Individual Wealth Building

Urban Strategies Council

The Urban Strategies Council aims to eliminate persistent poverty and transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities.  To do so, The Council works with community stakeholders to identify and build understanding of issues impacting urban communities, develop agendas for addressing those issues, and build alliances across diverse interests to achieve collective action. Read more about Urban Strategies Council...

ACTS Housing

Based on the notion that homeownership fosters empowerment, which in turn helps reduce neighborhood blight, deterioration, and poverty, ACTS Housing provides homebuyer counseling, home sales services, and home rehabilitation management services to low-income Milwaukee residents. It works through local churches in three Milwaukee neighborhoods—Central, North Side and South Side. Since 1992, the group is credited with facilitating the sale of 1,579 homes and attracting $106 million of investment dollars into its target neighborhoods. Read more about ACTS Housing...

Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)

Based in Los Angeles, LURN is a nonprofit that works to catalyze multi-disciplinary collaborations focused on designing, building, and promoting sustainable communities in which people can live to their greatest potential.  To do so, it coordinates LURNlabs, purpose-driven innovation labs that bring together diverse people to develop solutions to urban issues.  One current LURNlab focuses on the development of an LA strategy to incubate community-based, worker cooperatives.  Through its LURNcapital initiative, it also works to increase low-income communities’ ability to access capital.  For example, it is currently working to help street vendors who want to sell at farmers’ markets purchase the equipment they need to do so.

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)

PACE is a nonprofit community development organization founded in 1976 to address the employment and job training needs of the Pacific Asian Islander communities.  PACE has since expanded into a variety of service areas, all tailored to meet the growing and changing needs of the multi-ethnic communities in Los Angeles County.  Its Business Development Center, which aims to advance wealth by giving individuals the tools to develop sustainable businesses and successfully manage their personal finances, is credited with serving 113,873 low-income people and 10,237 businesses, leveraging over $50 million, and creating or retaining 14,142 jobs since 2003.  Other key programs include job training, employment services, childhood education, housing and rehabilitation services, weatherization and energy-conservation, and affordable housing development.

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc. (GCMI)

Aiming to promote individual self-sufficiency and community economic development, the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI) is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit working to nurture entrepreneurship among low- and moderate-income individuals.  Key programs include entrepreneurial training, business classes, business coaching, and financial skills training.  GCMI also provides loans to low to moderate-income residents aiming to start or expand a business, and a matched savings program to help par Read more about Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc. (GCMI) ...

Lifespan's SmartMoney Financial Education and Counseling

Lifespan's SmartMoney Financial Education and Counseling aims to help underserved families in the Greater Cincinnati area achieve their financial goals and enhance the quality of life in the community.  Its programs include financial education, entrepreneurship training, and homeownership training. It also has a matched savings incentive (also known as an Individual Development Account) program, which provides participants with a 2:1 match for savings directed towards homeownership, entrepreneurship, or post-secondary education.  Read more about Lifespan's SmartMoney Financial Education and Counseling ...

Building resilience in nonprofit food hubs

Jacqueline R. LeBlanc, et al.
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development