Capacity Building

We believe that the shared control of resources and wealth is a key component to a just society.

We work toward the equitable control of resources through cooperative and other non-exploitative institutions, with a particular focus on Indigenous, Black and Brown communities that have been historically exploited and marginalized. Our partners are community-based institutions, worker-owned cooperatives, local organizing and grassroots campaigns that are building power in New York immigrant communities and communities of color.

We bring to the table creative technical assistance and legal solutions aligned with dismantling racial, economic, and social oppression. The types of services we offer include:

1 –  Worker Cooperatives: Assist with the formation and ongoing legal issues of worker cooperatives, which give workers control over their working conditions, income and economic futures.

2 – Not-for-Profits/ Unincorporated Associations: Assist community-based organizations with incorporation, development of governance documents, and tax-exempt status (501(c)(3)), compliance with other nonprofit, employment, and tax laws, and operational issues, such as fundraising, board development, and the development of effective policies and procedures.

3 – Trainings: Provide legal training for cooperative developers, worker cooperatives, nonprofits and unincorporated groups on such topics as legal entity options, Know-Your-Rights for immigrant-led cooperatives, using governance documents for conflict resolution, tax issues for cooperatives and lobbying.

4 – Policy: Give technical assistance to local campaigns on public policy efforts, including citywide and statewide policies affecting small businesses and worker cooperatives.

5 – Coalitions: Provide technical support to coalitions and organizers on governance, decision making and structure issues.

Interested in working with us?

Download and fill out our intake form for worker cooperatives (here) or nonprofits and unincorporated associations (here) and return it to us by email at capacity@takerootjustice.org or by regular mail.

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Our Work

In the news

FAQ for Immigrant-Owned Worker Cooperatives on Federal Funding Options (Various): General guidance for immigrant worker owners applying for federal funding programs Resources for Worker Cooperatives (New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives): Compilation of resources with a framing toward supporting

Small Business Legal Relief Alliance (Various): Coalition of legal service organizations and law firms providing free telephonic consultations on a range of COVID-19-related issues, including leases, employment, contracts, insurance and taxes FAQ for Small Businesses with Commercial Leases (TakeRoot, VOLS

Setting up a Disaster Relief Fund for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19 (IRS): Resources from the IRS around how to set up a mutual aid fund through a nonprofit corporation, including webinars Resources for New York Nonprofits (Lawyers Alliance New York): Compilation of resources

Our Capacity Building team strengthens the solidarity economy in New York and supports workers as owners and decision makers. In collaboration with our longtime partners, the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives and Green Worker Cooperatives, we legally formed New York