Charities Large and Small Put Their Collective Buying Clout to Work

Charities Large and Small Put Their Collective Buying Clout to Work 1

One Hope United Des Plaines Child Development Center

By joining the Chicago Back Office Cooperative, One Hope United, a child- and family-services charity, saved $885,000 over four years, including nearly $400,000 in 2012.

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One Hope United Des Plaines Child Development Center

By joining the Chicago Back Office Cooperative, One Hope United, a child- and family-services charity, saved $885,000 over four years, including nearly $400,000 in 2012.

In Chicago, a group of nonprofit organizations has been collectively saving a total of $1-million each year, on average, by banding together to buy services and supplies—and any nonprofit can now join them.

The Back Office Cooperative’s 32 affiliated groups use their group purchasing power to save on accounting and financial services, office supplies, telecommunications, insurance, custodial services, even the electricity that lights their facilities. Since it began five