Coop 101

Groups of individuals around the world and throughout time have worked together in pursuit of common goals.  Examples of cooperation or collective action can be traced back to our prehistoric predecessors who recognized the advantages of hunting, gathering, and living in groups rather than on their own.  although the word cooperative can be applied to many different types of group activities  


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Cooperation 101

Cooperative Identity to the group lecture-style, instead of facilitating pair conversations in the “Coops In Theory” section. In doing this, you don’t need to describe each Value and Principle individually, but, instead, explore one or two in greater detail.

Factors Critical to the Success or Failure

Cooperatives play an important role in America's agricultural economy. However, the failure rate among new cooperatives is often high and, moreover, situations where cooperatives could benefit fanners may sometimes go unrecognized. This study was undertaken to provide a guide to the types of economic conditions in which cooperatives can be beneficial and to set forth the key organizational, financial, and operational features to developing a successful cooperative.

Seven Cooperative Principles

Seven Cooperative Principles 1 page chart

An Introduction to Cooperatives

This report provides a comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business. It covers the nature and extent of the use of cooperatives, compares cooperatives to other business structures, explains the roles various people play in a cooperative, and discusses equity accumulation and income taxation. The purpose is to make available, in a single report, the information someone would need to acquire a general understanding of how cooperatives function.

Chapter Affiliation Agreement

The sample Chapter Affiliation Agreements are provided by associations. The documents may help in preparing, comparing and contrasting chapter agreements in other associations.

Relative Advantage Of Cooperatives

Cooperatives have been very successful in many countries. In Denmark there has been a continuous process of mergers leading to ever larger cooperatives.

The Agency For Cooperative Housing

In the 1995 federal budget the government said it was transferring Administration responsibilities for its housing programs to the provinces. The government also said it would look at a role for third parties in overseeing these programs

The Story of the Capper- Volstead Act

The Capper-Volstead Act provides a limited exemption from antitrust liability for agricultural producers who market the products they produce on a cooperative basis. Without Capper-Volstead, farmers who agree among them selves on the prices they 'll accept for their products and other terms of trade would risk being held in violation of antitrust law.

A Guide To Coops

A co-op is a business that is owned and controlled by its members. The members can be its customers, employees, residents or suppliers. Profits are shared between people who have a stake and a say in how the co-op is run, not distant investors or shareholders looking to make a quick buck.

The State of Shared-Equity Homeownership

Resident owned Communities are neighborhood of manufactured homes where the plots of land better known as pads are owned cooperatively by a community of residents rather then an outside landloard.


A housing cooperative can be a high rise apartment building, a garden-style apartment, a townhouse, a single-family home, a senior housing complex, or a manufactured home park. A housing cooperative forms when people come together to own and control the buildings they live in. They form a cooperative corporation, and pay a monthly amount to cover operating expenses.

Housing Beyond and Within The Market

Indeed our first key finding is that such cooperatives exist - and do so in astonishing range of locations, ages sizes and build forms, initiated by diverse actors toward a variety of goals .

Co-operative Housing Around the World

ICA Housing is a sectoral organization of the International Cooperative Alliance. It was established to promote the development of co-operative housing in all countries, and in particular developing countries, as an economic and social contribution to the problem of providing shelter. Our mission is to unite, represent and serve the international movement for co-operative and mutual self-help housing.

The Characteristics of Housing Cooperatives

Housing Cooperatives are a distinctive form of home ownership that has many characteristics that make it superior to other residential arrangements such as single family ownership, condominiums and renting.

A Practical Guide for Cooperative Success

This guide is designed for use by housing cooperative boards of directors, resident members and co-op partners. It defines what a cooperative is, highlights the history of the cooperative movement, explains how co-ops are managed and governed, explores what co-op members can do to recognize and weed out problems early on and provides guidelines that allow the best elements of cooperative living to take root and grow.

Housing Cooperative Overview

A housing cooperative is formed when people join with each other on a democratic basis to own or control the housing and/or related community facilities in which they live. Usually they do this by forming a not-for-profit cooperative corporation. Each month they simply pay an amount that covers their share of the operating expenses of their cooperative corporation. Personal income tax deductions, lower turnover rates, lower real estate tax assessments (in some local areas), controlled maintenance costs, and resident participation and control are some of the benefits of choosing cooperative homeownership.

The ABCs of Co-op Impact

Today’s economic climate is marked by growing insecurity in the face of structural changes to work, benefits, and business ownership. Small business start-ups are at their all-time lows, and entrepreneurship is lower among millennials than previous generations at those same ages

Advising People About Cooperatives

A cooperative is a user-owned and user-controlled business from which benefits are derived and distributed equitably on the basis of use. Each year, income received from providing goods and services to members, less expenses and reasonable reserve, is returned to members on the basis of the value or quantity of business transacted with the cooperative. People form cooperatives to obtain services that they cannot get as economically, efficiently, or effectively as individuals. The cooperative provides a structure within which people can voluntarily act or operate by joining resources physical or mental, man-made or natural, and material, including financial-to achieve an end.

Is it a co-operative?

You might have worked out that the scenarios above can be interpreted in a number of ways, both as co-operatives and not as co-operatives. Some businesses can run in co-operative ways, but not have the organisational structure of a co-operative. Others may be co-operatives but have business aims that seem more like other types of companies.

Cooperative Information Report

From early in the development of commercial agriculture in the United States, farmers have used cooperatives to market their commodities and buy farm inputs. This report presents an overview of cooperatives performing these activities. More detailed reports are available on cooperatives handling each of the major farm products and farm supplies.

Cooperatives principles and Practices In The 21st Century

Groups of individuals around the world and throughout time have worked together in pursuit of common goals

The 7 Cooperative Principles

The 7 Cooperative Principles 1 Page chart

Stable Home Ownership in a Turbulent Economy:

The study examined mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates among the owner-occupants of resale-restricted houses and condominiums in community land trusts (CLTs) across the United States and compared CLT results to rates of delinquency and foreclosure among the owneroccupants of conventional market-rate housing reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey (MBA). The study also explored practices and policies of CLTs that may help to explain their better performance.

Structure Of Cooperatives

Cooperatives exist in nearly every business sector and are organized in a variety of ways. Like other businesses in our economy, they range in size from organizations with only a few member-owners to massive and complex organizations with Thousands of member-owners. The way a cooperative is organized determines how it is operated, managed, and controlled by its members, and the types of bene-fits offered.

The Nature of the Cooperative

These 10 collected articles by USDA Rural Development agricultural economist Charles Ling were originally printed in Rural Cooperatives magazine to examine the nature of cooperatives and their place in our free-market economy. “Essential Economic Roles of Farmer Cooperatives” (Published in the Nov./Dec. 2013 issue) summarizes the essence of this work.

Cooperative Theory: New Approaches

This report contains nine papers on cooperative theory relating to operations, market behavior, decisionmaking, finance, and other aspects of farmer cooperation. These papers were written as part of an ACS project intended to stimulate research and thinking on practical aspects of cooperative theory. This report does not represent an exhaustive theory of cooperatives, but presents new approaches to thinking on several topics. In addition to answering some questions, these papers ask others in an attempt to encourage more thought.

Co-operative Values and Principles

Co-operative Values and Principles Chart

The cooperative way of doing business

Cooperative enterprises have one billion members worldwide, help secure the livelihoods of an estimated three billion people and provide more than 100 million jobs. While cooperatives, like all enterprises, need to be competitive in the market, they follow a broader set of values than those associated purely with making a profit.

A Guide To Starting A Cooperative

Our vision of a cooperative economy is of an inter-dependent dense network of enterprises and institutions that allow us to meet our needs through principled democratic ownership, and that care for the community, combat injustice and inequity and promote conscious self governance

Cooperatives for Sustainable Communities

The contents of this book are based on a five-year Community-University Research Alliance titled Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network. With Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada as the principal investigator, it was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities

Co-operatives Ensure No-One Is Left Behind

At a time when income inequality is rising around the world, it is good to remember that solutions for inequality exist. The co-operative model is foremost among these. Its internationally agreed definition, principles and values set it apart from all other forms of entrepreneurial organizations. Those principles state that membership in a co-operative is open, without discrimination to all people who accept the requirements of membership.

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