.

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If your mission is the common good, your win is our win.

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Catalysts for Common Good

Sharing strategies, tools, and skills to help organizations like yours build and empower community

Supporting Organizations That Empower Communities

In moments of change, you need a clear path to move forward and the clarity and confidence to do so. This requires a partner who understands your work, shares your mission, and knows how to accelerate change and drive progress.

We are Columinate

Catalysts for Common Good

Expert Partners

Who support co-ops & purpose driven organizations

Flexible Approach

Tailoring proven strategies around your goals

Connected Team

Working together to empower community

Sustainable Success

Outfitting organizations for enduring impact

Expertise Where It Matters

Our network of consultants share resources, provide referrals, and lend counsel to move you and your organization forward. Whatever your focus, Columinate will prepare your organization to make an impact close to home and around the world.

Startup Support

Whether you’re growing your organization or a startup, Columinate supports you at each stage.

Columinate supports the four cornerstones in a simple development model for startup co-ops and organizations. 

We recognize mission-driven organizations exist to build and maintain a support system that enables a faster and more effective startup process.

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We support startups through:

  • Feasibility and planning
  • Member outreach and orientation
  • Implementation

Grow Your Business

We grow stronger together, leveraging our combined resources as co-ops, community organizations and consultants. Organizations of any size or any stage benefit from Columinate consultants’ expertise, and as your business grows, so does Columinate’s support.

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We support organizations through:

  • Expansion readiness and alignment
  • Feasibility of your project
  • Planning and building capacity

Cultivate Your Community

Columinate understands that building community is your competitive advantage.

Ownership is what distinguishes your organization from other businesses, which creates value. Our services help co-ops and mission-driven organizations build member investment and loyalty.  

When you cultivate community, members and employees will be inspired and motivated to be a part of your organizational mission.

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We support organizations through:

  • Member/ownership program
  • Membership development
  • Equity requirements and structure

Develop Your Leaders

High-performing organizations are focused on engaging and nurturing their leadership.

Your organizational leadership impacts all aspects of your business relationships, including staff, board of directors and members.

Columinate will help you hire the right person you need to achieve your goals. Our coaching program supports staff engagement and accountability, along with improving long term leadership capabilities.

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We support organizations through:

  • Leadership coaching and development
  • Hiring talent
  • Mentoring
  • Board governance and Cooperative Board Leadership support

Build Workplace Culture

Employees and members thrive with a strong organizational culture.

The key to any successful organization is to have a culture based on a shared set of beliefs that are supported by strategy, operational structure and leadership.

Columinate can help develop a tailored solution, designed to foster culture and promote workplace engagement.

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We support organizations through:

  • Team engagement
  • Custom training programs
  • Owner engagement

Improve Operations

Strengthening your current operations is essential when planning for growth. Columinate helps organizations create extraordinary member experiences, all designed to drive strong financial performance.

Columinate is here to assist your organization in creating a memorable experience for your members. In addition to merchandising and promotions, our services address operational activities that can build profitability and capacity.

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We support organizations through:

  • Product development
  • Labor management
  • Governance

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In our library, you’ll find a wealth of free resources to help you address your most pressing questions.

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