University of Wisconsin–Madison

Strategies for Financing the Inclusive Economy

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
This report looks at how broad-based ownership models are financed to build community wealth. The models explored here are cooperatives, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), social enterprises, hybrid enterprises, and municipal enterprises. Additionally, this report looks at how community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are supporting these efforts. Each of the models explored follows the financing of the model, potential challenges, solutions, and opportunities of the model, as well as innovative financing methods used and case studies of the model. Overall, this report looks into the ways to build inclusive community wealth through the broad-based ownership models mentioned above and delves into each model extensively. The conclusion of this report is that finance has a vital role in advancing broad-based enterprise and reducing wealth inequality.

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