WealthWorks Accelerating Impact

A part of WealthWorks, the Accelerating Impact project is aimed at articulating the role of finance in supporting WealthWorks value chains in rural areas. Over two years, this project, housed at Tellus Institute and continued at Croatan Institute, has worked with ten projects on the ground in Central Appalachia and the Deep South, doing assessments of financing needs and assisting projects in advancing toward their financing goals. The goal of this report series is to advance the initiative’s broad aim of creating a comprehensive framework of community investing, ownership, and wealth control models that enhance the social, ecological, and economic well-being of rural areas.

Project Outputs and Programs

Placed-Based Investing for Resilient Rural Development

This study helps value chain practitioners understand emerging opportunities to tap into new place-based forms of finance.

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WealthWorks Crowdfunding Action Learning Program

This paper summarizes Croatan Institute’s pilot crowdfunding action learning program; highlights key successes, challenges, and lessons learned; and provides recommendations for future work.

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Barn Raising the New Economy

A blog post from New Economy Week on crowdfunding as a form of nontraditional investment in New Economy businesses.

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Lessons from Appalachia

This article focuses on how communities in Appalachia are grappling with the challenges of climate change through a “just transition” away from fossil fuels.

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Philanthropy and the New Economy

This report reviews existing traditional and innovative models of collaborative funding, proposing some new models which could fuel the growth of the New Economy movement.

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Guide to Crowdfunding for WealthWorks Value Chains

A report on crowdfunding, and its potential applications in WealthWorks value chains.

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