A central goal of the NFCA is to facilitate collaboration among food co-ops, start-ups and support organizations to reinforce the success of our member co-ops. These presentations explore challenges and opportunities in the marketplace, strategies for business development, and strengthening the Co-operative Identity.
- Planning Successful Capital Campaigns, Ben Sandel, NFCA Fifth Annual Meeting, 2016.
- We Run This: Peer to Peer Internal & External Education Mechanisms, Association of Co-operative Educators, 2015
- The New Normal: Growing Our Co-ops & Thriving in a Competitive Landscape, NFCA Fall Member Gathering, Oct. 2014
- Fundraising Triumphs & Keeping Members Engaged for the Long Haul, FCI at NFCA Fall Gathering, Sept. 2013
Ben Sandel, CDS Consulting Co-op, presented about how to choose, plan, and execute a successful capital campaign for your co-op at Neighboring Food Co-op Association’s Fifth Annual Meeting in Greenfield, MA. This presentation includes planning strategy, which vehicle(s) to use, and building your team, and draws on experience learned from dozens of food co-op capital campaigns. This presentation was supported and made possible by Food Co-op Initiative (FCI).
Dave Blackburn shares the NCGA Development Co-op’s perspective on the challenge of competition in the marketplace, guidance for co-ops considering expansions, and — along with Michelle Schry (General Manager at People’s Food Co-op of Wisconsin and Minnesota), and Co-op Food Stores General Manager Terry Appleby — covers examples of various approaches including expansions, additional storefronts, and mergers among existing co-ops and start-ups to achieve scale and increase our impact on the food system and economy.
Fundraising Triumphs & Keeping Members Engaged for the Long Haul, FCI at NFCA, Sept. 2013
Suzi Carter joined Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) after working to help launch recently opened Friendly City Food Co-op. This presentation covers strategies for fundraising success, and how co-ops can best serve and motivate their members in each stage of co-op development.