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Recent Articles of Note

Investing in Local Business to Get an Even Break by Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times

Think Systemically, Act Locally: Who’s Backing This Push to Build Community Wealth? by Philip Rojc, Inside Philanthropy

BALLE–Racial Equity Change from the Outside In by Cyndi Suarez, Nonprofit Quarterly

Wealth Inequality and the Fallacies of Impact Investing by Rodney Foxworth,

Philanthropy Will Not Save Us by Rodney Foxworth, Medium


Learn more about BALLE’s initiatives and our network of local economy leaders who are working to create an economy that works for all.

Speakers Bureau

BALLE’s national board, staff, Local Economy Fellows, investment community and other local economy leaders include renowned leaders in the fields of sustainability, social finance, social enterprise, and community-based economic development. Explore the expertise of the individuals and organization in our network and contact them directly to share speaking or event opportunities

BALLE welcomes opportunities to connect journalists with local economy leaders to learn more about localism and how we are building healthy, equitable economies. If you are interested in an interview with BALLE leaders, entrepreneurs who are rethinking their industries, or funders who are investing in the local economy movement, please contact Kassandra Mayhew at

  1. Rodney Foxworth Named BALLE’s New Executive Director

    September 5, 2017

    BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), a North American network committed to building healthy, equitable local economies, announced today that Rodney Foxworth has joined as its Executive Director.

  2. Community Foundations Pursue Impact Investments to Build Local Economies

    August 10, 2016

    Members of BALLE’s first cohort of the Community Foundation Circle, launched in 2014 in partnership with RSF Social Finance, were featured in the August 2016 Chronicle of Philanthropy for their innovative efforts and commitment to moving their investments directly into their communities.

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