The Seven Cooperative Principles
Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to
all persons able to use their services and willing
to accept the responsibilities of membership,
without gender, social, racial, political or
Democratic Member Control
are democratic organizations controlled by their
members, who actively participate in setting their
policies and making decisions. Men and women serving
as elected representatives are accountable to the
membership. Members have equal voting rights--one
member, one vote.
Members Economic Participation
contribute equitably to, and democratically control,
the capital of their cooperative. In proportion to
their transactions with the cooperative, members
allocate surpluses to develop the cooperative and
support other activities approved by the membership.
Autonomy and Independence
are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled
by their members. If they enter into agreements with
other organizations, including governments, or raise
capital from external sources, they do so on terms
that ensure democratic control by their members and
maintain their cooperative autonomy.
Education and Information
provide education about cooperatives for their
members, elected representatives, managers and
employees so they can contribute effectively to the
development of their cooperatives. They inform the
general public--particularly young people and
opinion leaders--about the nature and benefits of
Cooperation among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively
and strengthen the cooperative philosophy by working
together through local, national, regional and
Concern for Community
While focusing on
member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable
development of their communities through policies
accepted by their members.
We embrace and live by these
Statement of Nondiscrimination
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Inc. is the recipient of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the USDA which provide that no person in the United States shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization’s programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap.
The person responsible for this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance is Duane Ziller, the manager of Human Resources and Safety.
Any individual or specific class of individuals who feel that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from, and or file a written complaint with the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 80250 or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, D.C. 80250. Complaints must be files within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.