Cross-Sectoral

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Neighborhood Development Center

Aiming to help those in historically underserved neighborhoods develop businesses that enrich their economic and social fabric, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) provides culturally competent, integrated business services in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  To date, it has loaned over $13.7 million to more than 570 businesses, participated in the redevelopment of six formerly blighted properties that now house over 120 small businesses, and trained 4,690 aspiring entrepreneurs, 85 percent of whom are people of color.  Its work is credited with returning $73 million to the Twin Cities economy every year.

Cross-Sectoral

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks

This organization, founded in 1985, has followed a local development strategy that includes owning and operating a community kitchen business incubator to support local food production and marketing, a community technology center subsidiary that acts as a business incubator and provides local business with high speed data services, and a community development loan and near equity venture fund. The group has also been a leading advocate of state support for community wealth-building efforts. Read more about Appalachian Center for Economic Networks...

Center for Community-Based Enterprise

Launched in 2006, the Center involves a collaboration of socially oriented investors and business developers who seek to make Detroit a national applied innovation lab for community-based wealth creation strategies. The group's mission is to develop, prototype, and launch strategies to create and support community-based enterprises in Detroit, and to create models that will enable the emergence of similar community-based enterprises everywhere. Read more about Center for Community-Based Enterprise...

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Founded in July 2005, CMRC works to bring together regional labor, business, government, education and community leaders to develop “high road” economic development based on the developing of a high-value added manufacturing economy. The group's work has included the development of a public high school, Austin Polytech, which specializes in training its largely African-American student body that will enable students to graduate with industry-recognized credentials that are in demand by area manufacturers. Read more about Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council...

Coalition for a Livable Future

Through research, policy advocacy, and public education, the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF) works to create and preserve affordable housing; ensure clean water; protect open space, wildlife habitat and farmland; create living wage jobs; provide real transportation choices; and end hunger. CLF work emphasizes a cross-sectoral approach that stresses the interconnections between these issues. Read more about Coalition for a Livable Future...

E2M

Founded in 2000 in Western Massachusetts, E2M (“Economy 2000”) aims to forge a community supporting economic model in which participating businesses agree to: 1) share a percentage of profits (at least 5%) with their employees and 2) contribute a percentage of profits (again, at least 5%) to the community, half of which would go to charitable causes with the remainder helping provide start-up capital for more community-oriented businesses. The group kicked off this effort with the sale of E2M coffee, but, over time, hopes to add a wide variety of product lines. Read more about E2M ...

Good Work

Since 1991, Good Work has trained over 3,000 people in economic literacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills, helping create or strengthen over 850 small businesses and social enterprises in North Carolina. Through business creation, Good Work helps generate jobs and contribute to the community's economic development. Read more about Good Work...

Northland Institute

Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1996, Northland's mission is to develop innovative asset-building strategies for low-income individuals, entrepreneurial non-profits, and community economic development organizations. The Institute is an active participant in national Individual Development Account (IDA) coalitions, promotes social enterprise, and advocates ESOPs as a way to build wealth among asset-poor workers and root businesses more firmly in their communities.  One key initiative it developed and now manages is the Minnesota Community Capital Fund (MCCF), which aims to increase the availability of gap-financing capital for Minnesota businesses by pooling local economic development dollars and accessing national capital markets.  Since its inception in 2003, MCCF has made 91 loans totaling more than $36 million to businesses and nonprofits across the state.

Southern Rural Development Initiative

SRDI was founded in 1994 by rural and community-based stakeholders, led in part by Funders Who Fund in the South, an affinity group of the National Network of Grantmakers (NNG). In its first decade, it developed partnerships with six historically black colleges; helped establish statewide CDC associations in Louisiana, Arkansas, and South Carolina; and supported nine community-based organizations that focused on youth leadership and development. Read more about Southern Rural Development Initiative...

Sprout Fund

Founded in 2001, the Sprout Fund is a nonprofit that works on issues related to civic engagement, talent attraction and retention, public art, and catalytic small-scale funding in Pittsburgh, PA.  Funding Sprout Seed Awards - modest grants that support community-based projects and strategic initiatives - the Sprout Fund has made nearly 200 awards, totaling $1.2 million.  In 2009, it had an operating budget of $1.3 million. Read more about Sprout Fund...

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

Founded in 1996, SAJE has taken a multi-faceted approach to pursuing community wealth building, combining a strong advocacy and community organizing focus with innovative redevelopment strategies, including negotiating community benefits agreements (in which developers agree to provide jobs for local residents in exchange for community support), affordable housing development, and immigrant access to the banking system. Read more about Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)...

Center on Wisconsin Strategy

The Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) is a research and policy center dedicated to improving economic performance and living standards in the state of Wisconsin and nationally. Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an office in Milwaukee, COWS promotes “high-road” strategies that support living wages, environmental sustainability, and innovative local polices that support community wealth building objectives. Read more about Center on Wisconsin Strategy...

