Community Wealth Building Initiative Briefing & Call for MORE Action

Monday, May 18, 2015
9:30am to 12:00pm EDT
Science & Engineering Hall, Room B 1220
George Washington University, 800 22nd St NW
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Eligible to attend: Funders, nonprofits, local government, business, hospital, and university representatives, and others interested in learning more about this exciting initiative.

Registration Instructions: WRAG Members, please register online. Non-members, please email Rebekah Seder, seder(at) or create an account here to register online.

In 2011, WRAG convened the local philanthropic community to learn about how the worker-owner businesses comprising the Evergreen Cooperatives were moving families out of poverty in Cleveland, OH. The briefing inspired a small group of funders to support a study to determine whether the model held promise here in our region.

Just four years later, we are excited to announce that, under the banner of the Community Wealth Building Initiative (CWBI), the first business has been launched: the Community Clean Water Management Group in Prince George’s County. This is just the first business. With your help, more will follow.

Join leaders from across the Greater Washington region to learn about the Community Wealth Building Initiative, the impact of this business model on individuals and communities, and the vision for CWBI into the future. Speakers include:

  • Ted Howard, Founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Collaborative, who led the due diligence for our region and who is leading this approach across the country
  • Steven Standley, Chief Administrative Officer of University Hospitals in Cleveland, which has the longest history of serving as an anchor institution 
  • Adam Ortiz, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, which is serving as the anchor of the first CWBI business in our region

We'll hear why funders are engaged, how the first local business is doing, and how you can become a part of this transformative effort. Click here to view the full agenda.

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