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What kind of organization is Guilded?
Guilded is a Limited Cooperative Association (LCA) incubated by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Donations run through Guilded’s non-profit 501c3 fiscal sponsor, the Democracy at Work Institute, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
What IS a Limited Cooperative Association?
LCAs are a relatively new entity type offering a balance of flexibility, self-determination, cooperative identity and protection for cooperative principles. LCAs, like traditional corporations, are for-profit, member-owned business structures that adhere to seven widely recognized cooperative principles.
For Private Investors:
The Benefits of Investing in a Limited Cooperative Association
Guilded’s cooperative and LCA model have certain advantages, including:
- Safer returns
- Higher success rate over the long-term
- Greater user trust, based on centering members
- More resilient business model through economic cycles
- Lower workforce attrition and higher employee morale
- More stable governance
- Alignment of interest between members and investors
- Leadership focused on producing long-term value to stakeholders
- Shared profits creates motivated network of user-members
- Positive economic impact in communities
- More transparent and democratic decision-making processes
Return on Investment
Like traditional corporations or LLC’s, LCAs can generate returns for investors. LCAs, as member-owned and democratically-governed entities grow and operate sustainably for the benefit of their members and thus do not set out with the objective of undergoing a liquidity event. Consequently, the primary mechanism for generating a return on investment is through sustainable operations and profitability.