Organizations that support co-op houses
Technical and financial assistance
- The Co-operative Fund of New England is a wonderful local resource
for Boston-area co-ops. They describe themselves as "a community
development loan fund that is a bridge between socially
responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits,
and worker-owned businesses in New England (and parts of New York)."
What this means is that they can help your co-op receive and manage
low-interest loans for property purchases and other needs. Their
website lists even more co-op resources.
- Boston Community Co-operatives is a Boston gem. BCC describes itself
as an "umbrella organization to provide
infrastructure to housing cooperatives. ... BCC aims to own multiple
cooperatives, and to eliminate duplication of energy to allow the
group-equity cooperative housing sector to expand and serve more
people. BCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit that currently owns one house — Seedpod,
a 12 bedroom house located near Field’s Corner in Boston. We are
currently talking with other coops in the Boston area about joining
forces, and hope in the next few years to expand to multiple houses."
- North American Students of Co-operation, in their words, "acts to
link group equity cooperatives, primarily but not solely in the
housing sector, and sees as its most important goal the improvement of
operations through mutual aid and support. NASCO provides numerous
opportunities for member co-ops to improve their operations through
learning from other cooperatives. These linking opportunities include
the Cooperative Education and Training Institute , Emerging Co-op Leaders , the Staff and Manager's conference , Action Camp , Co-op Voices, the Guide to Campus Co-ops , the NASCO web site, and the NASCO Internship Network. NASCO also provides direct services through on-site workshops,
consulting contracts, organizational and financial advice, co-op
development, compiling information on tax exemption, and other
activities. NASCO also rescues co-ops from certain doom on a
- The Cooperative Development Institute calls itself "the Northeast's
center for cooperative business education, training and technical
assistance." The organization provides several services to co-ops,
including technical assistance consultations on financial and legal structure, operations, and crisis assessment.
- Cohousing Association - The Cohousing Association helps "promote the awareness and development of cohousing and to provide sustenance to existing cohousing communities in the United States." They provide many resources including workshops, a directory, outreach materials, and gatherings.
Public policy and education
- The National Cooperative Business Association "helps co-ops
strengthen their businesses" through programs in education, public
policy, and co-op development.
- The International Cooperative Alliance calls itself the "the voice of
the co-operative movement." The organization "helps its
members in their lobbying for new legislation and more appropriate
administrative procedures that respect the co-operative model, its
principles and values. It provides political support as well as
technical expertise to enable co-operatives to compete on a level
- UWisc Center for Co-operatives - The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives "pursues a research,
educational, and outreach agenda that examines cooperative issues across
and social sectors. The agenda encompasses all aspects of the
cooperative business model, including development, finance, structure,
and governance" They also have an enormous library, data, and publications, some of which is online.