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Dear Colleague,

As we approach the end of the year, all of us at The Democracy Collaborative would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. We offer this abbreviated newsletter to share our thanks for your support during this past year of community wealth building.
We have published four major reports this year, including Pathways to Scale, written by coop expert and thought leader Hilary Abell and A New Anchor Mission for a New Century, a survey of cutting-edge community foundations by Marjorie Kelly and Violeta Duncan. We also produced a guide to state and local community wealth building policies and An Action Plan for Northwest Jacksonville (FL). Our national staff partnered with local leaders in New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, and other communities around the country to design wealth building strategies. Democracy Collaborative initiatives were featured in numerous local and national publications.
Already, 2015 promises to be a full year as we continue our work on the Learning/ Action Lab for Community Wealth Building and The Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort, along with a myriad of other projects, including the Next System Project. Early in the coming year, look for a full re-launch of our web portal
If you would like to support this work, please consider making a donation of any amount to The Democracy Collaborative.  

As always, we continue to add new links, articles, reports, and other materials to the site. Look for this symbol *NEW* to find the most recent additions.

Ted Howard
Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative
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In this Newsletter:

New from the Democracy Collaborative

Recommended Reads

On our Blog:

What is Community Wealth Building and Why is it so Important?

Democracy Collaborative Offers Research Associate Position

Community Foundations in Pacific Northwest Expand Impact through Collective Impact Investing

How Community Foundations Can Accelerate Social Change

New from The Democracy Collaborative

C-W City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The thirty-fourth in our continuing series of Community Wealth Cities is Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Though one of the most segregated cities in America, residents in Milwaukee are working hard to promote economic and social inclusion. Community wealth building efforts, such as HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee, which helps residents repurpose foreclosed properties for community benefit, and the Milwaukee Opportunities Restoring Employment (M.O.R.E.) Ordinance, which ensures that City development projects create jobs for Milwaukee residents, are all playing important roles in fostering more inclusive economic development across the city. Find Out More»

Recommended Reads

Paper Highlights the Long History of Race-Based Policy in Ferguson


This paper from the Economic Policy Institute encourages a critical examination of the role of structural racism, as embedded in policy, that has fostered extreme inequality in the St. Louis metropolitan area—made apparent after the shooting of Michael Brown. Author Richard Rothstein, Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute and senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, finds that the institutionalization of racially prejudiced real estate, banking, insurance, and land use policies at the federal, state, and local level, fostered and continue to promulgate racially segregated neighborhoods with high poverty, unemployment, and oppressive policing. Read More»


Richmond, California Encourages an Anchor Mission for Berkeley Global Campus

This new report from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society identifies opportunities for community wealth building in Richmond, California. The authors claim that with the development of the Berkeley Global Campus, which is poised to become the largest employer in Richmond and the largest public investment in Richmond since World War II, UC Berkeley and the associated Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have a unique opportunity to reduce racial inequality and promote broad prosperity in Richmond. The Haas report provides several recommendations that these anchor institutions can adopt, including the creation of a working group to develop and monitor strategies for community wealth building and the creation of a fund to launch minority-owned businesses. Read More»

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