Community Asset Development

Building broadly shared, intergenerational wealth with our region's communities

   2021 – present

Strawberries grown at Silva Family Farm. Photo credit: Roland Dahwen

The Community Asset Development (CAD) program works to close the racial wealth divide and transform our economic system through the strategic redistribution of resources into community-led projects that build and restore shared wealth, self-determination, and climate resilience. CAD provides technical assistance (e.g., business and operations planning) and integrated capital strategy (e.g., how to think about using loans, grants, and PRIs together) designed in response to the requirements, needs, and invitations to join in the work of community partners. 

We know community-driven solutions already exist, and it is our shared work to shift the power, capital, and support necessary where our partners’ projects succeed and we all thrive.

Just some of the colorful assortment of Oregon-grown produce from an autumnal Agricultural Connections Cooperative harvest box. Photo credit: Amanda Photographic

Agricultural Connections Cooperative’s veggie van dropping off produce at the Central Oregon Community College bookstore. Photo credit: Amanda Photographic


Our partner list is growing! With a focus on supporting food systems and land justice, our partners’ projects range from farming, food hubs, building and preserving traditional ecological knowledge, and food distribution.

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Featured partner

Agricultural Connections Cooperative is a multi-stakeholder, cooperatively owned company. Member-owners are farmers, ranchers, wholesale buyers, and workers who are collaboratively creating a resilient regional food system. CAD’s goal in supporting this partner’s project was to enable democratic governance that shares wealth and power. CAD services included business strategy, financial forecasting, and a low-interest loan.

(At left, the Agricultural Connections Cooperative Team: Jake Fabrey, Marisa Funk, Miguel Mendoza, Erin Bellomy Maher, Leslie O’Neil, Josh Whitaker, and Alex Mayer. Photo credit: Amanda Photographic)

Ecotrust Project Team & Services

Want to learn more? Check out the full Ecotrust Staff & Board and all of our Tools for Building Collective Change.

Ecotrust project team

We cultivate leaders and assist with funding sources.

We contribute tools, analyses, and frameworks that move projects forward.

Get in Touch

Please review our eligibility criteria before filling out the interest form below.




These eligibility criteria represent intentions of the CAD program to work towards and support communities in self-determination and building intergenerational wealth through the ownership and management of infrastructure, built assets, and businesses. 



The CAD program focuses on supporting community-led projects to acquire assets, and our services are specific to readying a project to receive capital. In many cases, this means supporting preparation of documents that funders, investors, and/or community members will ask for, like a pitch deck or operations budget. 

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