Taking a big idea and making it even bigger.

Anchor Opportunity Network
harnesses the collective power of local institutions to achieve greater change.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve seen how community collaboration can be a game changer. So we took that concept and expanded it into the Anchor Opportunity Network, bringing together regional anchor institutions—the hospitals, universities, and other large institutions that are deeply rooted in our communities—with community-based organization, private corporations and municipal leaders. Anchors are major employers and typically nonprofits with social missions. And they’re committed to equalizing access to healthcare and education, and building resilience among vulnerable residents at the local level.

By using our model of connected communities, we’re bringing these large anchor institutions together to harness the collective power of their missions and business capabilities.

Many of these anchors have similar goals and tend to serve the same clients. The network allows them work holistically—sharing experiences, learning from one another, and working together to solve challenges at the policy level to achieve systematic change. And at the same time, to improve their own social mission and become more responsible, more proactive, and more progressive anchors.

Anchors collaborating for greater change.

The collective power generated by the Anchor Opportunity Network is a potential win-win. It can be applied to address both community and anchor needs in these six areas:

Workforce Development

When you hire local and diverse residents you improve career ladders, reduce commutes, boost employee morale, and create a reliable workforce for the anchor institutions. These are typically well-paying, sustainable jobs with benefits.

Inclusive, Local Purchasing

The tremendous purchasing power of healthcare and higher institutions can strengthen local economies when it is directed to local businesses, helping them grow, prosper and hire locally.

Place-based Impact Investing

Anchor institutions making targeted capital investments in their communities can create a positive social, economic and environmental impact while earning a reasonable financial return.

Coordinated Capital Investments

By coordinating their capital investments in local communities and geographic areas, anchor institutions can improve efficiencies and multiply their impact.

Access to Quality Housing

A quality, mixed income housing stock in the local community creates healthy and socially diverse neighborhoods where people of all incomes can live and work.

Mission Alignment

When anchors bring their expertise in healthcare, education, and the arts to local communities, they can help solve tough community challenges—and advance their own core missions.

Successful Anchor Partnerships

Healthcare Anchor Network
45+ leading healthcare systems across the country are working together through anchor partnerships, tackling underlying economic and racial disparities to build more inclusive and sustainable local economies.
The Democracy Commitment (TDC)
This nonpartisan national organization provides a platform to engage anchors and diverse community interests in comprehensive change and promote community wealth building.
VITA Health and Wellness District
Anchored by Stamford Hospital and Charter Oak Communities, this collaboration has made Stamford much more resilient by bringing in more affordable housing, improvements in healthcare access, locally grown healthy food and improved educational outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens.