University & Community Partnerships

Not Taking Democracy for Granted: Higher Education, Inclusion, and Community Trust

Nancy Cantor
Speech delivered at conference titled, “Higher Education for Democratic Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities,”

Press Release: Six Universities Partner with The Democracy Collaborative to Develop and Share Best Practices for Measuring Community Impact

Learning cohort will build off the recommendations in The Democracy Collaborative’s report "The Anchor Dashboard"


Takoma Park, MD — November 19th, 2014

The Democracy Collaborative, with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has convened a group of anchor institution leaders from six universities to explore how to better align their operations to benefit the places they call home. Read more about Press Release: Six Universities Partner with The Democracy Collaborative to Develop and Share Best Practices for Measuring Community Impact...

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR)

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) provides research and technical assistance to public and non-profit organizations in many areas, including strategic planning facilitation, survey research, and neighborhood analysis and mapping. Its goal is to help communities and organizations develop practical visions for the future, measure outcomes to demonstrate impact, use data to promote positive change, and interpret complex information. Read more about Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR)...

Fostering the Power of Universities and Hospitals for Community Change

New federal policy strategies can help cities leverage the economic might of their anchor institutions to benefit communities

Crossposted from blog - a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund, a project of the Center for American Progress.

Communities across the country are recognizing the tremendous resources nonprofit anchor institutions—such as hospitals and universities—can provide as engines of inclusive and equitable economic development. Increasingly, cities—often led by Mayors—are launching comprehensive strategies to leverage these institutions to address challenging problems of unemployment, poverty, and disinvestment. In 2014, several cities, including Chicago, Baltimore and New Orleans, have launched community building and job creation strategies that revolve around anchor institutions; and in Cleveland, a decade old collaboration of philanthropy, anchor institutions, and the municipal government continues to rebuild economies in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.

Effective Governance of a University as an Anchor Institution

Ira Harkavy, Matthew Hartley, Rita A. Hodges, Anthony Sorrentino and Joann Weeks
Raabe Academic Publishers

This case study, authored by Ira Harkavy and his colleagues at Penn, describes how the role of the University of Pennsylvania as an anchor institution has evolved from 1981 to present. The paper describes community engagement efforts like the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, which works to leverage research, teaching, and learning to support West Philadelphia; and the University City District, an economic partnership between small businesses, anchor institutions. While Penn’s cultural reshaping remains, in the words of its authors, a “work in progress,” the authors are optimistic that “Penn will further evolve as an anchor institution and increasingly realize [Ben] Franklin’s democratic civic vision.”

Community Wealth Building Conference

September 27th, 2014
Aurora, Colorado

Breakout session topics fall under the following themes:   Read more about Community Wealth Building Conference...

NewBridge Center for Arts and Technology

Based on Bill Strickland’s successful Manchester Bidwell job training program, NewBridge Center provides career training for adults and after-school arts programs for urban high school students.  Its adult training programs are designed to meet the employment needs of local hospitals and other institutions and focus on jobs that offer above-average wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement. At present, New Bridge offers two adult workforce development programs for phlebotomy technicians and pharmacy technicians, both of which provide living wage jobs at area hospitals. In keeping with Strickland’s belief that environment shapes behavior, all NewBridge classes are held in a contemporary high-tech building, filled with art and light.

Building Community Wealth across the Pond

City in United Kingdom develops new Community Wealth Building Initiative

The broad appeal of the ‘Cleveland Model’ and of community wealth building in general is becoming evident in a growing number of communities around the country, and—increasingly—overseas as well. Read more about Building Community Wealth across the Pond...

Measuring Anchor Impact: Q&A with Ted Howard

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So many anchors are now engaged in some sort of community and economic development locally. But how do they know if they are truly benefiting local residents? Having metrics and indicators to track the impact of their engagement is tremendously helpful in order to ensure that both the institution and the community are benefiting.

Can Anchor Organizations Measure Enlightened Self-Interest?

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When community engagement strategies are marginalized and not viewed as integral to an organization’s core business, they are not sustainable. They are susceptible to budget cuts and changing leadership agendas. Quantifying the returns from community initiatives will help ensure that those initiatives are in place for the long-term.

Students Create University Report Cards Using Anchor Dashboard

A new video from the Roosevelt Institute|Campus Network invites students to assess their universities' performance as an anchor instiution

As part of the Rethinking Communities’ Initiative, the Roosevelt Institute|Campus Network launched The Anchor Institution Challenge, a nationwide project designed to help students understand their university's impact on surrounding communities. Read more about Students Create University Report Cards Using Anchor Dashboard...

Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Investing Outside Institutional Walls

This webinar, organized by the Association for Community Health Improvement and the American Hospital Association, outlined opportunities for hospitals to promote health through economic development and community investment. The discussion used the findings of The Anchor Dashboard as a starting point to show how hospitals can broaden their impact on their surrounding communities.

Interview with Orlando Santaella, Worker- Owner of Evergreen Energy Solutions

In a DiversityInc interview, Orlando Santaella, a worker-owner of Evergreen Energy Solutions, talks about the transformative role that Evergreen has had on his life Read more about Interview with Orlando Santaella, Worker- Owner of Evergreen Energy Solutions...

Evergreen Cooperatives Field Study

In its newest Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy, the Capital Institute outlines Cleveland’s Evergreen model and provides overviews of the three enterprises: Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Evergreen Energy Solutions, and Green City Growers.