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. Past grant recipients include Food for People, Healy Senior Center, LatinoNet, DreamQuest and the Girl Scouts of Northern California. The Cooperative Community Fund also covers the cost of pumpkins for North Coast Co-op's long-standing, annual Pumpkin Patch.
There are many ways to donate 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 choose. 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.
To learn more about applying for a grant, visit our Apply for a Grant page.
If you have any questions, please contact our Cooperative Community Fund Liaison or call (707) 822-5947 ext. 236.