Cross-Sectoral

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks

This organization, founded in 1985, has followed a local development strategy that includes owning and operating a community kitchen business incubator to support local food production and marketing, a community technology center subsidiary that acts as a business incubator and provides local business with high speed data services, and a community development loan and near equity venture fund. The group has also been a leading advocate of state support for community wealth-building efforts. Read more about Appalachian Center for Economic Networks...

Center for Community-Based Enterprise

Launched in 2006, the Center involves a collaboration of socially oriented investors and business developers who seek to make Detroit a national applied innovation lab for community-based wealth creation strategies. The group's mission is to develop, prototype, and launch strategies to create and support community-based enterprises in Detroit, and to create models that will enable the emergence of similar community-based enterprises everywhere. Read more about Center for Community-Based Enterprise...

Center on Wisconsin Strategy

The Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) is a research and policy center dedicated to improving economic performance and living standards in the state of Wisconsin and nationally. Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an office in Milwaukee, COWS promotes “high-road” strategies that support living wages, environmental sustainability, and innovative local polices that support community wealth building objectives. Read more about Center on Wisconsin Strategy...

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Founded in July 2005, CMRC works to bring together regional labor, business, government, education and community leaders to develop “high road” economic development based on the developing of a high-value added manufacturing economy. The group's work has included the development of a public high school, Austin Polytech, which specializes in training its largely African-American student body that will enable students to graduate with industry-recognized credentials that are in demand by area manufacturers. Read more about Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council...

Coalition for a Livable Future

Through research, policy advocacy, and public education, the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF) works to create and preserve affordable housing; ensure clean water; protect open space, wildlife habitat and farmland; create living wage jobs; provide real transportation choices; and end hunger. CLF work emphasizes a cross-sectoral approach that stresses the interconnections between these issues. Read more about Coalition for a Livable Future...

E2M

Founded in 2000 in Western Massachusetts, E2M (“Economy 2000”) aims to forge a community supporting economic model in which participating businesses agree to: 1) share a percentage of profits (at least 5%) with their employees and 2) contribute a percentage of profits (again, at least 5%) to the community, half of which would go to charitable causes with the remainder helping provide start-up capital for more community-oriented businesses. The group kicked off this effort with the sale of E2M coffee, but, over time, hopes to add a wide variety of product lines. Read more about E2M ...

Good Work

Since 1991, Good Work has trained over 3,000 people in economic literacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills, helping create or strengthen over 850 small businesses and social enterprises in North Carolina. Through business creation, Good Work helps generate jobs and contribute to the community's economic development. Read more about Good Work...

Northland Institute

Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1996, Northland's mission is to develop innovative asset-building strategies for low-income individuals, entrepreneurial non-profits, and community economic development organizations. The Institute is an active participant in national Individual Development Account (IDA) coalitions, promotes social enterprise, and advocates ESOPs as a way to build wealth among asset-poor workers and root businesses more firmly in their communities.  One key initiative it developed and now manages is the Minnesota Community Capital Fund (MCCF), which aims to increase the availability of gap-financing capital for Minnesota businesses by pooling local economic development dollars and accessing national capital markets.  Since its inception in 2003, MCCF has made 91 loans totaling more than $36 million to businesses and nonprofits across the state.

Southern Rural Development Initiative

SRDI was founded in 1994 by rural and community-based stakeholders, led in part by Funders Who Fund in the South, an affinity group of the National Network of Grantmakers (NNG). In its first decade, it developed partnerships with six historically black colleges; helped establish statewide CDC associations in Louisiana, Arkansas, and South Carolina; and supported nine community-based organizations that focused on youth leadership and development. Read more about Southern Rural Development Initiative...

Sprout Fund

Founded in 2001, the Sprout Fund is a nonprofit that works on issues related to civic engagement, talent attraction and retention, public art, and catalytic small-scale funding in Pittsburgh, PA.  Funding Sprout Seed Awards - modest grants that support community-based projects and strategic initiatives - the Sprout Fund has made nearly 200 awards, totaling $1.2 million.  In 2009, it had an operating budget of $1.3 million. Read more about Sprout Fund...

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

Founded in 1996, SAJE has taken a multi-faceted approach to pursuing community wealth building, combining a strong advocacy and community organizing focus with innovative redevelopment strategies, including negotiating community benefits agreements (in which developers agree to provide jobs for local residents in exchange for community support), affordable housing development, and immigrant access to the banking system. Read more about Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)...

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Neighborhood Development Center

Aiming to help those in historically underserved neighborhoods develop businesses that enrich their economic and social fabric, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) provides culturally competent, integrated business services in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  To date, it has loaned over $13.7 million to more than 570 businesses, participated in the redevelopment of six formerly blighted properties that now house over 120 small businesses, and trained 4,690 aspiring entrepreneurs, 85 percent of whom are people of color.  Its work is credited with returning $73 million to the Twin Cities economy every year.