Cooperative Community Fund
Supporting our local community
The Cooperative Community Fund is a permanent endowment established and directed by member-owners of North Coast Co-op, which awards grants to support projects and the work of community organizations in Humboldt County. Through collaborative grant making, the Cooperative Community Fund seeks to strengthen the community by emphasizing projects and activities that promote sustainable agriculture, food nutrition and education, and food security.
The Cooperative Community Fund has granted more than $380,000 in funds to community projects since it was founded in 1990. The fund covers the cost of pumpkins for North Coast Co-op's long-standing, annual Pumpkin Patch program. Each fall, the Co-op provides more than 3,700 students with an educational field trip to a local, organic farm where they learn about the food system and pick out a free pumpkin.
Past grant recipients also include Food for People, Healy Senior Center, LatinoNet, DreamQuest and the Girl Scouts of Northern California.
Donating to the Fund
Rounding Up - You can support the Cooperative Community Fund at the register. Simply ask the cashier to Round Up! Your purchase will be rounded to the next whole dollar, or you can add as much as you want. The extra amount will be donated to our Cooperative Community Fund.
Tax-Deductible Donation - Make a tax-deductible donation direct to the Cooperative Community Fund online through the Humboldt Area Foundation. Co-op member-owners can also donate their patronage refunds or dividends direct to the fund.
Paper Bag Charge - In 2011, North Coast Co-op began charging 10 cents each for paper bags as part of our campaign to reduce single-use bags. We have never carried plastic bags at the register, but we thought we could be doing more to encourage the use of reusable bags. We were successful – we reduced paper bag consumption by 80 percent! In addition, we donate every 10 cent charge to our Cooperative Community Fund. Learn more on our Environmental Responsibility page.
Contact our Cooperative Community Fund Liaison if you have questions.
Ready to apply? visit our Apply for a Cooperative Community Fund Grant page