Recorded April 2015
With new generations of local financial institutions, community foundations, and supportive public policies, pathways have opened for trillions of dollars to move from Wall Street to Main Street. Innovative leaders are changing the way that capital works, moving away from a system that perpetuates inequality and toward place-based models that instead catalyze local job creation, build community wealth, and foster vibrant local economies.
This webinar featured three pioneering local economy leaders who have built ecosystems for place-based investing through community foundation initiatives and local investment clubs. Hear their stories of impact, learn messaging that works in making the case for community capital, and take away concrete ideas for how you can implement similar models in your own community.
Who should watch & key takeaways:
Leaders and staff of community development corporations, economic and community development organizations, foundations, and business incubators will learn how to apply these models in their place to leverage assets, access capital, and make the case for community capital and impact investing.
Social entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders looking to support their communities in innovative ways will learn the goals and metrics these new funding models use so they can better position themselves to participate, invest, or attract capital.
|Jessica Norwood, Emerging ChangeMakers Network, Mobile, AL
Jessica has created a local investing club that helps community members in the Black Belt develop personal wealth while strengthening their local economy. She is a 2014 BALLE Fellow.
|Sandy Wiggins, BALLE & RSF Social Finance Community Foundation Circle, Nationwide
Sandy works with community foundations to shift their business models toward increased impact investing. He consults with RSF Social Finance, the Democracy Collaborative, and others across the country and is BALLE’s Board Chair.
|Moderator: Angie Hawk Maiden, Appalachian Center For Economic Networks (ACEnet), Athens, OH
Angie runs a CDFI that provides financial services for underserved markets. She is a member of BALLE’s 2013 Fellows cohort.
This webinar was the second of a monthly series shedding light on What Works – eight solutions that together represent the path to real prosperity. The aim of the series is to give Localist leaders tools and insights to build upon proven solutions towards an economy with equity at its core.
See our 2015 At A Glance schedule for more info.
This post was originally published on BeALocalist.org
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