Reaching the Co-op’s Owners

By Patricia Cumbie 179 July-August 2015 Food cooperatives have a special relationship with their owners and customers, but even the best relationships need to be [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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Who’s Watching Member Labor in Retail Food Cooperatives?

By Thane Joyal 158 January - February - 2012 When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer [...]

Understanding Member Needs and Motivations

Membership is Ownership: The Cooperative Advantage

By Marilyn Scholl 136 may - june - 2008 Interest in food cooperatives is growing, due both to increased interest in local, natural, and organic [...]

Best practices of membership programs

Learn what cooperative ownership is all about. We will discuss how to set up ownership programs, member/owner benefits, and other best practices that have proven [...]

Best Practices for Membership Development

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 [...]

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 [...]

Seven Steps to a Successful Membership Drive

By Patricia Cumbie 064 May - June - 1996 The success or failure of your next membership drive hinges on more than signage, brochures and [...]