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.
Willy Street Co-op has an agreement with Community Shares of Wisconsin that the Community CHIP program is the primary year-round benefactor of the Co-op’s registercampaigns. Register campaigns are defined as charitable causes that cashiers ask customers to contribute to at checkout. Occasionally, and for not longer than six-weeks per campaign, the Co-op will request that Community CHIP share register campaign time with other Local causes or to assist with global natural disaster relief. The Co-op will not conduct more than two register campaigns at one time.
In the event of a natural disaster, the Co-op will support other groups in need of assistance when possible. For special Local fundraising, we will do our best to support 501( c )3 nonprofits, 170( c )(1) government entities, or Wis. Chapter 185 cooperative groups that are outside of Community Shares of Wisconsin if the fundraising aide requested is designed to support the general public and addresses specific issues that relate directly to our mission or ends.
All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Co-op refrains from fundraising for individuals. Co-op management reserves the right to accept or deny any request for any reason as well as to determine the type, amount and channel by which to deliver assistance with a preference for making as direct a donation to the end-users as possible.
Donations Budget Policy and Principles
The primary purpose of Willy Street Co-op's donations is to provide Co-op food and/or merchandise to local nonprofits that are working to improve our community. A secondary purpose of the program is to make Co-op funds available to not-for-profit groups for special projects and fundraising efforts. We recognize the support role the Co-op can play to encourage and foster neighborhood development.
The donations budget is administered by the Director of Cooperative Services and is renewed annually on our July—June Fiscal Year. Funds for donations are capped quarterly to ensure funding is available throughout the year.
Groups making requests must be nondiscriminatory. Any form of discrimination based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by state or federal law is contrary to the principles and policies of Willy Street Co-op.
Priority is given to the following groups: 501( c ) 3 charitable organizations, 170( c )(1) government entities (such as public schools), and cooperative businesses.
Donations are generally considered on a first come, first served basis. When multiple groups request contributions during the same period, priority is given to those who demonstrate a greater need.
Groups involved with multiple events and projects are strongly encouraged to request a lump-sum for all of the events and projects to occur from July to June. Priority is given to organizations who have not already received funding from the Co-op within a given fiscal year.
The Co-op supports fundraising, development, and educational projects or events that are consistent with the Co-op's bylaws, ends policies, and goals. Priority is given to projects and events that benefit the public, though private events that also benefit the community may also be supported.
Organizations who engage with animals as part of achieving their mission must adopt a policy of humane animal treatment. The Co-op refrains from funding organizations that use animals for the purposes of product testing or other research.
The Co-op refrains from fundraising for or contributing to third-party charitable efforts and/or individuals.
Requests must be made at least three weeks prior to funding.
Requests shall be accepted via the Co-op's online donation form only, with any supplementary materials uploaded as PDF, DOC, DOCX (maximum file size 1.5MB).