As social, political, and economic inequities continue to rise, more and more folks are turning to co-ops as a solution. Our people-powered cooperative economy based on mutual assistance, democracy, equity, and shared ownership has sustained us throughout human history! This is what we do to meet our needs – we cooperate.
- continue training new co-op developers from low-income and communities of color
- support immigrant communities we work with by creating an immigrant co-op development initiative
- continue lifting up the intersections of food, land, racial, and economic justices through work with our food co-ops and urban farm members
- and provide more cooperative economics education in poor communities and communities of color.
In 2018, PACA monitored and/or supported 30+ new co-ops in development including 13 potential start-ups, 5 early stage co-ops, 11 advanced/recently opened start-ups, 4 potential conversions, and 1 active conversion. Our staff provided direct technical support to 19 co-ops. In 2019, to do more of this work to build our region’s co-op economy, we need your economic participation.
As a co-op of co-ops, we represent over 20,000 cooperators in our region. Foundations and partner organizations support programmatic work like PACA’s Cooperative Leadership Institute, the 20 Book Clubs, 20 Cooperative Businesses project, co-op education to the public, and direct technical assistance to co-ops. Our monthly donor sustainers who participate in the Principle Six Club give us a stream of income we can depend on month after month.
As we end the year, we thank the many cooperators and co-op supporters in our region and beyond for bringing our co-op movement so far. We ask that you donate to PACA to help us make 2019 another strong year for co-op development in the Philadelphia region.