Apply to Round-Up for Change!

We are excited to open up applications for Mariposa’s 2019-2020 Round-up for Change cycle! Through this initiative, we are 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 donated to a different cause each month.

Philadelphia area community organizations and groups are encouraged to apply for Round-up for Change funding by submitting an application to the Co-op either online or in-store. We invite organizations that applied last year and were not selected to apply again for consideration. Applications will be accepted through July 31st and we’ll begin collecting donations for the first recipient of the cycle on September 1st.

To apply, please review the following information and 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, campaigns, events, etc. 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 once or twice during the month for 1.5-2 hours to speak with shoppers about your organization.

  • Provide photos that represent your organization and its work for promotion on social media and Mariposa’s e-newsletter.

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

You can also download the application and drop off at our Customer Service desk (attn: Owner Services) or mail to:

Mariposa Food Co-op
Attn: Owner Services
4824 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

The Application - Part 2

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.

These materials can be submitted to ownership@mariposa.coop, dropped off at our Customer Service desk (attn: Owner Services), or mailed to the address above.

Thank you for taking the time to review this information and fill out an application! We are excited to support a new group of organizations for our 2019-2020 cycle. Our staff-led Education and Outreach committee will review applications as they are received and will be in touch before the end of August to let organizations know if they have been selected (September recipients may be contacted sooner for planning purposes). If you have questions, please contact ownership@mariposa.coop or 215-729-2121 x03.