The community wealth building movement seeks more sustainable and equitable models of economic development that strengthen local communities. Both nonprofit and profit-making models champion broad democratic ownership, such as: worker cooperatives, employee-owned companies, community development financial institutions, community development corporations, social enterprise, land trusts, and more. These strategies are ideally suited to smaller cities and rural communities.
The webinar will examine how community wealth building in rural areas and small towns is proving to be a powerful, place-based approach to leverage local benefit from existing assets in new and innovative ways. Presenters will cover a range of examples and tools, and explore the role of funders to catalyze economic development and impact investing in local communities. We will hear what they are learning and the challenges they are wresting with. There will be time afterwards for in depth questions and answers with our speakers.
- Diane Ives, Fund Advisor for People, Place, and Planet, The Kendeda Fund: Diane works across the United States to advance community based solutions to social and ecological challenges, including supporting organizations and projects that champion community wealth building and sustainability strategies.
- Mauri Ingram, President and CEO, Whatcom Community Foundation: Mauri participated in the first learning cohort of the Community Foundation Circle of BALLE, a peer learning project for 14 community foundations interested in adopting impact investing. Whatcom Community Foundation continues to further their learning and organizational work on impact investing, while also leveraging local community investors and other strategies to build community wealth. A recent project is focused on affordable housing.
- Marjorie Kelly, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative: A leading expert and consultant on community wealth building, Marjorie has lead a variety of consulting and research projects, including with the Community Foundation Circle of BALLE, and the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building of the Northwest Area Foundation. Kelly also co-authored a report, A New Anchor Mission for a New Century on community foundations deploying all resources to build community wealth.
- Karla Miller, Program Director, Northwest Area Foundation: Karla directs the Foundation's Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, assisting Native American organizations in urban and rural areas to launch social enterprises and employee-owned companies. She also manages the Program-related investment portfolio. The Northwest Area Foundation was recently recognized for their leading edge work in impact investing.
Please register for this funder-only webinar by Tuesday, November 1st to be sure that you receive the webinar details. The registration form will provide an opportunity to submit questions that you would like the speakers to address, which we will share with speakers in advance of the webinar. Webinar information and further background materials will be emailed to registrants on Wednesday, November 2nd.