member benefit

Give Where You Live: Impact of a Cooperative Community Fund

By Patricia Cumbie 175 November-December 2014 When cooperatives work together to set aside funds to benefit groups in their local communities, the impact is multiplied. That’s what food cooperatives have discovered when they have established their own cooperative community fund through the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation’s “Give Where You Live” campaign. The funds typically start with a food co-op investing $5,000, and its investment [...]

Democracy: Creating Equitable Member Benefits

Open Harvest Lincoln, Neb. Open Harvest is a medium-sized food co-op in an older mixed neighborhood in Lincoln, Neb. They have strong support for the co-op in their area, and have 2,800 members. Yet one of the things holding them back is that the discounts they currently offer members are draining their coffers. Despite good sales, the co-op struggles to make a profit. [...]

Communicating “Co-op”

By Peg Nolan, Patricia Cumbie 103 November - December - 2002 Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit. It's part and parcel of the big picture of cooperation. But what's also true is how little many members themselves actually understand it. This is due to two basic [...]

Building and Improving Membership Programs

By Karen Zimbelman, Marilyn Scholl 080 January - February - 1999 Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve the needs of its members. But members provide more than a co-op's reason for being. They provide the capital, the patronage, [...]