Learn more about Community Purchasing Alliance, our cooperative, and how to become a member here. If you have more questions, please feel free to email Felipe at email@example.com.
Need help with Snow Removal?
Here is our 3 Top Tips: (1) Clarify expectations with those who do your snow removal long before the first flakes fall. (2) Have the right supplies on hand. (3) Ensure you have a contract that protects your interests. Read more in our 3-page CPA Snow and Ice Removal Guide.
Does the ice melt you’re using kill pets? What about your pavement? Check out the Ice Melt Comparison chart on page 3.
How can I help CPA grow?
Can I participate without being a member?
Yes, we allow limited participation before becoming a member to help you experience the benefits of working with CPA. Just sign up for one of the offerings to begin the process.
How much will I save?
It depends on the size of your organization and your participation. In 2015, members saved an average of $12,500. For a large organization (like a 500+ student school) participating in 3 or more areas, we expect savings to be around $25,000. For a smaller organization participating in 2 or 3 areas, savings may be closer to $5,000, but it all depends on your current arrangements. We’ve saved some folks $25,000 in one area alone and a couple organizations have saved over $100,000. However, many organizations join CPA for the relationships, the quality of the contracts we help negotiate, the on-going service and accountability and the savings are just the icing on the cake.
I'm new to CPA, where should I start?
Identify 2 or 3 offerings that you’re interested in and get started. We recommend trying electric or gas, solar, and waste hauling as good starting points. Or if you’re looking for a new copier or better pricing and service for supplies, try those areas first. Simply fill out the appropriate interest form and we’ll be in touch with next steps.
I hear CPA is a coop. How is a cooperative different?
Cooperatives are member-owned organizations. As a result, we’re able to keep your interests at the core of who we are. In other words, we operate for the benefit of your organization. We’re also democratically governed, meaning that our members elect our Board. You can read more about cooperatives fromNCBA or ICA or CoopDC.org.
How does CPA find and evaluate vendors?
CPA gets recommendations from it’s members and then facilitates a competitive request for proposals to identify the top performing vendors and then evaluates them based on a pricing, terms, service quality, and a set of social and environmental criteria.
How does CPA develop new offerings?
Usually, we have a member or two lead the process in collaboration with CPA staff. For example, copier leasing and landscaping were developed by the initiative of members who were seeking a new vendor in each of those areas. CPA helped facilitate the process with the larger group of organizations, but the individual member organizations took the lead.
What new areas is CPA developing?
We’re in the process of implementing new programs in janitorial and security services. We’re also in the early stages of building new offerings in energy efficiency/upgrade services, HVAC maintenance services, and are also exploring elevator maintenance and telecommunications.
How do I join as a member?
Our process is simple. Just review, sign, and return our Membership Agreement! Feel free to email Felipe with any questions.