Anchor Institutions

Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities?

Ted Howard and Tyler Norris

Healthcare’s role in creating healthy communities through increasing access to quality care, research, and grantmaking is being complemented by a higher impact approach; hospitals and integrated health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address the social, economic, and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives, and higher costs in the first place.  

Healthcare Small Business Gap Analysis

Jessica Bonanno, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard

Our newest report, Healthcare Small Business Gap Analysis, prepared in partnership with New Orleans based DMM & Associates on behalf of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), outlines procurement practices and supply chain needs of New Orleans healthcare institutions and the capacity local business to fulfill those needs. The report provides recommendations on how to leverage New Orleans’ hospitals’ $1.5 billion in procurement spending to promote greater local procurement and economic inclusion in a city where only 48 percent of African American adult males are in the formal labor force. This report is based on interviews with nearly  50 representatives from area hospitals, additional anchor buyers, technical assistance organizations, small businesses, and other public stakeholders.

The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs

Steve Dubb, Sarah McKinley and Ted Howard

This study seeks to introduce a framework that can assist anchor institutions in understanding their impact on the community and, in particular, their impact on the welfare of low-income children and families in those communities.

Download the report and learn more about our work to help anchors measure their impact on community wealth.

 

The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth

Farzana Serang, J. Phillip Thompson and Ted Howard

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT focuses on the path-breaking Vision 2010 Program implemented in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by University Hospitals System. Over a five year period, the initiative targeted more than $1 billion of procurement locally to create jobs, empower minority- and female-owned businesses, and create a “new normal” for responsible, community-focused business practices in the region.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

With more than 23,000 full-time and part-time workers, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the largest employer in Alabama.  Committed to the broader community, UAB has established the UAB Benevolent Fund, which currently provides support to more than 130 local nonprofits. Through UAB’s Regions Institute for Financial Education, the university also provides financial education to students and the public.

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Founded in 1959, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham connects philanthropists, nonprofits, and engaged leaders to build a stronger, more vibrant future for the Greater Birmingham community.  As of December 2016, the foundation held $259.5 million in assets and had disbursed $18.7 million in grants.  Its grantmaking prioritizes efforts focused on ensuring: 1) communities are sustainable, livable, and vibrant; and 2) individuals and families are economically secure.  To maximize its impact, the foundation also develops and implements large-scale, multi-year regional initiatives, which currently include an effort to reform predatory lending and the development of a city Innovation District.

Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation

A partnership between BJC Health Care (a nonprofit health care organization headquartered in St. Louis that serves residents in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions) and Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation (WUMCRC) aims to improve the quality of life in Forest Park Southeast and the Central West End—neighborhoods that border the medical campus.  Since its formation in the 1990s, the group is credited with investing more than $35 million in Forest Park Southeast and helping to leverage over $1.5 billion in development.  WUMCTC is currently planning a $27 million mixed-income 150-unit housing project.  To encourage BJC and Washington University employees to live in WUMCRC’s focus areas, the nonprofits offer an Employer Assisted Housing Program, which provides forgivable loans to help employees with down payments or closing costs.

The Alternatives: how Preston took back control – podcast

Aditya Chakrabortty
The Guardian

Presented by  and produced by  and The Alternatives: how Preston took back control – podcast. The Guardian looks at the work of the Democracy Collaborative in Preston England: 

To kick off, we hear from Preston city councillor Matthew Brown about the “Preston model”, a new approach to local procurement inspired by a similar initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. In a time of austerity and cuts, how is it that Preston is now seeing an extra £75m being spent in the city?

Listen to the podcast at the Guardian 

Anchors in Resilient Communities: Case Study on East Bay San Francisco ARC project

Emerald Cities Collaborative
Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC)

Published by Emerald Cities Collaborative, this case study is part of the ongoing series Anchors In Resilient Communities (ARC) which highlights lessons learned from anchor collaboratives working to advance climate resiliency. The Democracy Collaborative is a co-founder of ARC. This case study details work in Richmond and East Oakland, California to leverage local anchor procurement, investment, and hiring capacity to support inclusive and sustainable economic development. Participating institutions are working to launch MyCulitver, a cooperatively owned greenhouse and incubator facility.

University of Puget Sound

Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts college with nearly 3,000 students and 750 employees, making it the 27th largest employer in Pierce County.  With an operating budget of $138 million, the University procures $7 million a year from local vendors.  In developing a new dining facility in 2014, the University partnered with the City to install industrial-grade food waste disposers, enabling the waste to be transformed into TAGRO— organic soil products that the city sells to residential and commercial users.  Creating a “full circle,” the University buys TAGRO products, which it uses on its student-run garden that grows produce for campus dining facilities.

Northwest Leadership Foundation

Established in 1989, the Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF) aims to encourage, develop, and strengthen Tacoma’s leadership to create spiritual and social urban transformation.  The faith-based nonprofit has a particular focus on youth and offers programs including youth mentorship and culturally relevant leadership development.  To help ensure more Tacoma residents graduate from college and return home to serve as community leaders, NLF initiated and now coordinates Act Six, Tacoma’s only full-tuition urban leadership scholarship program.  To expand the reach of Act Six, NLF launched Degrees of Change, which now operates as an independent nonprofit organization that works with communities and colleges across the country to create local leadership scholarship programs.

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Established in 1981, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) aims to affect positive social and economic change in Pierce County.  In 2016, the foundation awarded over $7.3 million in grants to nonprofits in the region.  To increase businesses’ access to flexible, affordable funding, GTCF launched an impact investment program in 2014.  The $1.5 million fund strives to generate positive social and financial returns while spurring economic development and job creation.

Henry Ford Health System

Anchored by the 877-bed Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Henry Ford Health System has revenues of more than $5.7 billion, employs more than 30,000 people, and procures more than $650 million from local providers. Henry Ford actively recognizes its position as an anchor institution, working with many partners to increase its impact in the community. Through a multi-institution partnership, Henry Ford has coordinated with Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University to help revitalize Midtown Detroit by encouraging their employees to live, work, and invest in the local community. It also helped found a local business incubator at Wayne State, set active goals to procure from local and diverse suppliers, and used its purchasing power to persuade suppliers to relocate to Detroit. Further still, Henry Ford has helped finance education partnerships for high-risk youth, is focused on acquiring and rehabilitating reclaimed properties, and has helped push local infrastructure improvements.

Opportunities for Public Procurement Post-Brexit

Matthew Jackson

This report published by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), a UK-based think tank focused on progressive economics, discusses the potential to leverage public spending to build community health. The authors detail how local anchor institutions in Manchester and Preston have already re-directed a significant portion of their procurement to local businesses. The report includes recommendations for scaling this approach across the UK, calling for revised legislation that integrates the economic, social, and environmental value of procurement into public purchasing guidelines.