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About Cafe Sankofa Cooperative

Become a Member of Café Sankofa Cooperative!

Café Sankofa Cooperative is owned, controlled, and used by member-owners—these individuals are invested in helping to maintain a sustainable and thriving cooperative in the South Side community.

Your contribution and continued participation in Café Sankofa Cooperative demonstrate your economic and social commitment to our community. Your investment helps the cooperative to support local farmers, creators, producers, artists, and educators with an intention toward Black owned businesses and Black-led social programs; healthy, affordable, and accessible food initiatives; health and wellness programs; maternal health and reproductive justice programming; community literacy programs; and a radical and justice oriented cooperative economics model rooted in the local South Side community of Syracuse.

Cooperatives are owned and democratically controlled by the people they serve. Being a member-owner is the best way to ensure that Café Sankofa Cooperative continues to meet the needs of the local South Side community—and stays in the South Side community. There are several member-owner types: General, Student, Elder, Premium, Business/Vendor, Investor, and Donor.  Benefits to becoming a member-owner of Café Sankofa Cooperative include:

All Members receive:
  • 10% Discount on all Café purchases
  • One Free Fitness Class per Month
  • Access to rent facility for public and private events
  • Eligibility to run for Board of Directors
  • Eligibility to participate in committees and to attend regular Board meetings
  • Investor Dividends*

Premium Members also receive:
  • 10% Discount on all Café Sankofa sponsored events
  • 10% Discount on Facility Rentals with priority scheduling

In addition to receiving all the benefits listed above, Business/Vendor Members partner with Café Sankofa to sell services and/or merchandise in the space—during the Café hours and during other vendor focused events sponsored by Café Sankofa.  This includes a regular Saturday marketplace.  They will receive regular promotion in all Café Sankofa media and print publications.They will be featured businesses/vendors on the Café Sankofa website.

Members at the Investor and Donor levels will be highlighted and on public display in Café Sankofa and names will be included in a regular publication of the Café Sankofa Cooperative.They receive all of the member benefits and are considered the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors.

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*Cooperatives return to their members a percentage of net profit from owner activity at the end of each fiscal year. These dividends are distributed based on the total amount each individual owner invests/spends at the cooperative throughout the fiscal year.  At the close of the fiscal year, the Board of Directors votes on the Treasurer’s recommendation for investor dividends, and dividends are then distributed to members based on the previous year’s results. Some years the cooperative will have enough net profit to return a portion to member-owners, some years it might not.
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We are rebuilding Cafe Sankofa Cooperative and in order to do so, we need new member-owners!  Our goal is to have 400 new member-owners who will contribute at least $10 monthly by the end of the year.  If 400 people can commit at $10 monthly, the Cooperative will be able to cover all monthly operating costs.
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