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Would you like to CHIP?

Sure, but what does it mean to CHIP?

Before you pay for your groceries at Willy Street Co-op you'll be asked the question, “Would you like to CHIP?”, which is an entirely VOLUNTARY, TAX DEDUCTIBLE* donation. If you say yes, 1% of your bill will be added to your total, post tax. For instance, on a $10.00 purchase, "CHIP"ing would raise your bill to $10.10. This percentage amount is only the default amount and, if you so desire, any amount could be used for your CHIP. For instance you could tell the cashier to CHIP you 24 cents to bring your total from $3.76 to $4.00 even, saving your pockets from getting bogged down with extra change. Funds raised through "CHIP"ing are then pooled together and distributed evenly to Community Shares organizations.

Since 1978, Community CHIP has been a fundraising program that supports over 50 groups committed to making Madison and Dane County a better place to live. These organizations work on a variety of issues including the environment, affordable housing, community development, violence prevention, services for people with disabilities, advocacy for people facing discrimination, consumer protection, and much more.

For more information and a list of the organizations that receive your donations visit the Community Shares Community CHIP web page.

*Initiated January 1st, 2013

Community Reinvestment fund

The Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) application period for the 2014 grant cycle has ended. Applications for the 2015 CRF grants will be posted on February 1, 2015.

community reinvestment fund logo

A History of Grassroots Giving

Since 1992, the Willy Street Co-op Community Reinvestment Fund has contributed $317,000 to making a difference in the quality of life for our community by supporting developmental projects, educational projects, and events that are consistent with Willy Street Co-op's goals. Cooperative Principle #7, Concern for Community, is the primary motivation for the Williamson Street Grocery Cooperative (WSGC) Community Reinvestment Fund. 

This annual sowing of community seeds is funded through unclaimed and abandoned equity money that has accumulated over past years. Specifically, our bylaws state: “the Co-op shall dedicate any funds (equity) remaining unclaimed to educational and charitable purposes.”

Each year, a mailing is sent to the last known address of any owners who still have equity in WSGC, but whose accounts have remained inactive for over a year. Once/if contacted, those owners have the option to renew their Fair Share contract by making an equity payment or, to withdraw the equity (cancel the contract), or donate their equity to the Community Reinvestment Fund.

Grant Guidelines

Grants may be awarded to projects covering one or more of the following topic areas: food, nutrition, cooperatives, sustainable agriculture, health and well-being, and social change. Examples of the diverse array of projects we have funded in the past include:

  • Health conunseling and information for farm workers
  • Community garden projects
  • Adaptive cooking classes for blind adults
  • Local farm voucher programs for those living on low-incomes
  • Cooperative energy education

This funding primarily focuses on providing grants to local, nonprofit groups with limited access to funding. Priority will be given to organizations working on projects benefiting the Madison and Middleton metropolitan areas. In Fiscal Year 2014, the Fund Committee has awarded $30,000 to 18 organizations.

Members of minority and protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Below are links to pages with CRF grant awards for previous years:

Donation request form

Each year, Willy Street Co-op is happy to contribute to, donate to or sponsor events or activities throughout the greater Madison area community. Due to the great number of Co-op Owners, we are unable to sponsor individuals (because that would be a lot of sponsorships!). 

Please make your request at least three weeks before your event.

Organizations are strongly encouraged to read our donations policy prior to applying. If you have questions about what to include on this form or what information we'd like, please contact Media and Advocacy Coordinator gianofer fields by  or 608-512-6184.

All organizations requesting funding may be asked for additional information in order to receive funding, such as a Federal determination of nonprofit status, a copy of the Wisconsin Certificate of Exempt Status, and/or to complete a IRS Form W9.

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Providing a secondary contact may expedite your funding request.
Kind of request

How will Willy Street Co-op be recognized if we are able to fulfill this request?
(listed in event program, logo on poster, etc.)

If you have a cover letter, sponsorship levels or other information that you can provide. Please upload that file here. Acceptable formats are PDF, DOC, DOCX. Maximum file size 1.5MB.