Time was tight. Sign or don’t sign? The organization that would soon become the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) had just emailed a draft contract that would save twelve religious institutions over $100,000 on their annual energy bills. The congregations had two hours to review and sign.Read More
CPA Co-op is growing! Building on our success in DC, we are launching a new co-op in Durham, North Carolina.Read More
CPA helps 21 community institutions (mostly schools) procure $2.5 million per year in security staffing. Hourly rates range from $30-50 per hour for armed guards & off-duty police offers. More consistent scheduling (i.e. 20hrs/week), helps secure lower rates.Read More
Dear Friends, Members, Colleagues & CPA community,
When I was growing up, acts of mass violence and hate felt far away and infrequent. This week's violence, with the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, hits closer to home.Read More
What I’ve learned over the past 8 years, is that electricity contracts aren’t people focused, but they do want help getting it done. And ideally, they’d like it done right.Read More
I watched the clean energy movement fall short in 2009 as climate policy failed to pass in the US Senate by one vote. After over a decade of work in energy analysis and procurement, I believe this movement failed because it did not have a clear understanding of how the utility sector works.Read More
I'm Jessica Johnson, the new Regional Director at CPA. My role here is to be more available to our current members and participants, create new programs that meet your needs, and expand our membership in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
When we started CPA in 2013, it was an experiment. Could we save members time and money AND create an entity that funds itself AND have meaningful social and environmental impacts?Read More
Dear DC Charter School Administrators,
We have good news!
The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has made procurement compliance submission requirements much better. For the past few years, many of you have told us how ambiguous exactly what you are supposed to submit is for utility contracts and other brokered deals. Of course, many would point to the footnotes 12 and 13 that highlighted some exemptions, but still the policy wasn’t clear.Read More
It’s official: 2016 was CPA’s most successful year to date! With over $1,070,000.00 in savings, 10 million kWh converted to clean energy, 23 new member organizations, and three new staff members, it is little wonder that we’ve captured the attention of nonprofits and vendors across the DMV area.Read More
Who We Are
We believe that the future of nonprofit facilities management can be transformed with the power of group procurement and strategic sourcing. The Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) has already changed the way that 160 schools and churches think about their utilities, service contracts and vendor relationships, and we’re hiring a hungry and experienced Regional Director to level us up.Read More
CPA is organizing a Request for Proposals for security services on behalf of our DC Public Charter Schools including Chavez Schools, EL Haynes, Thurgood Marshall Academy, IDEA PCS, Meridian PCS, KIPP DC, and Friendship PCS.Read More
Our Annual Meeting is upon us!
Please join us on Tuesday, March 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. for our Annual Meeting.Read More