Bylaws Basics I + II

Board Discipline

In order to be effective in leading a retail food cooperative, a board must protect the integrity of its process.  Two keys to sound board [...]

Great Idea: Strengthening Co-op Through Bylaws Revision

You wouldn’t think a single document could have so much impact on a co-op’s culture or its bottom line, but the articles and bylaws of [...]

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Taking Care of Board Fundamentals

By Joel Kopischke 164 Jan-Feb 2013 As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. [...]

‘Fresh Start’ Bylaws Template

UPDATED: February 27, 2016 Bylaws are an important set of governing agreements in which the member-owners of a cooperative articulate the special dual relationship they [...]

Bylaws basics

How Do We Know If  We Have the Bylaws We Need? To meet our needs, bylaws must allow for smooth functioning of the coop's internal [...]

Why Rehash the Old When You Can Start New? Try Fresh Start Bylaws

It is the duty of boards to keep the co-op’s bylaws up to date on behalf of the membership, yet board members sometimes feel it [...]

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Legal Primer for Formation of Consumer-Owned Food Cooperatives


Legal issues for new co-ops

Learning objectives: the options and recommendations for food cooperative legal structure the timing and steps of legal organization the purpose and role of legal documents [...]