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Username: J Kenney
Date/Time: Thu, November 16, 2000 at 4:21 PM GMT
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Subject: co-op definition


        All organizations, including religious and community groups,  that operate businesses that offer goods or services to their members according to cooperative principles (surplus returned to members based on use of the co-op, democratic control, member ownership and control, voluntary membership, etc.) Using your example:  A religious institution that raises revenue and spends it in support of programs and other efforts that directly or indirectly benefits its congregation is probably not a co-op.  But a religious institution that operates a business -- i.e., child care, housing, financial services -- for use by its members, that adheres to co-op principles, could certainly be a cooperative. 

Jeannine Kenney
Director of Communications


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