Seeds for Change Round-up Program
Seeds for Change is a community-giving opportunity that allows customers to ‘round-up’ their Co-op purchases to the nearest dollar. We take those extra cents and give them directly to local organizations that are doing amazing work to better our community. A different nonprofit organization is selected to benefit from the round ups each month.
The Co-op dedicates round-ups collected in the month of December to Food for People. The Twin Pines Community Foundation receives the round-ups each October and the Co-op Pumpkin Patch in funded in part through round-ups collected in August. The remaining nine months of the year are available through an annual application process for nonprofits that focus on food security, sustainable agriculture, food nutrition and education, environmental responsibility, racial and social equity or cooperative economies.
Interested local nonprofit organizations can apply to be considered for the Seeds for Change Round-Up Program. Applications open each year in July. Organizations are selected by vote of Co-op members and announced in October at the Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting & Celebration.
Seeds for Change Application
Interested non-profit organizations can apply to be considered for the Co-op’s new Seeds for Change Round-Up Program to support projects related to food security, sustainable agriculture, food nutrition and education, environmental responsibility, racial and social equity or cooperative economies. Applications for 2021 will open mid 2020.
The Seeds for Change Round-Up Program is open to organizations that meet the following criteria:
Registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations (sorry, no schools)
Based in the communities served by the North Coast Co-op (Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties)
Funds must be used in non-sectarian and non-partisan ways
Funding is for projects that serve our community
Have not been a Seeds for Change Round-Up recipient the previous year
Each year, nine organizations are selected. The Co-op predesignates round-up months for Food for People (December), Twin Pines Community Foundation (October) and the Co-op Pumpkin Patch (August). Except for Food for People, Twin Pines, Co-op Pumpkin Patch and any Co-op Strategic Partners, no recipient organizations are repeated two years in a row. All qualified organizations will be put on a list for a member vote. During the first week of the Co-op annual board elections Co-op members are encouraged to vote for five organizations they would choose to support with their round-ups. The top nine organizations selected by the membership will get a spot in the program.
Selected nonprofits can promote their organization by tabling at the stores, providing information to our cashiers and customers and by encouraging supporters to shop at Co-op and round up at the registers. The Co-op will promote each monthly partner in social media, with signs in the stores and with in-store information cards prepared with information provided by the organization.
Awarded groups should receive their round-up funds within three weeks following the end of their selected month.