New DC area co-op opportunities for fundraising, technical assistance, and community building - online and offline
In this Newsletter
This week's DC Co-op happenings
Our Next Meeting - Monday February 10th
Co-op Fundraising Platform - Progress Update
In Case You Missed It
News & Events
New Funding Announcement
Co-op Innovation Award
Informational webinar Tuesday, January 28th at 2pm
Capital Impact Partners is excited to announce a partnership with the National Cooperative Bank for the 6th annual Co-op Innovation Award. Winning organizations will receive a one-year grant of up to $50,000 to advance cooperative development in communities of color and/or historically disinvested communities.
This year, we are seeking out projects that will educate new audiences on the impact and potential of the cooperative model to disrupt income inequality, steward community ownership, and create strong, vibrant places of opportunity.
Priority will be given to food, worker, and housing co-ops, but all sectors are invited to apply. The link below will direct applicants to our Submittable application; you will need to create a free account to access the application. Letters of interest are due February 10th.
If you have further questions about the award, please attend an informational webinar on January 28th at 2pm. Further inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to these contriburs we were able to beat our annual renewal deadline for our website hosting and take the opportunity to migrate the dcstakeholders.coop website to a more optimized, secure, and flexible hosting solution.
This will greatly help scale even more cooperative network infrastructure.
Next we'll be make it possible for co-op businesses and projects to start their own fundraising projects directly through the website!
In Case You Missed It
Our Last Meeting
Weren't able to attend our meeting this month? That's ok, we put together the key takeaways
Alison Powers - Capital Impact Partners and National Cooperative Bank now accepting applications for Coop Innovation Award (more details below).
Gaby Seltzer - Circular Economy Working Group (not this group) happy hour on February 19th. Invite to follow or email email@example.com if interested.
Sam Bonar - Looking for user testers for his new app Showupia (available in mobile app stores) Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Justin Franks - Looking for user testers and collaborators for the group's website at dcstakeholders.coop. Create an account and sign in to the site to send a direct message to begin, or email email@example.com for questions.
Bri McGowan - Delicious Democracy will host an event on Feb 11. 7PM - 9PM @Creative Grounds DC. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Join a Working Group
More information on each group/project and how to support or join will be sent out soon!
Thanks to our new volunteer co-operators for stepping up!
Nikki Brown will assist with reviewing prior meeting notes to gather hidden gems, asks & offers made or referenced by attendees, or any other relevant information to be revisited or shared.
Katie McWilliams will assist with market research by collecting and adding new resources for prospective co-ops or relevant stakeholders to the website at dcstakeholders.coop.
John Capozzi will assist with testing the website by providing user experience feedback that will help nurture an increase its adoption as it continues to develop and gain traction.
We can use much more support - if you or someone you know has an interest in co-ops, the solidarity economy, community organizing (or would like more experience in these areas) and have 1-2 hours per week to spare, additional needs include support with our:
Social media postings
Event planning and outreach (offline and online)
Whether you're a digital expert or only use email to communicate, all are encouraged to apply!
Please reach out at email@example.com or contact us here if you are interested.
If you can't volunteer but want to help grow the network, connect with us on your platforms of choice: