Donation Programs at the Co-op

At Berkshire Food Co-op, we believe in giving back to the community. After all, we were created by the community and our success should be everyone's success. Through charitable donations, we turn financial profit into meaningful assistance for local organizations that make life better in southern Berkshire county and the surrounding region. Each year we give back more than $20,000 to our community through our Round Up for Change and Real Good Giving programs.


Round Up for Change

Doing REAL GOOD is a core tenet of our Co-op values. That’s why every customer, every day is asked if they’d like to round up their total to the nearest dollar so their spare change can MAKE BIG CHANGE in our community. Each year, there are twelve recipient organizations that have been democratically selected by our Owners and each month one of those organizations will receive the money raised through our ROUND UP FOR CHANGE program.

As decided by the Owners who voted at the 2018 annual meeting, the organizations that will benefit from your spare change in 2019 are listed below.

Is there an organization you’d like to see on the ballot at the next annual meeting?

Nominate them now and we’ll put them on the ballot!

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations are closed for 2020. The deadline for 2021 nominations is September 25, 2020 at 5pm.

Here are the 2019 Round Up Recipients!

Real Good Giving


We believe in supporting our community.

The Real Good Giving program is a charitable, democratically-run program led by members of our staff representing almost every department of the Co-op. Through charitable donations, we turn financial profit into meaningful assistance for local non-profit organizations that enhance southern Berkshire county and the surrounding region.

What you need to Know

Your organization may be eligible for a Real Good Giving donation if:

  • You’re local. We define local as being located within 100 miles of the Co-op.

  • You’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

  • The mission of your organization aligns with Berkshire Food Co-op’s Ends.

We give equal consideration to all eligible requests.

We will consider supporting events held by individuals, partisan organizations, or organizations that advance any particular religious beliefs if the event is open to the ALL in the southern Berkshire county community.

Past support of your organization or event is not a guarantee of future support. While we would love to continue long traditions of supporting your organization, we also want to be fair.

Due to the volume of applications and the nature of limited budgets, it is not possible for Real Good Giving to fulfill every request for help.

We understand that things come up. Unfortunately, we cannot expedite or make exceptions for requests made after the applicable deadlines. Please submit your application on time.

In receiving a donation, your organization is agreeing to co-marketing opportunities which may include your displaying of the Berkshire Food Co-op logo on printed material, websites, mentions on social media. As well as Berkshire Food Co-op using your logo on social media and in print. We’ll be sure to tell people who you are and what your awesome organization does.


  • Small Donations ($1-$99) The Co-op sets a monthly budget to be distributed as smaller donations, available by request. Such requests should be received by the 15th of the month prior to the date needed or date of the event. Applicants will be notified by the the first day of the month following the receipt of their request.

    • For example: A completed application should be submitted by September 15 for an event held on October 31. Notification will be delivered by October 1.

  • Large Donations ($100+) We also set an annual budget for larger donations to community partners and events. These donations are awarded on a quarterly basis and the deadlines are:

    • August 31, 2019

    • Nov 30, 2019

    • Feb 28, 2020

    • May 31, 2020

Sound good?

Want to Table at the Co-op?

We love that people consider us an essential part of the community! That’s why organizations like to table at the Co-op. It’s a great way to spread the word about the work you’re doing to make life in the Berkshires better!