Join as a Cooperative

Membership is the foundation of NASCO. As a grassroots member-led movement, our strength lies in our members. NASCO welcomes membership from cooperatives.


Eligibility for Active Membership

  • You are an organization, incorporated or not
  • You are located at, or in the vicinity of, a university or college campus
  • Your organization supplies housing, credit, food, clothing, or other goods on a nonprofit cooperative basis


Active Member Benefits

  • Eligibility to vote in annual NASCO Board elections
  • Free annual on-site training

  • Up to five complimentary hours of consulting services

  • Free participation in the Cooperative Internship Network

  • Up to 50% discount on NASCO event registration fees

  • Access to our job posting service


Active Member Dues

Dues are based on the number of members in your co-op at capacity. Co-ops will pay dues by August 31st for the membership year that runs from September 1st to August 31st.


Housing Co-ops

For ongoing members, the dues rate is $28.25* USD ($33 CAD) times the membership capacity of the co-op.


Ongoing Members:

Membership capacity ________ x $28.25* USD ($33 CAD) per member = $ _________


We offer a discount for new members! If your co-op has not been a member of NASCO within the past five years, the joining dues rate is $9 USD ($11 CAD), a third of the regular dues rate. Members will be billed at the ongoing member rate for subsequent years. If you are not sure if your co-op qualifies for this discount, we can look it up for you!


New Members:

Membership capacity ________ x $9 USD ($11 CAD) per member = $ _________


Retail/Worker Co-ops

0.03% of Gross annual revenue = $ ________ USD/CAD (minimum $150 USD, maximum $1000 USD)


Development Services Membership

Any cooperative or allied organization is eligible to become a member of NASCO Development Services. These co-ops provide ongoing support to help start and expand new cooperatives. Development services members receive discounts on development consulting services from NASCO. Contact us for more info.


*To account for inflation over the last two years, we adjusted Active Member dues from $27 per member to $28.25. For the year that runs from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020, the dues rate will be $28.25 times the membership capacity of the co-op. In future years, NASCO plans to adjust annually for inflation and will announce any changes in the dues rate by January 1st of the previous year.


Join as a Cooperative