Employee Ownership Strategies for Economic Resilience and Equity: Pathways for Philanthropy

As we rebuild the economy under increasing stressors from climate change and globalization, do we stay the precarious path of narrowing ownership or take a more resilient approach to expand ownership, prioritize local economic development and build shared wealth?

Employee ownership is a powerful tool for resilience. It is gaining momentum as a catalyst for better jobs and economic stability for low wage workers. Thanks to an expanding community of organizations using business as a force for equity, and recent innovations in the field, it is beginning to realize its potential to increase economic opportunity and quantifiably address racial and gender wealth inequality. Intentional philanthropic-led investments can promote these goals of shared racial and economic equity through employee ownership.

On April 13, 2023 1:00 pm ET please join Asset Funders Network as we launch Employee Ownership a Pathway to Economic Resilience authored by Melissa Hoover, Co-Executive Director for Partnerships and Growth at the Democracy at Work Institute. Together we will discuss:

  • What is employee ownership and what forms does it take?
  • What is increasingly drawing philanthropy to worker ownership as a tool to address inequality?
  • How can funders align investments in employee ownership to drive economic resilience and racial equity?
  • What supportive models and policies can we lift -up to support philanthropy’s role in employee ownership?

This program is designed for both funders and practitioners who are currently invested in small business, employee ownership, job quality and racial equity strategies.