These organizations are CDS’ trusted partners in cooperative and sustainable development. Each plays a unique and valued role in helping individuals and organizations advance their cooperative interests.
Provides consulting assistance to food co-ops and food co-op start-ups, primarily on a fee-for-service basis. Their specialties include store operations, planning for expansion and growth, and board governance.
Provides online resources, webinars, and information about best practices in the start-up of food co-ops and food buying clubs; as funding is available, FCI sometimes is able to provide matching grants for technical assistance on a competitive basis.
The national network of cooperative development centers. The organization supports its member centers and co-op developers with professional education. Especially if you are outside Minnesota, Wisconsin or Iowa, check out CW to find a co-op development center in your region.
The Senior Cooperative Foundation has extensive experience in delivering education and cooperative solutions for issues facing senior housing co-ops and their owner-members. CDS partnered with the Senior Cooperative Foundation to develop the Senior Co-op Housing Education Program (SCHEP), a training program for member-owners. This multi-module training has been delivered to over 3,000 new owners, and can be provided to your co-op as well!
For additional information, including a list of all the current senior housing cooperatives you can also go to the Senior Co-op Living website that addresses Senior Housing Cooperative model entitled Carefree Living in a Vibrant Community.
For developers seeking to learn about the successful senior co-op form of housing, we encourage you to contact our partners at Cooperative Housing Resources. This organization has deep expertise and can respond to your development and finance-related questions.
We are a partner with Cooperative Network in the planning and implementation of an annual conference for senior housing co-op members, managers and developers that traditionally attracts over 350 attendees from many different states. As well as technical support and education events for members and managers.