Search results for: capital campaign



13th Apr, 2021

What We Do

By |2021-07-07T11:52:45-04:00April 13th, 2021|

Catalysts for Common Good  –  Sharing strategies, tools, and skills to help organizations like yours build and empower community.  Our work is adaptive and ever-evolving to best meet the needs of today's communities, but we remain grounded in cooperative values, self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.We are on a journey together. Columinate is building a culture where difference [...]

22nd Jul, 2018

Using Marketing to Build Success: Making Cooperative Ownership and Governance Real

By |2019-09-09T15:37:22-04:00July 22nd, 2018|

By Rebecca Torpie, Thane Joyal 196 May-June 2018  What does it mean to be an owner of a consumer cooperative? At the most fundamental level, cooperative ownership means that we are in business together. And for the owners of a cooperative that is under substantial market pressure (and what business isn’t?), everything the business does needs to match the needs and aspirations of the community that [...]

17th Mar, 2017

Board Communication: Using the Board’s Unique Perspective to Increase Owner Engagement and Participation

By |2021-05-19T11:42:51-04:00March 17th, 2017|

There’s commonly a remarkable diversity among how the members of a co-op’s board of directors and how co-op staff see and understand the co-op. And the perception of the myriad owner members are as distinct and individual as the members themselves.  And yet each group is holding a unique piece of wisdom about the cooperative. This field guide offers boards tools and resources to [...]

27th Sep, 2016

Video Field Guide: Membership Growth

By |2022-03-22T11:23:29-04:00September 27th, 2016|

Ben Sandel is a board leadership consultant and capital campaign expert working with startups and established co-ops helping them to reach their fundraising goals using best practices and clear planning gleaned from a multitude of successful fundraising efforts from food co-ops and startups nationwide. In this short presentation, Ben imparts some great top-level wisdom about how to plan and organize a successful campaign and [...]

31st Mar, 2016

Focus, Alignment, and Vision Around Ends

By |2019-09-06T23:42:34-04:00March 31st, 2016|

Steve Breckheimer, Board Member at Hendersonville Community Co-op in Hendersonville, NC describes two different versions of what alignment can look like and why alignment is so critical to Ends accomplishment. Then he tells a story of Hendersonville's successful engagement and outreach around a capital campaign to help grow their food co-op and impact.

30th Jan, 2016

Membership Growth Strategies for Startups: Common Features of Success

By |2019-09-09T19:20:41-04:00January 30th, 2016|

By Ben Sandel 182 January-February 2016 Gaining members quickly and efficiently is a major hurdle for most startup co-ops. A co-op is selling a dream when it has no store, minimal (if any) staff, and, when organizing in areas that don’t have other food co-ops, no credible examples to refer to. This can make membership growth slow and painful. Nevertheless, some startups have had [...]

1st Oct, 2015

Getting Started with Expansion Planning

By |2019-09-09T23:00:01-04:00October 1st, 2015|

By Bill Gessner 180 Sept-Oct 2015 Expansion projects for food co-ops fall somewhere between a labyrinth and a maze. With continuous improvement and development of best practices, expansion projects are moving closer to the one path of a labyrinth and further away from the messiness of a maze. We invite you to step into the expansion labyrinth. You will learn to navigate it through [...]

9th Sep, 2015

Amplify Cooperative Impact through Participation

By |2019-09-09T23:00:52-04:00September 9th, 2015|

The democratic structure of cooperatives allows people the opportunity to have a real influence on business goals and outcomes through their investment, patronage, feedback, and aspirations.  It’s one of the most defining features of cooperation, especially compared to other business models where social or environmental impact may be considered incidental.  In cooperatives, concern for community is one of our principles and purpose.  In 2012, [...]

2nd Jul, 2015

Board’s Role in Expansion Projects

By |2021-08-19T17:58:44-04:00July 2nd, 2015|

No matter what kind of expansion your co-op wants to do, there are always hurdles to be overcome.  Everyone has them, although some projects come with a unique set of challenges.  The Hendersonville Community Co-op in Hendersonville, North Carolina has had numerous locations and expansions in its 30+ year history, but their latest expansion going from 3,800 to 8,000 square feet, required a re-working [...]

3rd Jun, 2015

Board’s Role in Cooperative Growth

By |2019-09-09T17:06:21-04:00June 3rd, 2015|

Since River Valley Market in Northampton, Mass. opened seven years ago, the co-op has been in a continual growth cycle.  Current president of the board, Dorian Gregory, said that when the co-op opened they’d hoped it would be a success.  By all accounts, the cooperative has outstripped projections, and now she said, “The question for the board is what is our co-op’s vision for [...]

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