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.

  •  1/12/2022 05:03 PM

We are happy to introduce you to PowerUp Purchasing Cooperative, a member-owned enterprise that enables nonprofits to pool their purchasing power to shrink their bills and expand their missions!

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  •  12/17/2021 04:39 PM

What a year. Despite the substantial turmoil facing our community in 2021, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished this year at Cleveland Owns to build a more democratic economy in our city – and that we’ve had fun doing it :) Here are some highlights.

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  •  10/28/2021 02:34 PM

We had a blast celebrating community decision making with our neighbors at Participatory Budgeting (PB) In Action last weekend!

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  •  10/20/2021 10:50 AM

We celebrated our third annual event with friends and co-conspirators at Luke Easter Park Saturday, Oct 16th

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Support from you and others who believe in our mission to build community power through collective ownership enables us to do this work. Thank you for being a supporter!

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  • Cleveland, Ohio, United States