Ours to Own: Small Investments Create Strong Communities

This solution addresses Lack of local investment dollars for local organizations and intitiatives in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Denver, Baltimore for small businesses and nonprofits that aren’t strong candidates for traditional investment

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Problem Description

Ours To Own is a growing movement of people making small investments — $20 or more — to strengthen the cities we live in and love. We are reclaiming the basic concept of investing: pooling together smaller amounts of money to create bigger impact, for the common good.

Building Blocks

Social Progress Index

  • Platform and System Level Support - Other
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    Resources

    • Ours to Own Website

      Creating the cities we want to see can't be done solely by big corporations, big industry, or the government. It takes the people living in these cities – those who are invested in creating positive change in their communities. The Ours To Own campaign is a national movement built on the belief that citizens should be able to invest in building the future they want in their cities.

    Organizations Involved

    Solution Stage

    One of the 7 stages of an innovation. Learn more
    STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
    Growing scaling and spreading6
    Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
    • Business or organisational growth
    • Franchising
    • Licensing
    • Legislation
    • Spreading ideas
    • Transferring practice
    • Fidelity assessments may be important
    • Strong capacity needed to ensure transfer of practice
    MEDIUM
    • Equity, loans, payment by results, social impact bonds
    HIGH
    Evidence derived from evaluations in multiple sites, and independently run randomised control trials
    Innovation or impact at scale

    Key Details

    Social Progress Index
    Platform and System Level Support
    Activity