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Community Investment Fund

Forty years ago the Institute for Community Economics, led by Robert Swann in Cambridge, Massachusetts, launched the first investment fund with positive criteria.  Until that time investment screens used negative criteria– no alcohol or tobacco stocks, for instance. Pax World Fund excluded military supply … Continued

Community Wealth Building Through Land

In his article for Non-Profit Quarterly, Steve Dubb examines how community wealth can be built through land. He sees the development of community land trusts as a strategy for achieving broader land redistribution. We are grateful to NPG for their permission to republish Dubb’s … Continued

Free the People, Free the Land

On Saturday, October 27th, Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield delivered the 38th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois. Ed Whitfield, co-founder and co-managing director of … Continued

"This is where you come in. You are a community. Community is not just a place you go to when you leave here or even a group of people; it is an activity. It is the responsibility you exercise, that you live up to—and you, everybody in this room, you know what kind of responsibility you can exercise."

-Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx: A Model for Environmental Justice