Re: Funding and Organizational Model for Coho US
From: Kathryn McCamant (kmccamantCOHOUSING-SOLUTIONS.COM)
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 06:14:15 -0700 (PDT)
I don't know why it needs to be one or the donations and
individual, and I expect it actually is.. When we get notice of our annual
"community membership" payment (really really need an annual invoice or
reminder of some sort), I try to use the opportunity to put it on a
community meeting agenda to talk about the association so that more people
know about it and understand what it does. We have fund for the assocation
in our HOA budget.

But, that does not mean that the association should not try to cultivate
individual donors also.

I think there are a lot of people living in cohousing who will never
attend a conference but support the association and are glad there is a
national network and website... especially for resales.

Kathryn McCamant, President

Nevada City Cohousing
CoHousing Solutions
241B Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755

On 6/5/15, 5:08 AM, "Fred-List manager" <fholson [at]> wrote:

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>Sharon Villines wrote:
>>To my knowledge the funding and organizational model for Coho US is a
>>community membership model. I think it is because it based on a
>>fundamentally flawed assumption ? that cohousing communities have a
>>commitment to the cohousing movement.
>>Most members of my community have no knowledge of the national cohousing
>>organization or any interest in a movement. It isn't a cause. I was
>>when I joined this group that people were not expected to read at least
>>of the books on cohousing. Some if not many had no knowledge of other
>>cohousing communities. They saw the flyer on a bulletin board somewhere,
>>thought it sounded like something interesting, and it matched their
>>political and social ideals. They moved in because they wanted to live
>>not to join a movement. They have their own movements.
>>And we have the #1 cohousing advocate and activist Ann Zabaldo living in
>>midst. We are a member of the national organization primarily because she
>>advocates it. And once a budget item is in the budget, it tends to stay.
>>So a membership organization supported by communities is probably not the
>>model that will ever work. More communities will probably not provide the
>>level of support the movement needs.
>Totally agree. Other than one conference held locally while we were in
>development - which just about all our members attended - only one other
>person in my community besides me has attended a Coho/US conference since
>moved in twelve years ago. My neighbors are VERY active in all sorts of
>political, social, and spiritual movements...but NOT the cohousing movement.
>Cohousing is the place they come home to (and often hold their committee
>meetings and fundraisers).
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