NASCO Institute 2016

Creating a New Co-op – 4 - Budgets & Feasibility - NASCO Institute

Session materials from “Creating a New Co-op – 4 - Budgets & Feasibility,” presented by Brian Dahlk at NASCO Institute 2016.


A development budget is a powerful tool for shaping your co-op's vision. Learn how to understand the development budget for your new co-op, to present that budget to lenders or other partners, and use the budget to look at your co-op's options. Do not fear the spreadsheets! They are your friend!

Pathways to Expansion for Larger Co-ops - NASCO Institute

Session materials from “Pathways to Expansion for Larger Co-ops,” presented by Corrigan Nadon-Nichols at NASCO Institute 2016.


Many housing cooperatives consider expansion to be a worthy goal for furthering their mission and increasing financial stability. However as co-ops grow in scale, they face additional obstacles and opportunities that complicate the development process. In this session, we will examine several successful expansion projects at larger co-ops and analyze under what circumstances expansion is a worthwhile goal.

Creating a New Co-op – 6B - Negotiating a Master Lease - NASCO Institute

Session materials from “Creating a New Co-op – 6B - Negotiating a Master Lease,” presented by Daniel Miller at NASCO Institute 2016.


Come learn how to lower your lease payments, win more autonomy for your coop, and set yourself up for growth in the future. Leasing can be good option for a new co-op to build its business history, or for an existing co-op to explore expansion. But most landlords are unfamiliar with housing co-ops, and you will need to educate and negotiate to get the best terms for your co-op.

Do it Together! Participatory Co-op Education - NASCO Institute

Session materials from “Do it Together! Participatory Co-op Education,” presented by Kim Garmany at NASCO Institute 2016.


Popular Education is an exciting way to approach teaching and learning that encourages using various ways to relay and explore information. As you reflect on your NASCO Institute experience, the session will guide you through a series of participatory activities that you can take back to your co-op or to your working life. There will also be space for folks to share participatory activities that weren't practiced in the workshop.