The Co-op established a fund in 1990 to provide financial support to the agricultural, artistic, athletic and educational endeavors of the local community. The Fund is administered through Humboldt Area Foundation. The goal was to build the Fund until the interest alone covers 100% of the Co-op’s annual community donations.
The Fund started with a modest $1,000, but thanks to contributions over the years—especially from Co-op owners—the Fund has increased to a collection of six funds totaling a little over $600,000. The funds grew thanks to the generosity of the Co-op members, employees, and shoppers. For more information, contact Melanie Bettenhausen, CCF Liaison at 826-8670 ext. 132.
How is CCF Funded?
Contributions to CCF come from a variety of sources, such as tax deductible cash donations sent directly to CCF, (c/o Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524), automatic 1% member contributions, and donations through the Register Donation Program (RDP). Co-op shoppers pick a non-profit group’s program number to make a 1% donation. The cashier will automatically add 1% to their grocery bill and designate it to that selected group.
Of course, you can always just write a check to the Cooperative Community Fund at PO Box 750, Arcata, CA 95518 or call (707) 826-8670 ext. 132.
How does CCF support the Community?
CCF is a collection of funds where the fund’s appreciation/earnings are gifted to local non-profit organizations. Co-op employees, members, and shoppers for the past 17 years have given donations directly to CCF to build the endowment, which in turn enables the Fund to underwrite local projects. The funds are distributed as grant awards and special community projects each year.
In developing the grant program, CCF’s goal was to award projects that fulfill its mission. CCF’s Mission Statement reads:
“The Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) is a permanent endowment established and directed by members of the North Coast Cooperative, which awards grants to support projects and the work of community organizations in Humboldt County. Through collaborative grant making the Fund seeks to strengthen the community by emphasizing projects and activities that promote democratic cooperative principles, community development and food security.”
Guidelines to apply for funds are available each September. The deadline to receive proposals for consideration is October 1st.