NASCO Institute 2015

Creating a New Co-op - The Development Process - NASCO Institute

Session materials from "Creating a New Co-op - 1 - The Development Process," presented by Mark Fick and Corrigan Nadon-Nichols at NASCO Institute 2014 & 2015.


This course will provide an overview of the development process from initial ideas to moving in to a property. We will explore the many right (and a few wrong) ways to create a new housing coop, with extra focus on the initial steps: creating a collective vision, organizing your development team, and making a roadmap. This is a two-part course that sets the foundation for the "Creating a New Co-op" series.

Getting Tax Exemption - NASCO Institute

Session materials from "Getting Tax Exemption," presented by David "Rosebud" Sparer at NASCO Institute 2016.


What does it mean to be a "nonprofit"? What are the benefits and drawbacks of 501c3 status and other tax exemptions for co-ops? Is it worth it? We will discuss the systems of nonprofit incorporation, federal tax exemption, and local tax exemptions. We will also cover the 501c3 application (IRS Form 1023) in detail.

When it Hits the Fan: Preparing for the Worst - NASCO Institute

Session materials from "When it Hits the Fan: Preparing for the Worst," presented by Alex Green at NASCO Institute 2015.


Owning a home is a lot of responsibility, especially when you’re trying to build a community with so many co-opers. Crises sometimes seem to be popping up around every corner. This workshop aims to prepare you for these unexpected twists in cooperative living. We will not only discuss the different emergencies that can surface in a cooperative house but also how to prepare for and respond to them.