Our experienced and knowledgeable staff offers guidance throughout every step of the planning and financing of educational facilities—utilizing innovative technology, out-of-the-box problem solving methods, and inspiration from the best practices across the country. It is our mission to build long-term relationships with our clients and provide them with resources and services for any and all of their needs along the way. This commitment allows our clients the peace of mind to focus on their core mission of educating students.
Programs and services[ edit ] Linking and networking activities[ edit ] NASCO acts as the organized voice of the "group-equity" cooperative housing movement, both in terms of bringing together student and community co-op activists,  and in maintaining relationships with national cooperative organizations, including the National Cooperative Business Association and the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada.
Training and consulting[ edit ] NASCO works with its members and the general public on a variety of more extensive training and consulting activities. The NASCO staff visits Active Member groups at least once every two years, providing free consultation and training on a variety of topics as a member service.
NASCO holds numerous workshops with topics including meeting process, board roles and responsibilities, planning, staff relations, marketing, diversity awarenessconflict resolutionfacilitationconsensus decision-makingand organizational development for new cooperatives.
Recent consulting efforts have included general manager evaluation assistance, business plan development, and expansion assistance. Other on-site consulting has included work on governance systems, accounting systems, maintenance planning, member recruitment, and participation strategies.
The newsletter articles are written by and for co-op members. Regional activity[ edit ] NASCO supports and assists, to varying degrees, regional networking and training opportunities for co-op members and staff.
Paul, and in the Northeast, co-ops meet annually for workshops and social events, where they can discuss issues pertinent to their co-ops. This is a multiday conference, most of which is spent in workshops, skillshares, and caucuses.
The courses cover topics of interest to participants in the cooperative movement and progressivism in general.
There is typically a guest speaker and an annual theme. Action Camp[ edit ] The Action Camp, held each August, provides an intensive training environment for leaders and active members of housing co-ops, worker collectives, and other democratically run communities. NASCO Development Services provides an array of development services including assistance in pre-development activities, financial assistance, and start-up assistance.
The Kagawa Fund, named for Toyohiko Kagawaprovides loans and technical assistance to new and existing housing cooperatives.
Its first property was the House of Commons, a 21 bedroom student house in Austin, Texas. It acquired the title from an ailing student housing co-op, ICC-Austin, with the purpose of keeping the building in the affordable cooperative housing sector.
Staff members visit each leasing co-op at least three times per year to help with finances, maintenance, and other problems or issues that may arise.Co-operative Enterprise Module description.
Summary: In this module, students work in groups to develop a co-operative business plan that could be launched on graduation. Malvern Book Co-operative: Executive Summary Malvern Book Co-operative (MBC) is seeking to establish a book retailing business in Malvern town centre.
North American Students of Cooperation; Type. Cooperative federation: Founded: Recent consulting efforts have included general manager evaluation assistance, business plan development, and expansion assistance.
It reports on NASCO's activities and provides updates on co-operative news. The newsletter articles are .
Lend Your Voice to Student Choice. How has working with your credit union to fund your education impacted you? Share Your Story. CO-OP BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATE VISION A vision is a picture that vividly represents what the co-operative enterprise can become in the future.
This is a list of notable co-operative enterprises by country. Co-operatives are business organizations owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit.  For a list of Co-operative Federations, please see List of co-operative federations.