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Coop Member Responsibility Reports
Active membership in housing co-ops – version one
Housing co-ops are governed by their members. They are reliant on at least some of their members actively participating and taking responsibility for the co-op – making decisions about how the co-op is run. And some rely on co-op members doing more than just taking decisions. Without the active participation of at least some co-op members, a co-op could not exist. So - getting enough active members to participate is vital for the future of the co-op.
Cooperative Member Responsibilities and Control
A cooperative is a voluntary’ contractual organization of persons having a mutual ownership interest in providing themselves a needed service(s) on a nonprofit basis. It is usually organized as a legal entity to accomplish an economic objective through joint participation of its members. In a cooperative the investment and operational risks, benefits gained, or losses incurred are shared equitably by its members in proportion to their use of the cooperative’s services. A cooperative is democratically controlled by its members on the basis of their status as member-users and not as investors in the capital structure of the cooperative.“1
Cooperative Equity and Ownership: An Introduction
Hot for profit, not for charity, but for service” is one common way that credit unions differentiate their activities from those of other economic enterprises, and it works well as a concise and accurate descriptor for the whole cooperative sector. Cooperatives are business enterprises, not charitable organizations, so they are not the same as non-profits; yet they do not exist to maximize profits, so they are not the same as investor-owned firms. Cooperatives are enterprises that are democratically owned and controlled by the people who benefit from them and are operated collaboratively for the purpose of providing services to these beneficiaries or members.
A Practical Guide for Cooperative Success
This guide is designed for use by housing cooperative boards of directors, resident members and co-op partners. It defines what a cooperative is, highlights the history of the cooperative movement, explains how co-ops are managed and governed, explores what co-op members can do to recognize and weed out problems early on and provides guidelines that allow the best elements of cooperative living to take root and grow.
Providing clean energy and energy access through cooperatives
Not surprisingly, the poor are the most affected. It is mainly those living on less than a dollar a day who lack access to modern energy. At the same time, poor families spend a much higher proportion of their total income on ‘poorer’ energy sources than richer families spend on more modern energy because it is a basic need. The share of their income the poorest households spend on energy can be up to 20 times higher than for the richest.