Northcountry Cooperative Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1999 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our mission is to “transform lives and communities through cooperative enterprise.” We carry out this mission by providing technical assistance and cooperative education to cooperative organizations. From our inception, we have been innovative and entrepreneurial, seeking out creative, socially organized approaches to challenging problems.
We act on our mission primarily by helping residents of manufactured housing communities organize cooperatives, carry out a shared purchase of the land beneath their homes, and support them in the governance, oversight, and completion of infrastructure and other special projects in their resident-owned communities. As one of several cooperative development centers around the country, we also deliver ongoing education, organizational development, and support for worker cooperatives, youth cooperatives, and food cooperatives.
Our service area consists of five states in the Upper Midwest: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Since 2002, we have focused on resident ownership in manufactured home communities. Our work is modeled after a successful thirty-year-old initiative in New Hampshire, which in May 2008 was organized into a national social enterprise called ROC USA™.