Cooperative Vermont Grant Fund

Cooperative
Fiscal Host: CDI

A collective fund to support cooperative development in Vermont. The funds are allocated on a quarterly basis in a participatory budgeting process by active contributors.

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Financial contributions

Custom contribution

Donation

Make a custom one time or recurring contribution to support this collective.

4 individuals have contributed

Membership

Member (Monthly)

A monthly recurring contribution to stay current as a member of the Cooperative Vermont collectiv... Read more

Starts at

$1 USD / month

1 individual has contributed

Membership

Member (Annual)

An annual recurring contribution to stay current as a Cooperative Vermont collective member. Mi... Read more

Starts at

$12 USD / year

1 individual has contributed

Top financial contributors

1

Matt Cropp

$60 USD since Oct 2019

2

Nico Lustig

$60 USD since Mar 2020

3

Leo Sammallahti

$20 USD since Feb 2020

4

Elias K Gardner

$3 USD since Mar 2020

Budget

See how money openly circulates through Cooperative Vermont Grant Fund. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

Monthly financial contribution to Cooperative Vermont Gra...

Elias K Gardner | 06/03/2020 | View Details 
+$1.00USD

Monthly financial contribution to Cooperative Vermont Gra...

Elias K Gardner | 05/03/2020 | View Details 
+$1.00USD

Monthly financial contribution to Cooperative Vermont Gra...

Elias K Gardner | 03/21/2020 | View Details 
+$1.00USD

Today’s balance

$122.55 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $127.68 USD

Cooperative Vermont Grant Fund is all of us

Our contributors 6

Everyone who has supported Cooperative Vermont Grant Fund. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Matt Cropp
Collective Admin

Total contributions

$60 USD

Let's build a stronger co-op economy in Vermont!

David Gowler
Collective Admin

Representative of CDI, our fiscal host

Nico Lustig
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$60 USD

Leo Sammallahti
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$20 USD

Elias K Gardner
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$3 USD

Member (Monthly)

About

Cooperative Vermont is a network of co-ops, aligned non-profits, and individuals who support the development and growth of Vermont's cooperative economy. It is a self-governing fiscally-sponsored project of the Cooperative Development Institute.

Membership:
Voting members of Cooperative Vermont make a recurring donation of at least $1/month or $12/year for individuals, and $5/month or $60/year for organizations. Contributions are made via the Cooperative Vermont Grant Fund Open Collective page, which is fiscally sponsored by the Cooperative Development Insitute.

If a member engages in behavior that has the potential to cause serious harm to the organization or individuals in it, they may be removed by a 2/3s secret ballot vote of the membership, held in a secret sub-group that does not include the member in question.

Core Activities:
  • Grant Fund: Each quarter, members in good standing participate in a participatory budgeting exercise to allocate the balance of funds in Open Collective. Members and community members are invited to submit ideas for uses of funds that contribute to Vermont's co-op economy and community, and then a dot vote is held in which each participant will distribute dots to reflect their preferred allocation of funds. The results are reviewed by the admin team, which uses them to inform a final proposal which is put to the members for ratification. Once ratified, funds are disbursed for the approved purposes.
  • Cooperative Vermont Communications: Over the past decade, "Cooperative Vermont" has developed a number of communications channels, including a Facebook page, Twitter account, Youtube channel, and Mailchimp list. Members in good standing may request to be granted posting permissions on Cooperative Vermont's communications platforms by joining the Communications Committee. Appointment to the Communications Committee requires a majority vote of the membership, and appointments must be renewed every three years.
Voting: Binding decisions for the group are made on Loomio. Unless otherwise specified, votes remain open for seven (7) days, and require a majority vote of those voting to pass.

Roles/Committees: The intention of this project is to maximize impact while minimizing overhead, but there's nonetheless some key work that needs to be done. To take on those tasks, there are two standing committees, which each coordinate their work in a sub-group  A committee member may be removed by a majority vote of the membership. 

  • Admin Committee:
    • Responsibilities:
      • Interface with Fiscal Sponsor.
      • Manage grant process.
      • Administration of Open Collective page.
    • Election: Members in good standing may be elected to the administration committee by a majority vote of the membership. Admin committee members are appointed for a three year term, and volunteers will be asked for annually. The maximum size of the Admin Committee is five, and the size may be adjusted at any time by a majority vote of the membership.
    • Current Members:
      • Matt Cropp [Appointed as first member 2/2/2020]
  • Communications Committee:
    • Responsibilities:
      • Development and updating of media policies.
      • Post content to communications channels, and moderate comments on said channels.
    • Elections: Members in good standing may self-nominate to join the communications committee, and are appointed for a three year term upon election by a majority vote.
    • Current Members:
      • Matt Cropp [Appointed as first member 2/2/2020]