Featured Participatory Investment Case Studies

Participatory Investment
May 1, 2021

The following case studies detail several of the Participatory Investment projects featured in our report. The projects chosen for case studies demonstrate a range of approaches to engaging grassroots stakeholders. We discuss the background of each project, provide a description of the project and its version of grassroots Voice and Vote, and discuss any findings or conclusions drawn from the project.

Ujima Fund

The Boston Ujima Project is a cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem built by and for Boston's working class Black, Indigenous and communities of color.

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation makes investments by and for the Oglala Lakota tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


A national CDFI that helps facilitate conversions of manufactured home communities to resident ownership.

The REAL People’s Fund

A community capital fund developed by grassroots organizations in California’s East Bay to provide equitable access to capital.

Market Creek Plaza

A community-engaged shopping plaza redevelopment that pioneered several methods of community design, governance, and investment.

Invest Appalachia

A regional blended capital platform accelerating and expanding investment across Central Appalachia, working side by side with community partners.

Elevated Chicago

Elevated Chicago is a multi-sector collaborative that promotes more equitable development of public spaces, buildings and vacant land around Chicago’s public transit infrastructure.

East Portland Community Investment Trust

Mercy Corps NW founded this project, which represents an opportunity for community members to build wealth by investing in a commercial plaza.

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