Cooperatives often include affordability in their mission and strive to maintain it. Members in the cooperative will all have different expectations and ideas of what this means when entering the cooperative. This discussion guide about affordability and defining it for your cooperative will help clarify member expectations and long-term planning for your cooperative.
Below, are the recordings for NASCO Institue 2020 sessions by room. Please share lessons learned with your cooperatives and communities.
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"Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer" is an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections: balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash management.
The new Primer is composed of a four-part series by Bruce Mayer, Peg Nolan, and Steve Wolfe that appeared in Cooperative Grocer during 2011 and 2012.
"Cooperation Begins With You: An orientation handbook for student housing cooperative boards of directors."
Written by Karin Evans for the North American Students of Coopration, Copyright 1981.
This resource includes several templates for cooperative business plans from actual housing cooperatives in North America. Other references provided are a blueprint for the development process, of which the business plan is a part, and a cooperative business plan presentation given at the 2009 NASCO Institute.
Informal commentary on creating simple, accessible budgets for small coops.