We help community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting and empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With our roots and hearts in rural America, we help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research together with effective community engagement to advance community-driven strategies for prosperity. Our solutions empower community leaders to find their own answers to the economic development challenges and opportunities they face.
Entrepreneurial Communities is a proven framework or roadmap for designing and delivering entrepreneurship strategies that work long-term.
Community Development Philanthropy
Our Community Development Philanthropy solutions provide effective strategies to build philanthropic capacity and generate resources.
LOCUS Impact Investing
A new social enterprise, LOCUS Impact Investing, empowers place-focused foundations to invest their capital locally to build prosperous, vibrant communities.
How We Support Communities
In The News
New consulting, financial advisory and services organization offers comprehensive solutions to help foundations unlock new sources of capital, generating more impact in local economies.
Deb Markley introduces WealthWorks, an asset-based economic development approach, to North Country Symposium attendees.
Don Macke and others provide tips for rural business succession in this Forbes.com article.