Participants from our Local Institutes* share their experiences:

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Chandra - Atlanta

“After the Institute, I understood that capital and finance are simply tools. Tools that I could actually access versus things that I would never be able to leverage. It really democratized these topics for me in a way that was very powerful and informative for my work and larger visions.”

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Raye - Phoenix

“The Institute was one of the most powerful trainings I have attended. Rather than focusing just on the problems of our financial system, the Institute focused on building strategic tools to use for the betterment of our communities. Through teaching about the structures of how the current financial system works and specific models, I left with a deeper understanding of ways to shift aspects of the financial system to be more deeply governed by community and build community power.”

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Tom - Atlanta

“The big goal is to democratize ownership of capital assets, including developing more participatory ways to make decisions about those assets. The Institute showed me there's a lot of exciting experiments going on now in all kinds of places. But for systemic change, some large-scale owners of capital need to be brought around.”

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Eula Liane - Phoenix

“Transform Finance opened my eyes and heart to another possibility to organize with other folks in my state to imagine a new way forward for our many communities. I think that we must all learn these (capital) strategies and realms of possibility if we are going to build new systems of possibility and justice for our people.”

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Nafeesah - Atlanta

“I attended the Institute without any finance background. I had no idea what to expect. By day two, I was excited to share this training with my organization, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), as well as other community leaders I'm affiliated with.”

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Nedra - Atlanta

“Transform Finance’s approach helped me to realize that I knew more about the financial system than I thought. The Institute was helpful in several ways to me: distilling the current system, infusing social justice goals, identifying current resources and re-imagining future possibilities.”

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Carmen - Atlanta

“I left the Institute with reignited passion. Imagination is so powerful and it’s often the first thing to be suppressed in traditional financial education. But the Institute brought it back by discussing tools that can build a more equitable system. Saying to someone, "Imagine if...", is both an act of love and liberation. We will build what we believe. I'm so glad I did the Institute. I am honored to have been chosen. I hope Transform Finance keeps sharing knowledge that will allow us to make our imagination our reality.”

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m ali - Phoenix

“I am no longer intimidated by (the financial) system. I now see how I can use relationships with funders to help meet their needs and the needs of the community at the same time…I went into the Institute not knowing fully what to expect and left with new knowledge of how to navigate the system and get capital to the businesses and organizations I support that are doing the work on the front lines.”

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Ross - Atlanta

“We should all be talking about justice in finance, as with any other sector. The Institute is not only equipping leaders to have the conversation, it's also pushing us to the table to confront these issues.”

*Participants are identified by the Institute they attended, not necessarily their city of residence. For example, several participants from our Phoenix Institute drove up from Tucson to learn and build community with local Phoenicians.