Development

Democracy at Work Institute Resource Library

The Democracy at Work Institute is building a comprehensive Resource Library that will include a wide range of materials, including academic papers, start-up toolkits, curriculum samples, actual documents from existing worker cooperatives, and more. The topic list below provides a map of the resources that will be available. We are also continuing to publish additional resources on a daily basis.

Six successful 501(c)3 applications (Form 1023)

This archive contains the Form 1023s and supporting documentation for the following six cooperatives that have successfully become not-for-profit organizations:
  • Bloomington Cooperative Living (Indiana, 2011)
  • CHÜVA - Cooperative Housing at the University of Virginia (Virginia, 2005)
  • Cooperative Roots (California, 2006)
  • Kalamazoo Collective Housing (

Incorporating and Getting 501c3 Status - Developing New Cooperatives

Presented by Daniel Miller (NASCO Staff) & David "Rosebud" Sparer (Herrick & Kasdorf, LLP)

Why do co-ops become legal corporations? What does it take to incorporate? What are the pros and cons of different legal statuses? What does non-profit status do for a co-op, and does your co-op qualify? These resources will help give answers to these questions and more, with specific examples to help your co-op.

Implementing Intentional Affordability

Session materials from "Implementing Intentional Affordability," which was led by Jeff Bessmer (Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op) at NASCO Institute 2013.

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