The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a cooperative whose members are co-ops in the Philadelphia region. PACA is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to growing the cooperative economy. Learn more about our members on our Membership page.
Our mission is to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy.
We envision a vibrant and growing network of cooperative enterprises that operate in all sectors of the economy to build a better world—providing essential services, strengthening democratic organizations, creating quality jobs, building community wealth, reducing poverty, strengthening our local economy, protecting the environment and increasing community engagement.
Our Commitment to Racial and Economic Equity
In order to build an equitable and cooperative economy, we acknowledge and take action to repair the impact of hundreds of years of racial and economic injustice in this country. We provide business development resources and assistance towards accessing capital in order to support the creation of cooperative businesses that are owned and democratically controlled by the very communities from which wealth has been stolen from historically.
We grow the cooperative economy because we believe deeply in its power to build racial justice, wealth equity, and community control. We cannot imagine a vibrant cooperative economy without the diversity of voices, experiences, and traditions that all Philadelphians have to offer.
PACA is a member of:
- New Economy Coalition
- National Cooperative Business Association
- Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities
- Data Commons Cooperative
- NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation)
- US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)
Our work growing the cooperative economy in the Philadelphia region is and has been supported by:
- Capital Impact Partners
- Catholic Campaign for Human Development
- CHS Foundation
- The Cooperative Foundation
- Democracy at Work Institute
- Knight Foundation
- National Cooperative Bank (NCB)
- National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA)
- The Financial Cooperative
How PACA was formed
The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) was born in the planning stages of the June 13, 2012 conference. In February 2012, a commitment was made to creating a membership organization for area co-ops with a board and staff. In March, PACA formulated its mission: “to improve the Philadelphia region by growing the cooperative economy.”
At the November 2012 Philly Co-op Summit, PACA further discussed its vision, mission, and goals along with its membership structure and governance. A steering committee was elected at this summit. In December 2014, PACA held its first Annual Member Meeting and elected its first board.