Our Native Circle

Our Native Circle serves as an online community and resource where Native and non-Native community economic development practitioners can come together in force to share, inform, learn and connect. Site members include Native CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions), tribes, Native organizations, individuals, foundations, social entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, trainers and others working in and supporting Native community development.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance takes a comprehensive approach to community building. Its “Rules Library” provides a wealth of practical examples of local legislation that has supported local community wealth-building efforts and can be used as templates for similar efforts in other communities. The ILSR web site also contains many publications on efforts to develop environmentally sustainable businesses as part of a community wealth-building strategy.

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Founded in October 2009, the Institute for New Economic Thinking is a nonprofit that seeks to promote changes to our current economic system and support new paradigms in the understanding of economic processes through conferences, grants and education initiatives.  George Soros has pledged $50 million over ten years to fund this Institute; the majority of the funds will finance grants.

Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

A project of LISC Chicago, the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development works to build the capacity of community development practitioners by providing technical assistance to community development initiatives across the nation, highlighting and developing best practices and supporting public policy that effectively links government programs to community development.  The Institute focuses on a holistic approach that looks beyond single issue, project-based strategies and instead incorporates a broad vision of how local agencies, organizations and institutions can partner to improve a community's quality of life.

Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Formerly known as the National Economic Development and Law Center, the Insight Center has restated its mission as “Helping people and communities become, and remain, economically secure.” The group works across sectors and has had a perspective of race to its work, including a project to expand the impact of experts of color in the savings and asset building field, as well as innovative research that will help strengthen minority- and women-owned businesses.


innovation@cefd is a new resource site launched by CFED, a leading asset-building organization, which hopes to facilitate the next generation of effective strategies to build economic opportunity. The Innovators-in-Residence program will help identify individuals with promising ideas who would benefit from additional monetary and technical support.


Founded in 1999, Demos is a multi-faceted research and advocacy organization that focuses on issues of democracy, the health of the public sector, and the creation of a public realm of debate and ideas. It also has an economic opportunity program that focuses on promoting new ideas in the areas of higher education, income and asset-based policy as means of building wealth among people of low and moderate incomes.


Founded in 1995 and hosted at the University of Toledo, COMM-ORG has evolved into a community of scholars, community organizers, community development workers, and others that looks at a broad array of community wealth building strategies. The website includes a wide range of scholarly articles and links to many other related sites of interest.

Center for Community Capital, University of North Carolina

The Center for Community Capital conducts research on the role of CDCs and CDFIs, with a focus in three areas; 1) Exploring ways to leverage electronic banking technology to create new markets for financial services and savings accumulation opportunities for residents of underserved communities; 2) Supporting community wealth-building through home ownership; and 3) Documenting the business potential of America's urban and rural emerging markets.

Big Ideas for Jobs

An initiative of the University of California, Berkeley with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Big Ideas for Jobs is an effort to tackle unemployment in the short-term. Bringing together more than a dozen experts from a variety of fields, the project tasked them with coming up with job creation ideas that require limited investment and are practical, tested and available to low-skilled workers. In addition to listing the many reports and ideas for this initiative, the website also allows for visitors to submit their own short-term employment ideas to be considered for inclusion in the next Big Jobs report.


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