Community Wealth Infographics

Based on Ted Howard's remarks to the recent Alternative Models of Ownership conference, we've distilled the eight basic principles behind community wealth building—a transformative approach to local economic development—into this handy one page guide.

This infographic, created by Shelterforce Magazine and adapted from our report Cities Building Community Wealth, uses the seven key drivers of community wealth to illustrate how inclusive development practices can create a new, democratic economy.

This infographic cites exemplary practices already in place at anchor institutions - place-based hospitals and universities - that work towards more inclusive and local hiring practices as a way to build wealth in their surrounding communities.

Community land trusts (CLTs) are nonprofit, community-based organizations that help create permanently affordable housing, build equity, and reduce the displacement that can accompany rapidly rising or falling property values.

An infographic depicting how the members of the Dos Pinos Housing Cooperatives are building wealth in Davis, California.

These are some of the key facts and figures on how community development corporations build community wealth. 


Drawn from our new report, A New Anchor Mission for A New Century: Community foundations deploying all resources to build community wealth.

Our infographic on the impacts and benefits of community development financial institutions.

Our infographic explains how the Cleveland Model functions and how it includes the entire community to keep wealth local.

Our infographic highlights the benefits and impact of cooperatives.

Worker cooperatives are an important part of the community wealth building toolbox, and our new report Worker Cooperatives, Pathways to Scale, authored by Hilary Abell, assesses the state of worker cooperative development in the United States and suggests key strategies and policies for scaling up its impact.

Community land trusts are a key strategy for helping low-income communities build assets through home ownership while mitigating the destructive consequences of irrational, speculation-fueled housing markets. Our new infographic highlights the mechanism behind the community land trust.

There's a groundswell of activity among labor unions exploring worker cooperatives as a way to create and preserve jobs, and one of the most exciting efforts in this growing movement is the development of the "union co-op model."

We first learned about the innovative, multistakeholder Fifth Season Cooperative Wisconson's 7 Rivers region from the community wealth builders at Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems, whom we interviewed for one of the case studies in our report Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission.  The more we learned, the more excited we became...

Many of the benefits of employee ownership are quite apparent. Through owning a portion of stock in her or his company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, an employee is part owner and receives not just income, but has the opportunity to build wealth that would otherwise be unavailable in a traditional workplace.

In 2012, credit unions passed an important milestone: collectively, these cooperatively owned, one-member-one-vote financial institutions hold more than $1 trillion in assets. Taken together, they would equal the fifth largest U.S. bank, knocking Goldman Sachs out of the top five.

A sample assessment of coverage between January and November of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal found ten times more references to caviar than to employee-owned firms, a growing sector of the economy that involves more than $800 billion in assets and 10 million employee-owners—around three million more individuals than are members of unions in the private sector.

This infographic shows the wealth inequality of the top 400 richest Americans compared to the the wealth of 60 percent of Americans.

On May 8th, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host a special event to mark the release of the report The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth, featuring The Democracy Collaborative’s Executive Director Ted Howard.

The decline of union memberships, but an increase in worker-owners in America.

These are the people who will inevitable be creating the next American politics and the next American system.

History is paradoxical: Our politics are stalemated, our economy stagnating. But precisely because of this, literally thousands of new social and economic initiatives suggest the possibility, over time, of literally rebuilding the system from the bottom up.

The highest paid hedge fund manager makes what a household makes over their whole working lives in five minutes.

This infographic shows the general long-term trends of our broken system.

This infographic features a simple network of connections that compose the Cleveland Model.

Our executive director Ted Howard outlined the Anchor Dashboard project for Baltimore's WYPR (listen to the conversation here), spoke to Next City about how comprehensive metrics help produce anchor-led economic development that doesn't result in the unintended effects of gentrification and displacement.