What is a fair price to pay for membership? Co-op Values support our approach of charging a membership fee that is appropriate to someone’s ability to pay. All prospective members are not in the same financial situation! As a community, we do not need to charge everyone the same membership fee to treat other members equally. In fact, Co-operatives are based on values of social-responsibility and caring for others and we trust members to help each other by purchasing the number of membership shares that are appropriate to their life situation. Treating members as equals means acknowledging each of us has equal value as a member irrespective of our finances.