Since 1998, the United Community Services Co-op (UCS Co-op) has been delivering for its member-owners a variety of products and services designed to save them money and help them meet their business goals.
Our work and our members together contribute to a growing collaborative culture in the sector.
The UCS Co-op is owned and operated by BC non-profit organizations, foundations and co-operatives, and is run by a team of highly experienced and innovative professionals, consultants and independent contractors. We offer a bridge linking:
local needs to shared opportunities
public policy issues to business realities
An Inspiring Beginning...
The Co-op was created as a solution to a better way to do business together in the non-profit sector. The creation of the United Community Services Co-op gave an independent voice to the non-profit sector. This was a way to create value-based brokering of services and products at advantageous pricing for our members.
The idea of a co-operative of this kind gained momentum through Executive Directors of non-profit organizations. Focus groups, discussions at provincial meetings and other network hubs mobilized the co-op concept. Soon a Steering Committee was appointed.
The Steering Committee incorporated United Community Services Co-op under the Co-operative Association Act of B.C.
Today the Co-op has 100 member organizations... and we continue to change, grow and be responsive to the needs of our members. We definitely are better together!