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We engage with communities and institutions to connect them with innovative strategies, models and training to build community wealth in their neighborhoods.

Research

We build knowledge and leadership for the community wealth building field with cutting-edge research and analysis.

Field Building

We promote & communicate our vision and engage in collaborative partnerships to co-create the community wealth building field.

System Change

We work to raise awareness of the need for systemic change, designing models that better realize fundamental values of equality, democracy, and sustainability.


Our recent work

Community Wealth Building

Fighting inequality with comprehensive and transformative solutions for community economic development.

Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources

The Democracy Collaborative

Fostering resilient communities and building wealth in today’s local economies is necessary to achieve individual, regional, and national economic security. A community wealth building strategy employs a range of forms of community ownership and asset building strategies to build wealth in low-income communities. In so doing, community wealth building bolsters the ability of communities and individuals to increase asset ownership, anchor jobs locally, expand the provision of public services, and ensure local economic stability. 

Democratizing ownership

Developing new models to promote equity and anchor capital in communities.

Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale

Public interest in cooperatives has surged since the global financial crisis, as people cry out for an alternative to business-as-usual. In spite of their many benefits for individuals, businesses, and society, however, cooperatives are not well understood in the United States. The field of worker co-op development is just beginning to create the infrastructure and knowledge base needed to increase its scale and impact. Read more about Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale...

Connecting the Field

Building a stronger network of practice for community wealth builders across the country.

Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building

Our new Learning/Action Lab program helps amplify local capacity to deploy new strategies for building wealth in low-income communities, connecting grassroots leaders with the models and best practices they need for transformative economic development.  Our first cohort of Lab participants is bringing together five Native organizations for ongoing training and consultation as they develop new community-owned enterprises. 

Vision and Strategy

Helping orient our work today as community wealth builders towards the world we want to see tomorrow.

Anchor Institutions

Engaging with eds, meds, and other anchor institutions to help them help communities.

The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs

Steve Dubb, Sarah McKinley and Ted Howard

This study seeks to introduce a framework that can assist anchor institutions in understanding their impact on the community and, in particular, their impact on the welfare of low-income children and families in those communities.

Download the report and learn more about our work to help anchors measure their impact on community wealth.

 

Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission

David Zuckerman, with contributions from Holly Jo Sparks, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard

The Democracy Collaborative’s latest report, Hospitals Building Healthier Communities, provides an in-depth look at six hospitals in five cities that are rethinking their economic and community engagement strategies. These hospitals have recognized that health is more than just treating the patients that come through their doors and are beginning to adopt an “anchor institution mission” that can help build not only more prosperous, but also healthier communities.

Best practices and policy

Resources to advance community wealth building and help it scale.

Community-Wealth.org

Our Community-Wealth.org site is an essential resource for practitioners and policy makers working to build community wealth.  For almost a decade, our site has served as a central clearinghouse for key research and reports from the field, cutting across traditional community development silos and offering a comprehensive guide to local wealth building strategies.   

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