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9th May, 2018

Capital Campaign Funding Builds Expansion Momentum

By |2022-01-18T10:22:28-05:00May 9th, 2018|

The town of Astoria, Oregon has a strong independent streak. While other nearby areas are overrun with chain stores, their town has not sustained that level of attention or development. That doesn’t mean the 10,000 people who live there don’t want nice amenities, efficiency and convenience. The difference is that they are willing to create those opportunities for development from within their own community.

7th Apr, 2022

What to Know About Owner Capital Campaigns

By |2022-04-07T12:55:46-04:00April 7th, 2022|

Raising capital is especially important for cooperatives, which don’t have a typical ownership structure that banks or lenders are used to. Mobilizing the co-op’s membership to raise funds through an owner capital campaign can be an excellent strategy.

25th Jan, 2018

Is An Owner Capital Campaign Right For Your Co-op?

By |2022-03-22T11:23:35-04:00January 25th, 2018|

It seems like many co-ops are either in the middle of, just finished, or are about to start a project. And all of those projects need adequate capital to be successful. Raising money from co-op owners has become a standard component of project capitalization and the amounts co-ops are raising has been growing.

11th Feb, 2016

Planning a Member/Owner Capital Campaign

By |2019-09-09T19:16:35-04:00February 11th, 2016|

Capital campaigns can be a very important part of an expansion project - serving as a healthy test of member support.  Will your members be willing to make a sizable at-risk investment because they believe in the co-op, its leadership and the benefits of the proposed expansion? Offering investment opportunities is also another benefit you can offer to your members. The planning phase of [...]

5th Dec, 2017

Cooperative Business Law Basics: A Primer on Organizational Structure and Capitalization Options

By |2019-09-07T01:38:52-04:00December 5th, 2017|

By Thane Joyal, Dave Swanson Change in the market, change in the world, can mean stress in the relationships within a cooperative as the organization adapts to the changing circumstances. Both having the right organizational structure and choosing the right vehicles to capitalize your co-op are important in making your cooperative responsive and resilient in the face of change. But their technical and legal [...]

1st Mar, 2013

Deliver the Benefits of Co-op Capitalization to Owners

By |2019-09-10T15:57:14-04:00March 1st, 2013|

Our culture has a lot of beliefs about money that range from its worship to seeing it as the root of all evil. Food cooperatives especially have been historically conflicted about capital, once seeing it as the cause of destructive economic practices, to the point that raising money was once practically shunned. This left many cooperatives under-capitalized and some of them had to close [...]

15th Mar, 2007

Capitalization Strategies for New Co-ops

By |2019-09-09T22:50:27-04:00March 15th, 2007|

By Bill Gessner 129 march - april - 2007 Where we gonna get the grubstake? The 300 food co-op stores in the United States, owned by more than 400,000 consumers, face the continuing challenge of building capital if they are going to continue to grow and develop to serve their members and communities. As much as we might want to ignore this challenge, co-ops [...]

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