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Shop Black-Owned

This February, Local Return joins many partners around the U.S. to support Black-owned businesses. Let’s inspire our communities to help build Black wealth and celebrate

Chart showing disparities among Rhode Island neighborhoods
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Local Return releases 2023 Policy Paper

COVID impacted everyone, but the people and places that were hit hardest were those without a “cushion.” Communities that lack a wealth of reserves in

Shop Indie Art
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Shop Indie Art

October is Shop Indie Art Month. Local artists make our local places special. They help us reflect, observe, capture, provoke, mourn, and celebrate. They’re also

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Neighborhood Trusts

Local Return supports the recommendation made by the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make It Happen: Investing in Rhode Island’s Future committee to invest $50 million of

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Why buy local?

Every $1 you spend has consequences. If you choose to buy from locally-owned businesses, your money does more good for your local community. We can

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A $2.6 billion downpayment

How Rhode Island could use ARPA money to build community wealth and resilience Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to “help

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Community Investment SWOT for RI

It takes an ecosystem to build community wealth. No person or place exists in static isolation, so we need to understand the connections and dependencies

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What is community wealth?

Local Return exists to build community wealth. So what is community wealth, and why does it matter?  A community’s wealth comes from the assets that