Anchor Institutions

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.

Democratising Ownership to Address Wealth Inequality

Ted Howard

The Democracy Collaborative's testimony to the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice on how to bring about a thoroughgoing democratisation of our political economy.

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.

Higher Education’s Anchor Mission: Measuring Place-Based Engagement

Emily Sladek

Our new report, Higher Education's Anchor Mission, examines how an ongoing—and expanding—effort to track the impact of colleges and universities on the financial and social well-being of their surrounding neighborhoods is helping these anchor institutions align their resources to build stronger community partnerships and create more inclusive local economies.

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT

This new report from Race Forward focuses on the need to develop race-explicit strategies to advance equity in the fields of healthcare and information technology. While these sectors are growing quickly, many career pathways remain inaccessible to people of color in low-income communities due to patterns of discrimination and disinvestment. The report provides recommendations for workforce development practitioners to advance racial equity, both at the organizational level and across the field. 

The Anchor Mission Playbook

Rush University Medical Center
with support from Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), the Civic Consulting Alliance, and The Democracy Collaborative

Anchor institutions can play a key role in helping the low-income communities they serve by better aligning their institutional resources—like hiring, purchasing, investment, and volunteer base—with the needs of those of communities. The recommendations in this “playbook,” drawn from research carried out to help Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) align around its Anchor Mission, are being published to help other hospitals and health systems accelerate their own efforts to drive institutional alignment with community needs.

Is 'Going Local' the Secret to Economic Development?

J.B. Wogan
Governing

In Governing, a look at how Mayor Ras Baraka is championing a movement to hire locally in Newark, NJ.

“We think this could take off in lots of different communities," says Ted Howard, president of the Democracy Collaborative, a national nonprofit focused on economic development in urban areas. “We’re going to be promoting it."

Anchored In Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies

Katherine Pease

Published by the Anchor Institutions Funders’ Group, part of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, this new report assesses how funders are working with anchor institutions to support community health and well-being. The report includes case studies from Albuquerque, NM, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Denver, CO and the Twin Cities, MN, and details how funders have moved beyond their traditional grant making roles to convene anchor collaboratives.

6 Steps to Build Community Wealth

Anna Birley

This new guide, published by the UK’s Co-Operative Party, outlines the steps needed to develop a community wealth building ecosystem. Aimed at local officials and public-sector institutions, the guide provides information on these steps, from developing leadership to shifting procurement, a background on community wealth building, a case study of this approach in Preston, England, and recommendations for actions localities can take. 

Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities: Place-based Investing

David Zuckerman and Katie Parker

Nationally, health systems have an estimated $400 billion in investment assets. Redirecting even a small portion of these resources to place-based investments would shift billions of dollars toward addressing economic and environmental disparities in local communities. It would allow institutions to more effectively improve community health and well-being, even as they continue to earn a healthy rate of return. This toolkit outlines a range of strategies for how health systems are using their investment assets to help address the resource gaps that keep communities from achieving better health and well-being.

As we learn more about what families and children need to lead healthy lives, it is clear that adverse social, economic, and environmental factors, coupled with racial disparities, prevent communities from building a culture of health. The good news is that hospitals and health systems are recognizing that they have significant, untapped assets at their disposal to help address these challenges: their investment portfolios. Through place-based investing, institutions can leverage these resources to improve their communities’ overall health and well-being. This toolkit will help you get started.

Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities: Inclusive, Local Sourcing

David Zuckerman and Katie Parker

Across the country, healthcare institutions are recognizing that they can creatively leverage their supply chains to address the upstream economic and environmental conditions that have the greatest impact on the health of local residents. In doing so, they can create family-supporting local jobs and build community wealth. This toolkit on local and diverse purchasing showcases examples of how hospitals and health systems are reevaluating their roles as their community’s largest purchasers, understanding that a thriving local economy is fundamental to a healthy community.

The sourcing of goods, services, and food that your hospital or health system does every day, when aligned with your mission, can help build local wealth in the communities you serve. By supporting diverse and locally owned vendors and helping to incubate new community enterprises to fill supply chain gaps, hospital and health systems like yours can leverage existing resources to drive local economic growth and build a culture of health in their communities. This toolkit can help you get started

Boston Foundation

Founded in 1915, the Boston Foundation is a community foundation with $1 billion in assets.  Committed to building and sustaining a prosperous city and region characterized by justice and opportunity, the foundation focuses on making grants that address critical community challenges, partnering with donors and other funders to achieve high-impact philanthropy, and serving as a civic hub from which information, ideas, and agendas can be developed and shared. The foundation awards about $16 million in grants on an annual basis to efforts focused on five impact areas:  Education, Health & Wellness, Jobs & Economic Development, Neighborhoods & Housing, and Arts & Culture.  To respond quickly to community needs, the foundation also has an Action Fund that provides grants of up to $10,000 to grassroots organizations.

Bridging the Two Americas: Employment & Economic Opportunity in Newark & Beyond

Demelza Baer and Ryan P. Haygood

While Newark, New Jersey is home to several major Fortune 500 companies, local residents are largely excluded from this economic growth and hold only 18 percent of all jobs in the city. This new report, published by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, explores the origins of this economic divide, which predominantly affects communities of color, noting a history of discrimination and an absence of pathways to middle-skill jobs. The report calls on the City to implement local hiring provisions for city contracts and calls on anchor institutions to develop local hiring and procurement strategies.