Community Wealth Blog
This position would support The Democracy Collaborative’s Community Wealth Building Initiative—community-wealth.org—with a primary focus on connecting the fields of community economic development, public health and healthcare. This position offers a unique opportunity to advance innovative, multi-sector policy and best practices that can have a transformative impact on local economies and low-income communities.
Community Foundations in Pacific Northwest Expand Impact through Collective Impact Investing
If you’re planning to host foodies for a holiday dinner this winter, you’ve probably already got your eye on the nearest farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA), or co-op bakery. You know these are where you’ll find the freshest, most sustainably grown foods. Luckily for you, and for all of us, the opportunities to shop in this way are expanding daily.
How Community Foundations Can Accelerate Social Change
The time is now for community foundations to embrace a new vision that accelerates social progress and rebuilds local wealth.
The good news is that a new roadmap for community foundations is contained in a just-published report byThe Democracy Collaborative, A New Anchor Mission for a New Century: Community Foundations Deploying All Resources to Build Community Wealth.
Democracy Collaborative Offers Paid Year-Long Junior Fellowship in Communications and Research
The Democracy Collaborative, a national research institute developing new strategies to build community wealth and exploring systemic transformations to a more democratic economy, is pleased to announce a one-year paid Junior Fellowship. The selected candidate will work alongside our communications and research teams.
Looking towards the next century of community foundations
This year, community foundations turned 100. But while the hundreds of placed-based philanthropic institutions in cities and towns across the country have much to celebrate, they also have much to worry about.
City Halls Help Plant Seeds for Community Co-ops
What do Austin, New York City and Denver have in common? All three cities voted to support the development of cooperatives for the first time this year. The amounts are modest, but the trend is clear—mayors and economic development leaders are beginning to add cooperatives and community wealth building to the economic development toolbox.
Infographic: Impact of CDFIs
Our infographic on the impacts and benefits of community development financial institutions.
Infographics: Community Foundations and the "New Anchor Mission"
Drawn from our new report, A New Anchor Mission for A New Century: Community foundations deploying all resources to build community wealth.
Fostering the Power of Universities and Hospitals for Community Change
Communities across the country are recognizing the tremendous resources nonprofit anchor institutions—such as hospitals and universities—can provide as engines of inclusive and equitable economic development. Increasingly, cities—often led by Mayors—are launching comprehensive strategies to leverage these institutions to address challenging problems of unemployment, poverty, and disinvestment.
How a worker cooperative factory is helping bring textile manufacturing back to North Carolina
Opportunity Threads is a worker cooperative cut and sew factory in Morganton, North Carolina. Started in late 2008, it’s an inspiring example of how democratic ownership in manufacturing can create jobs, empower workers, and even rebuild the value chains that sustain a community economically. To find out more about their story, we talked with Molly Hemstreet, the organizer, developer, and now worker-owner who got the ball rolling.
Local policies for building community wealth
At the Democracy Collaborative, we’re interested in finding ways to build community wealth at scale — that is, in finding ways to anchor capital, democratise ownership, and stabilise local economies to really make a difference in the lives of low-income communities that find themselves marginalised by the current paradigm of economic development.
Democracy Collaborative Offers Paid Year-Long Junior Fellowship
We are pleased to announce that we are looking for candidates for our Junior Fellowship position that focuses on the Community-Wealth.org newsletter, maintaining web content, and assisting with research. For further details, please see the position description below. Deadline for applications extended to October 9th!