Introducing Round-Up for Change!

We are excited to introduce Mariposa’s Round-up for Change program!  Through this initiative, we will be able to directly support community organizations and groups in our neighborhood when shoppers “round-up” their total purchase to the nearest dollar. The extra change is then donated to a different cause each month.

Philadelphia-area community organizations and groups were encouraged to apply for “round-up” funding by submitting an application to the Co-op either online or in-store. Applications were accepted through August 13th. Round-Up for Change launched on September 1st.

If your organization is interested in applying in the future, please review the following criteria:

Mariposa Food Co-op’s Ends Statements:

  1. Mariposa is a welcoming, accessible, and affordable cooperative.
  2. Mariposa is a community in which systems of oppression have been dismantled.
  3. Mariposa has policies and practices that support environmentally and economically sustainable food systems.
  4. Mariposa is a model for good jobs and workplace democracy.
  5. Mariposa’s community members care for one another; we are all connected.

Preference will be given to organizations that are:

  • Local to West Philly or acting for Philadelphia as a whole
  • Using this funding for specific projects rather than general operating costs.

Non-profit 501c(3) organizations are encouraged to apply, although having certified non-profit status is not required. Organizations with a fiscal sponsor or other recognized certifications (Benefit corporation, certified B Corp, etc.) will also be considered in the application process.

Groups must be nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory.


Your organization’s primary objective must be one of the following:

  • Promotes nutritious foods and healthy diets.
  • Promotes food justice and/or social justice.
  • Encourages environmental responsibility.
  • Serves as a cooperative organization.
  • Serves Mariposa’s immediate neighborhood and community
  • Supports local education initiatives.
  • Promotes and contributes to urban agriculture and/or the local food economy.
  • Promotes grassroots, community organizing and development.

We will not consider donations for the following causes:

  • Political groups that do not align with Mariposa’s values
  • Political parties and/or specific candidates
  • Third-party fundraisers
  • Fraternal groups
  • Individuals
  • Mariposa does not donate for religious purposes, but programs of religious organizations may qualify.

If selected, we ask that you:

  • Provide printed promotional materials for the store.
  • Table twice during the month for two hours to speak with shoppers about your organization. 
  • Provide photos with descriptions that represent your organization and its work for promotion on social media and in our e-newsletter.
  • Spend 15-20 minutes training our cashiers at the Co-op, answering questions and clarifying talking points about your organization.

Please note: In the event of an emergency requiring funds (a natural disaster, for example), Mariposa may elect to donate funds from a long weekend of your assigned month to an organization providing relief for this emergency.

The Application - Part 1

The application for the 2018-2019 Round-Up for Change season has closed. We will begin accepting applications for 2019-2020 starting mid-summer of 2019. Thank you to all who applied!

You may review the full application here, however we will not be accepting additional applications at this time.

The Application - Part 2

Please Explain the following in no more than one page:

  • Your organization's mission.
  • How will these funds be used within your organization? Is this donation time sensitive? Will you be using these funds for a specific campaign or month?
  • How does your organization align with Mariposa's ends and values?

Additionally, please provide the following materials (physical copies or digital copies are accepted): 

  • Your 501(c)3 certification, if applicable. If you are not a 501(c)3 organization but have other credentials, please provide this with your application.

  • 1-2 supporting materials such as a brochure, flyer, or annual report.