The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a cooperative whose members are co-ops in the Philadelphia region. PACA is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to growing the cooperative economy. Learn more about our members on our Membership page.
Our mission is to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy.
We envision a vibrant and growing network of cooperative enterprises that operate in all sectors of the economy to build a better world—providing essential services, strengthening democratic organizations, creating quality jobs, building community wealth, reducing poverty, strengthening our local economy, protecting the environment and increasing community engagement.
PACA is a member of:
- New Economy Coalition
- National Cooperative Business Association
- Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities
- Data Commons Cooperative
- NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation)
- US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)
Our work growing the cooperative economy in the Philadelphia region is supported by:
- CHS Foundation
- The Cooperative Foundation
- Democracy at Work Institute
- Knight Foundation
- National Cooperative Bank (NCB)
- National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA)
How PACA was formed
The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) was born in the planning stages of the June 13, 2012 conference. In February 2012, a commitment was made to creating a membership organization for area co-ops with a board and staff. In March, PACA formulated its mission: “to improve the Philadelphia region by growing the cooperative economy.”
At the November 2012 Philly Co-op Summit, PACA further discussed its vision, mission, and goals along with its membership structure and governance. A steering committee was elected at this summit. In December 2014, PACA held its first Annual Member Meeting and elected its first board.