Highlighted Publications

July 2014

2014

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz, "After Piketty, the ownership revolution," Al Jazeera America, June 17, 2014.

In an Al Jazeera article Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz presents a critical perspective of Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century— emphasizing how democratizing ownership of capital can address the vast wealth inequalities that Piketty so powerfully documents.

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz and Michael Shuman, "The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities," Solutions, May 2014.

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz joined BALLE co-founder Michael Shuman in a conversation on how to build sustainable communities.

2014

*NEW* Gareth Potts, The New Barnraising, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC: May 2014.

This new toolkit from the German Marshall Fund offers policies and practices to empower communities to preserve civic assets such as public parks, libraries, and recreation centers in the face of public and private resource constraints. Based on research conducted in Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Baltimore, the guide offers a range of strategies to raise money, awareness, and community involvement for the preservation of community assets.

2014

*NEW* Jane Duong, Alvina Condon, Katie Taylor, Marisabel Torres, Lindsay Daniels and Valerie R. Wilson, Banking in Color: New Findings on Financial Access for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities, Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities (ASOC), May 2014.

The Alliance for Stabilizing our Communities — a collaboration between National CAPACD (Coalition of Asian and Pacific Americans for Community Development), the National Council of La Raza, and the National Urban League — has released the findings of a national survey of bank account ownership and use in communities of color. To reduce continued disparities and close the financial services access gap, the coalition recommends a multi-faceted approach that combines technological innovation, bricks-and-mortar bank branches in communities of color, financial education, and asset building programs.

Kathleen P. Enright, Jeffrey Bradach, Abe Grindle, Katie Merrow, Patrick T. McCarthy, Michael Smith, Carla Javits, Daniel Cardinali, Dr. Robert K. Ross, Nancy Roob, Jane Wei-Skillern and Lori Bartczak, Smarter Philanthropy for Greater Impact: Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale, Grantmakers for Effective Philanthropy, Washington, DC: February 2014.

A wide range of non-profit leaders, including Carla Javits of REDF, Michael Smith of the Social Innovation Fund, Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment discuss ways to scale impact in this Grantmakers for Effective Philanthropy report. Among the key findings for funders: provide flexible, long-term support; invest in capacity building; fund data collection and analysis; and support movements (and not just organizations)

Steve Dubb and David Zuckerman, Building Community Wealth: An Action Plan for Northwest Jacksonville, College Park, MD: The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, June 2014.

This report, prepared by the Democracy Collaborative and submitted to the City of Jacksonville, Florida, highlights key strategic opportunities to leverage existing assets to build wealth in a neighborhood facing concentrated poverty and disinvestment.

*NEW* Peter Dreier, Saqib Bhatti, Rob Call, Alex Shwartz and Gregory Squires, Underwater America, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA: May 8, 2014, 1-40.

Measuring how communities have recovered from the national foreclosure crisis, the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, has analyzed the concentration of underwater homes by race and income. The findings reveal geographic “hotspots” of underwater homes and how the legacy of predatory lending has concentrated these homes in African American and Latino communities. The report recommends a range of loan restructuring strategies to assist severely impacted communities.

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz, "After Piketty, the ownership revolution," Al Jazeera America, June 17, 2014.

In an Al Jazeera article Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz presents a critical perspective of Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century— emphasizing how democratizing ownership of capital can address the vast wealth inequalities that Piketty so powerfully documents.

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz and Michael Shuman, "The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities," Solutions, May 2014.

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz joined BALLE co-founder Michael Shuman in a conversation on how to build sustainable communities.

*NEW* Gareth Potts, The New Barnraising, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC: May 2014.

This new toolkit from the German Marshall Fund offers policies and practices to empower communities to preserve civic assets such as public parks, libraries, and recreation centers in the face of public and private resource constraints. Based on research conducted in Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Baltimore, the guide offers a range of strategies to raise money, awareness, and community involvement for the preservation of community assets.

*NEW* Jane Duong, Alvina Condon, Katie Taylor, Marisabel Torres, Lindsay Daniels and Valerie R. Wilson, Banking in Color: New Findings on Financial Access for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities, Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities (ASOC), May 2014.

The Alliance for Stabilizing our Communities — a collaboration between National CAPACD (Coalition of Asian and Pacific Americans for Community Development), the National Council of La Raza, and the National Urban League — has released the findings of a national survey of bank account ownership and use in communities of color. To reduce continued disparities and close the financial services access gap, the coalition recommends a multi-faceted approach that combines technological innovation, bricks-and-mortar bank branches in communities of color, financial education, and asset building programs.

Kathleen P. Enright, Jeffrey Bradach, Abe Grindle, Katie Merrow, Patrick T. McCarthy, Michael Smith, Carla Javits, Daniel Cardinali, Dr. Robert K. Ross, Nancy Roob, Jane Wei-Skillern and Lori Bartczak, Smarter Philanthropy for Greater Impact: Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale, Grantmakers for Effective Philanthropy, Washington, DC: February 2014.

A wide range of non-profit leaders, including Carla Javits of REDF, Michael Smith of the Social Innovation Fund, Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment discuss ways to scale impact in this Grantmakers for Effective Philanthropy report. Among the key findings for funders: provide flexible, long-term support; invest in capacity building; fund data collection and analysis; and support movements (and not just organizations)

Steve Dubb and David Zuckerman, Building Community Wealth: An Action Plan for Northwest Jacksonville, College Park, MD: The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, June 2014.

This report, prepared by the Democracy Collaborative and submitted to the City of Jacksonville, Florida, highlights key strategic opportunities to leverage existing assets to build wealth in a neighborhood facing concentrated poverty and disinvestment.

*NEW* Peter Dreier, Saqib Bhatti, Rob Call, Alex Shwartz and Gregory Squires, Underwater America, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA: May 8, 2014, 1-40.

Measuring how communities have recovered from the national foreclosure crisis, the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, has analyzed the concentration of underwater homes by race and income. The findings reveal geographic “hotspots” of underwater homes and how the legacy of predatory lending has concentrated these homes in African American and Latino communities. The report recommends a range of loan restructuring strategies to assist severely impacted communities.