We’re pleased to release our 2015 Annual Report!
2015: a year of building momentum
In the report, you’ll find information on PACA’s board, staff, programs, donors, funders, and financials. Join us in celebrating 2015: a year of building momentum!
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Letter from the President of the Board of Directors
These are interesting times to be a cooperator in the Philadelphia area. We have formed a cross-sector co-op alliance, assembled a membership base of co-ops both new and old, and shored up the greatest talents in our region to lead PACA’s board of directors. And things are moving — quickly!
We have a solid foundation for this new organization: its programs and governance, its vision, connections, funding, and initiatives, and of course, its members. We owe some of this early success to the catalyzing resources of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA–CLUSA), who sponsored our first 18 months of Executive Director staffing. I’m tremendously proud of the developments we’ve pushed forward in our founding days and the impact we are already having on our region’s cooperative economy.
That progress is laid out beautifully for you right here in this report. Behind the specific numbers and milestones, you’ll notice a pattern of collaboration. This last bit is humbling, but also quite thrilling. Part of our theory of change is that more can be achieved when people and groups come together around common purpose. The Philadelphia region benefits from a rich and interconnected network of grassroots organizers, national leaders, visionary funders, fiery entrepreneurs, and communities committed to economic justice. Rooted in this context, PACA is advancing our mission and our impact by leaps and bounds and humbly following the lead of organizations whose food, energy, and economic justice efforts have laid the groundwork for our growth.
As we join allied groups in fighting for community wealth-building, development without displacement, and jobs with dignity, PACA adds a refreshing strategy for building the economy that we want: a superior business model that puts workers, residents, and consumers at the heart of enterprise and weaves education, transparency, and democracy into the process of governing those businesses. In the year ahead, we’re looking forward to initiatives in cooperative development from our staff and board coming to fruition– from advocacy to technical assistance to community partnerships that strengthen the regional economy.
We hope you will join us in all of these efforts. The ongoing commitment of cooperators like you has been truly instrumental to our success so far.
President of the Board of Directors
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