Funding and Organizational Model for Coho US
From: Grace Kim (
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:20:52 -0700 (PDT)
As Alice noted,  "Membership" can be a generic term!

If individuals feel more inclined to become "members", I would encourage 
individuals to consider a donation of $50-100. That is equivalent to many 
annual membership fees for your local zoo or museum. 

If 100 people became "members" that would raise $5000 for the organizations. I 
know some you are capable of a donation of $500 per year. If we had 30 such 
individuals that would raise another $15,000.
And then there are others who could probably give at $1000/year. And if 15 did 
that then we'd raise another $15,000. 

But unlike memberships, where you might get a mug or newsletter, this is truly 
a tax deductible donation.

If we want the organization to succeed and continue its work in advocacy (great 
to see so many new faces from different sectors at the conference) and outreach 
(all our communities benefit from prospective members finding us on the 
website), then we all need to consider a sustaining gift. Might you consider a 
donation of any amount for a 3-year period? And after that, consider renewing 
that pledge for a slightly greater amount.

If we don't all do our part now, we can't complain in a year or two if the 
organization has to fold. (Bill Hartzell share at the conference that the board 
had to consider that in the past 3 years.)  That's like complaining that your 
"favorite" breakfast place closed when you didn't go for breakfast more than 
once a year.

I'd encourage you in joining me to make a multi-year gift to coho US. One that 
you have to think twice about. One that stretches you.

grace h. kim
schemata workshop 
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> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 12:16:50 -0400
> From: Alice Alexander <alicecohous [at]>
> To: Cohousing-l <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Funding and Organizational Model for Coho US
> Message-ID:
> Many thanks to the good comments on a revenue model for sustaining Coho/US.
> To confirm:
> Coho/US is not a membership organization; we are a 501(3) nonprofit
> organization. We do not require membership dues from individuals or
> cohousing communities, and our services as a connector and clearinghouse to
> grow and support cohousing are available to everyone, not just "members."

> . "Membership" can be a generic term!

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