October, 2021

Dear friends,
 
Happy Co-op Month! Celebrated by cooperatives nationwide during the month of October, National Co-op Month is your chance to embrace our shared cooperative identity as we face some of our biggest challenges yet. For content you can use to promote co-op month, check out this website.

As always, this month’s newsletter includes upcoming workshops, events + other key co-opportunities that will help you unlock the power of your co-op community.

If you, or someone you know, can benefit from any of these resources, be sure to share!
We also encourage you to share your updates & ideas with us by emailing cfne@coopfund.coop 


Co-op Curious?
We’ve got you covered. Check out these learning co-opportunities from CFNE & our partners.
October 7, 15, 18, 27 | $0-$450
 
October is coop month and we're offering a series of online workshops in honor of International Cooperative Principle #5: Education, Training, and Information. Learning will be applicable to coops, businesses, and nonprofits. Sessions include:

Understanding My Organization’s Finances
Budgeting with Values
Multiple Futures: Cash Flow Scenario Planning
Beyond Spreadsheets: Creating Engaging Financial Reports

They can be taken in sequence together or as stand alone sessions. 
DIY Digital: Low Cost Strategies for In-House Digital Marketing
October 20 @ 12:00 PM -1:30 PM EDT | Free
 
Online Marketing can seem expensive and tricky but it doesn't have to be. Whether you are trying to implement your communications plan, manage your online presence or create content your audience will love, there are lots of accessible and affordable ways to get started. 
 
In this lunch-and-learn session, we've invited our friends @CollectivEffort to help you explore low cost strategies and tools to empower your in house Digital Marketing efforts.
In Case You Missed It!

Our 2021 workshops are all available for viewing on our Youtube channel. Click here to view.

If you’re interested in a 1-on-1 co-op coaching session, click here to schedule an appointment


Co-op Toolkit
Stay updated on relevant resources for your co-op. 

Wealth equality depends on designing for the ownership side of business. This post on Medium introduces a new tool for the job — the Ownership Model Canvas — with instructions and an example from the music patronage platform Ampled. Click here to learn more 


2022 Open Enrollment Is Open Until December 8, 2021. Sign your workplace up today for dental, vision, accident, and disability insurance - pick and choose what's right for your group.
Health Insurance (in select states), HRA/HSA/FSA benefits, and Vivana perks are available on a rolling basis. Enrollment is open to all USFWC members. Click here to learn more


Starting a worker cooperative is an exciting and challenging endeavor! Here are a few to-do's to get your team started: Click here to learn more
Co-op Community
Stay connected to our co-op community. 

Congratulations to CFNE Board member Clark Arrington for his induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame (heroes.coop). Clark will receive the cooperative community’s most prestigious honor on October 7, along with three other outstanding cooperative leaders.

Clark has worked with the Center for National Policy Review, creating community-owned venture capital and loan funds; the Federation of Southern Cooperatives (federation.coop); and the ICA Group (icagroup.org). He helped develop model bylaws for worker co-ops that are used across the U.S., as well as the concept of offering non-voting equity shares to the public, supporting co-ops’ growth while maintaining worker control.
In his current role at Seed Commons (seedcommons.org), Clark works on financing that assures co-op membership and member benefit are at the center of all legal and financial deals. He also serves on the Directors’ Committee of The Working World (theworkingworld.org/us) .

Clark has played a critical role in leveraging millions of dollars of new investment for social justice cooperatives. His vision, pragmatism, and tireless efforts have promoted innovative financing structures that support the cooperative principles of member ownership, control and benefit.
October 13, 20, 22, 27 | Online + In person | Free
 
The Boston Ujima Project is harnessing a spirit of solidarity to build a new economy that reflects our values, meets our needs, and allows our communities to thrive. The 2021 Cultural Assembly will be an opportunity for artists and cultural organizers to come together to set collective priorities and develop practices for shared political power and economic development in Boston. Click here to register

The USFWC is proud to announce its inaugural cohort of fellows for the Worker Ownership State Advocacy Fellowship!

The Worker Ownership State Advocacy (WOSA) Fellowship is a pilot program of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives that equips and supports worker owners as advocates and spokespeople for worker co-op initiatives in their home state. Click here to learn more


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In cooperation,
Johan Matthews
Community Engagement Facilitator
Cooperative Fund of New England