Our Vision

Woodstock Institute envisions a society where all people experience economic security and prosperity.

Our Mission

Advance economic justice and racial equity within financial systems through research and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Who We Are

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization working in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, financial systems reform and safe, affordable financial products and services.  Woodstock collaborates locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-income people and communities of color can safely borrow, save and build wealth to achieve economic security and community prosperity.

Woodstock Institute has been a recognized economic justice leader and bridge-builder between communities and policymakers in this field since its founding in Woodstock, Illinois, in 1973. Now based in Chicago, we collaborate with community and nonprofit groups, financial institutions and policymakers. Our key tools include applied research, policy development, coalition building and technical assistance. Woodstock conducts research on financial products and practices, promotes effective state and federal policies, convenes a coalition of community investment stakeholders working to improve access to credit, and helps people use our work to understand economic issues so they can develop and implement solutions relevant to their community issues.

Woodstock is governed by a diverse, active and engaged 14-member Board of Directors. The staff is small but powerful: our President & CEO has an extensive experience in economics, policy and research. He is flanked by our Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Director of Research, Director of Development & Communications, and supported by our Office Manager, Advocacy & Policy Associate, Communications Associate, Research Associate and Research Analyst. Funding is provided by foundation and corporate grants, donations from individuals and organizations, corporate sponsorships, special events, and consulting fees.