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Video Field Guide: Membership Growth

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 [...]

Connecting the Dots: Strategic Board Leadership in Action

By Thane Joyal 185 July-Aug 2016   The future is unknowable. Or is it?  Courageous leadership relies in large measure on wise choices. In his [...]

Planning a Member/Owner Capital Campaign

Capital campaigns can be a very important part of an expansion project - serving as a healthy test of member support.  Will your members be [...]

Cooperative Communication Conundrums: Exploring paths to alignment and healing when a cooperative encounters controversy

By Thane Joyal 179 July-August 2015 To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human [...]

Why Equity is Part of the Co-op Difference

Seward Co-op's GM, Sean Doyle, has a passion for finances, and he's here to share his passion with you! Sean discusses some unique lending avenues [...]

Case Study: East Aurora Cooperative Market—Benefits of 4 in 3 Model to Launch Startup

From September-October 2014 East Aurora Cooperative Market East Aurora, NY Year founded and incorporated: 2010 Number of members: 910 Equity investment: $200 Opening goal: Spring [...]

By |September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , , |

Preparing for Your Capital Campaign

People’s Expands: A Tale of Two Co-ops

Michelle Schry, General Manager People's Food Cooperative, LaCrosse, WI & Rochester, MN   Learn about the process, the challenges, and the triumphs of the unique "merger" [...]

Member Loan Campaigns Realize Common Good

River Valley Market, Northampton, Mass. www.rivervalleymarket.coop River Valley Market in Northampton, Mass. is celebrating its sixth anniversary, and has long been a model of food [...]

By |May 2nd, 2014|Categories: Connections|Tags: |

Preferred Shares: Capitalizing Expansion

Steve Maviglio, Vice President Sacramento Natural Foods, Sacramento, CA   Learn about the Sacramento Co-ops recent success capitalizing a large expansion project using Preferred Shares. Steve [...]

RVM: A Story of Community + Success

Rochelle Prunty, General Manager River Valley Market, Northampton, MA   Hear about the River Valley Market's 5-year young journey from startup to profitability, along with [...]

When the Working Capital Runs Dry

Grow Your Co-op: Know your sources of capital

Deliver the Benefits of Co-op Capitalization to Owners

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 [...]

Reinvigorate Your Cooperative Culture

Over the years we’ve seen retail grocery competition intensify and food co-ops have upped their game with fresh storefronts and great customer service. Likewise, retail [...]

By |January 30th, 2013|Categories: Solutions|Tags: |

Harrisonburg’s Friendly New Neighbor

By Ben Sandel 156 September - October - 2011 PDF download of article: pdf of article In March 2006, about 30 people came to a [...]

Secure Resources, Financing During Down Economy

At this time in our nation’s history the word “economy” is synonymous with hard times. Over the past year we’ve encountered more than enough examples [...]

Case Study: Linden Hills Co-op: Reaching Member Loan Goals

Linden Hills Co-op Minneapolis, Minnesota Year founded: 1976 Number of members: 5,200 Equity investment:$80 per household Number of staff: 75 Current retail square footage:5,300 New [...]

By |March 31st, 2010|Categories: Case Studies, Solutions|Tags: |

Capitalizing your co-op

What are the various ways to capitalize your co-op? What factors should you consider? How can you implement a plan to achieve the various sources [...]

Capital Campaign Workbook

UPDATED: March 2016