Local Economy Leaders

BALLE’s network includes thousands of localist champions. Our three communities of practice deepen relationships among people who are accelerating the movement to an economy that works for all.

BALLE Fellows

These leaders catalyze, connect, and strengthen community entrepreneurs and build the local ecosystem that supports their success.

Investors Circle

These integrated capital investors are exploring how to use grants, loans, investments and community building to create healthy, equitable local economies.

Foundation Circle

These foundation leaders are pioneering place-based mission investing to complement their community giving and community missions.


Systems change requires collaborations on many fronts. BALLE works in partnership with a number of organizations and funders who are integral in helping us advance localism and create healthy and equitable local economies all across North America. These partner organizations also offer support and resources that may be able to support the programs and enterprises you are building in your community.

See Our Network in Action

Explore our network of entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and policymakers to discover collaborators and learn how local economy leaders are taking action in their communities.

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Success Stories

Discover how to act local first from others who are coming together to build stronger communities.