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February 3, 2020

Leveraging anchor institutions

We are creating a national movement of anchor institutions working together to build community wealth.

We are at the vanguard of a movement to enlist nonprofit anchor institutions like hospitals and universities in the construction of a democratic economy. Now in its third year, our Healthcare Anchor Network brings together over 45 leading hospitals and health systems, collectively employing over 1.5 million people, to advance the anchor mission.

By harnessing the healthcare sector’s economic power and aligning it with the democratic economy, these systems can help address the economic determinants of community health. We work within this network to lift up the boldest innovations—like health systems supporting worker cooperatives or community land trusts—and center them as new norms for the sector.

Partnering with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, in September of 2019 we launched the Anchor Learning Network—35 universities dedicated to advancing the state of community engagement and the anchor mission through peer learning and a common data platform to track impact.

In 2019, we also launched the Anchor Collaborative Network—22 local initiatives in which anchor institutions are working together to amplify their collective impact for a democratic economy.

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