A professionally managed endowment fund into which BCC friends and owners can make tax-deductible donations that will benefit cooperatives nationwide as well as local non-profits.
The short answer is that the Community Fund helps us further Cooperative Principe #6: Cooperation Among Cooperatives and Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community.
The longer answer is that in 2011 a group of BCC owners and board members began asking how BCC could help address inequities and disparities in our community. From these discussions, the Social Equity Committee formed.
The Social Equity Committee first researched the possibility of creating a non-profit branch of the Co-op; however it was determined that a better way for us to achieve our goal would be to create a community foundation. In researching various community foundations, the Committee determined that the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation best met our goals, ends, and cooperative principles.
You can donate in-person or online. Donate in-person at any cash register. We accept cash or check (checks should be written out to: TPCF/BCCCF). Donate online by visiting bluff.coop. On our “Community Fund” page, you will find a “donate” button. Clicking this button will take you to the Twin Pines website, where you can donate via PayPal.
Yes. When you donate you will receive a receipt, which can be used for tax purposes.
When you make a donation at the register, you will be given a receipt, which can be used for tax purposes.
Contact the store and we can issue you a new one.
Your money will be sent to the Twin Pines Community Fund, where it will be pooled with donations from over 40 other co-ops. That pool of money is used to fund cooperative projects throughout the country. The interest on the portion of money Bluff Country Co-op puts in will be returned to us annually, and we will donate that interest to a local non-profit.
Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) was founded in 1964 to serve the educational and development needs of cooperatives. Since 1964 TPCF has administered over $2.5 million in grants that facilitate the development of many types of cooperatives, including food coops, credit unions, cable television cooperatives, health cooperatives and housing cooperatives. Special attention is given to the educational and development needs of food cooperatives. To learn more, visit: https://community.coop/
We do! The Bluff Country Co-op Community Fund is administered by a local committee made up of Bluff Country Co-op board members, staff, and owners. This committee chooses which organizations will receive donations. Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) and do work that falls under one or more of the following categories:
- Food and Hunger
If you’re interested in joining this committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your organization is a registered 501(c)(3) and does work that can be categorized as environment, community, food and hunger, or cooperative, please contact email@example.com