Cooperative Principle #7 is Concern for the Community. While focusing on Owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their Owners. You can do something for the community even as you keep succeeding. Your Co-op participates in community efforts in a variety of ways.
The Community CHIP® program is partnership between our Co-op and Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW), a membership nonprofit addressing social, economic, and environmental problems through grassroots activities, advocacy, research, and public education. Simply say “yes” when asked if you’d like to CHIP at the checkout lane, and the cashier will add a 1% donation to your purchase. That’s only 30 cents for a $30 bag of groceries. The Co-op collects the money and sends 100% of the contributions to CSW to support their member nonprofits. Because the Community CHIP program is a part of CSW, all CHIP contributions are tax deductible. Visit their website for more information about Community Shares of Wisconsin.
Community Reinvestment fund
Since 1992, the Willy Street Co-op has contributed $402,000 to local nonprofits and cooperatives to support developmental and educational projects for our community. The fund is seeded when Owners who have become inactive and have not claimed their equity after three years either abandon or donate their Fair Share equity to our Co-op. Community Reinvestment Funds are allocated annually by the Board of Directors in accordance with our bylaws that stipulate unclaimed or donated equity that has been abandoned be dedicated to educational and charitable purposes. Grants from the Community Reinvestment Fund may be awarded to projects supporting food justice and/or access, cooperative development, sustainable agriculture, health and well-being, and/or social change. Visit our Grant Guidelines page for more information about the applications and to view the application (during our January and February application period).
CRF grant awards for previous three years: