Books & Other Publications


Moving Mountains: The Power of Main Street Americans to Change Our Economy

In 2018, only 2.2% of venture capital went to women-led start-ups; less than 1% to Black entrepreneurs. The American Dream of achieving prosperity through hard work and initiative has remained elusive for women, people of color, social entrepreneurs, and others marginalized by a system designed years ago by White men of privilege. Until now.

Through storytelling and humor, this book delivers illuminating facts and practical tips while laying out alternative financing opportunities for both entrepreneurs and citizen investors. In these pages you’ll find:

  • stories of women entrepreneurs and their quests for capital
  • a history and exposé of the inequities of our start-up capital markets
  • evaluation of crowdfunding’s past, present, and future potential
  • sneak peaks at the latest innovations in community-sourced capital
  • steps you can take today to align your money with your values

Community Investment Funds: A How-To Guide for Building Local Wealth, Equity, and Justice

A joint project between the Solidago Foundation and the National Coalition for Community Capital,Community Investment Funds: A How-To Guide for Building Local Wealth, Equity, and Justice presents the latest innovations and resources for new models of community investment and economic empowerment. Co-authored by Brian Beckon, Amy Cortese, Janice Shade, and Michael Shuman, the handbook provides case studies, implementation strategies, a legal primer, and access to downloadable tools and resources to guide the creation of community investment funds that promote social justice, racial equity, and community wealth-building.

Frontier Healer: Memoir of a Pioneer Female Doctor

Estelle Kleiber Betz was a woman ahead of her time. Born in 1899, she grew up in an era before women had the right to vote and when job prospects for women were limited. Like Marie Curie who, 30 years earlier found socially acceptable work to pay for her higher education, Estelle worked her way through an undergraduate degree then Cornell Medical College where she graduated 2nd in a class of predominantly male students. In October 1929, before starting her internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, this young, single, city dweller traveled alone to Kentucky’s Appalachian region to spend three months as an itinerant frontier doctor. This book contains a memoir of her early life and her letters home to family and friends during her Kentucky adventure. It paints a vivid picture of the contrast between the increasingly urbanized culture of America at the end of the Roaring Twenties and an isolated region caught in the last vestiges of 19th century rural frontier.