Coop Benefits

Cooperatives can operationalize these ABCs and measure their effects in different ways depending on the needs of the communities they serve and specifications of their business model. Metrics allow for comparison between two groups or two points in time to illuminate the impact of cooperatives in comparison with a counterfactual or baseline measurement. Cooperatives can develop metrics based on the ABCs to best measure their work compared with noncooperative business competitors or show their impact on a local community and economy. An agricultural purchasing cooperative’s approach to business sustainability and civic participation would, for example, look different from a limited equity housing cooperative in a large city—but both can achieve success in the seven ABCs.


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The ABCs of Co-op Impact

In the face of these challenges, local, state, and national policy and practice leaders are searching for more satisfying and sustainable models of work and business. One established model that is attracting renewed attention is cooperatively owned businesses. Cooperatives exist in a diverse set of sectors, offering alternatives to traditional shareholder- or proprietor-owned business structures.

Temporary Rental Assistance

When the household has both income from social assistance with a shelter component and income from another source, the rent-geared-to-income level

10 Common Benefits

There are probably as many ways to work with dashboards to realize these benefits of critical thinking and board engagement as there are board members. The following are 10 common ways that have proven in practice to be valuable


The Co-op is fully mutual and because all members are part of the governing body then all members come fall under the requirements of Schedule

Coops as Tools

During this activity, participants will read through stories about different cooperatives. Participants will reflect on and discuss the stories with one another as they practice identifying the needs present in a community, in order to understand “why” people start cooperatives.

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