Cleveland Owns

Power through collective ownership

Cleveland Owns is a nonprofit incubator of cooperative enterprises. We organize multiracial, grassroots cooperatives that enable member owners to build wealth and power because we know that in racial capitalism, ownership matters.

We believe we'll live in an equitable city only when ownership is distributed in an equitable way. 
What we do
We support groups of workers and neighbors as they seeks to turn what they have into what they need to demand their share of the region’s prosperity.

Today we support five cornerstone cooperatives working in clean energy, food access, and digital access, and collective purchasing. We also work for deeper democracy in the public sector, where we co-lead PB CLE, a coalition of 50+ organizations calling on Cleveland City Council to enable residents to allocate $30 million in ARPA funds using participatory budgeting.

The common thread for all our work is deep democracy through collective ownership and, in the case of the PB CLE, collective stewardship of public money.

  •  7/5/2022 05:41 PM

Participatory Budgeting (PB CLE) is hiring! This organizer will lead our campaign to win our ask of bringing participatory budgeting to Cleveland through community engagement, PB education, and campaign advocacy efforts starting in late-August/September. Please share!

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  •  6/10/2022 03:40 PM

Originally posted on, this article describes the origin story of Cleveland Solar Cooperative, a project Cleveland Owns has incubated since 2020

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  •  3/28/2022 11:22 AM

Cleveland Owns is recruiting a Summer Intern motivated to challenge racial capitalism by building cooperatively owned enterprises. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 to

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  •  3/4/2022 04:34 PM

We kicked off an online conversation series called Let’s Talk Co-op with guest Shane Hinde of Phoenix Coffee, a bona fide Cleveland institution that became employee-owned in late 2020.

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  • Cleveland, Ohio, United States