Co-operatives vs not-for-profits

Co‑operatives are a unique type of business model that share some commonalities with both private corporations and not-for-profit organizations. However, there are some key differences between the three types of organizations in how they are structured and carry on activities. 


In the case of co‑ops and not-for-profit organizations (also called NFP organizations or NFPs), some similarities regarding structure or tax status may be present, but they differ in their organizational setup, how members benefit and how members participate. 


For a more detailed explanation please see our Factsheets Co-ops are Different from Non-Profits , For-profit and Not-for-profit Co-operatives