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"Community economic democracy is our best shot at ending poverty and climate change, empowering people of all colors and circumstances to stand together and thrive. Common Good gives us software and funding for that new economy."
— William Spademan (Founder, Common Good)
"We can create a community-based economy that supports US, benefits US, is rooted in our neighborhoods, small businesses, social enterprises and nonprofits. To do that, we need a critical mass of residents, businesses, enterprises to become members of Common Good. Interested? Sign up!"
— Judith Diamondstone (Community organizers, Renewable Energy Worcester)
"I don't understand why people aren't signing up in droves. It's easier than getting a credit card and costs nothing when you use it and it saves money for our local businesses AND it supports great projects in our community."
"Common Good is a way for us to build stronger, more resilient communities that ensure everyone has what they need. We need something like this in order to build community connections and collaborations that actually benefit the people in the places where we live. Common Good is real way to make meaningful change locally."
— Andrea C. (Ashfield, MA)
"Common Good protects our local economy, brings it under community control and supports great initiatives and goals."
— Sam McClellan (Owner, Itabix Inc)
"Sign up! Common Good is easy to use, saves local businesses from credit card fees, benefits the community and members get to make grant decisions. I use my CG card often, especially during COVID it is easy to transfer funds or make a payment from the safety of home. Try it out. "
— Mary L. (Ashfield, MA)
"Common Good is so amazing. It is seamless and reliable. This system has the possibility of anchoring the local economy the way few other things could."
— Lynn Benander (Manager, Co-op Power)
"Participating in the Common Good program has been financially beneficial to the Wendell Country Store. We save on card processing fees and it's good to know that we are helping the community at the same time. It is simple and very user friendly. I feel that it has brought the store more business as well. As a business owner, I highly recommend this program."
— Patti Scutari (Owner, The Wendell Country Store)
"Let's all sign up for Common Good so that we can rebuild our community to be even better, through supporting local businesses and exciting projects in extremely tangible and meaningful ways!"
— Tona W. (Madison, WI)
"Common Good has proven to be a simple and dynamic way to achieve economic growth and resiliency at the community level, successfully generating thousands of dollars for community projects, providing grants and low interest loans, and providing direct aid to help businesses and families survive emergencies, like the pandemic! Please join us!"
— Linda B. (Amherst, MA)
"For many years now, it has been clear that our economy needs to be smaller and more localized. And much more transparent. That's precisely what Common Good accomplishes. Years ago, Leopold Kohr stated, "When something is wrong, it means something is too big." His student E.F. schumacher put it even more succinctly: "Small is beautiful." Commond Good has the potential to right the wrong and make it beautiful. Wouldn't you like to be a part of this effort?"
— Aaron Falbel (Head of Adult Services, Sunderland (MA) Public Library)
"Common Good puts my money where my values are. If you want to live in a society where people, the environment, love, kindness, and community thrive--become a community builder with Common Good."
— Leslie F. (Colrain, MA)
"I highly recommend signing up for Common Good. It is rooted in building stronger, more resilient communities. It benefits local people, businesses and towns for the common good of the greater local community and economy."
— Cosmo L. (Savoy, MA)
"This is a great system to collectively build a stronger community."
— Sara C. (Greenfield, MA)
"I was an early adopter of the Common Good system when it was born in Greenfield, Mass. It astounds me that I can be paid for my work in Common Good credits and then pay for goods and services from an array of local businesses such as my food co-op, my dentist, and my favorite farm stands and restaurants. The clincher for me is being able from our pooled resources to make grants to community projects like the Compost Co-op, a worker-owned cooperative that provides meaningful employment for people who are committed to racial justice and have experienced incarceration. If you are wondering if this is real, my answer is yes. I see it nearly every day in the faces of the people I know and the communities that I love. Delight is my main experience when I pull out my card and say, "I'm paying with Common Good.""
— Andrew Palmer Grant (Information Service Specialist, Sociocracy For All)
"I love the common good’s ability to empower communities to invest in themselves."
— Rachel H. (Amherst, MA)
"We've had too many examples in the last few months of why our communities need to develop and grow locally-controlled funds. We need to develop self-sufficient economic networks, and sociocratically managed pools to offset community threats such as unemployment, COVID closures, flood closures, and riot closures. By participating in Common Good we are generating money to help our neighbors and creating financial protections for ourselves and our community businesses."
— Lisa Nunez (Founder/Proprietor, Atae Live Arts)
"Using and expanding Common Good is a way of making money work for us, not just for bankers. Give it a try- it doesn't have a cost, and lots of benefit."
— Janet C. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"By accepting and using Common Good credit, we can free up funding for the common good of our community."
— John W Glick (Common Good Goshen)
"For us to have a true democracy we need the people to have a say in where their money goes."
— Catherine C. (Madison, WI)
"This makes sense for us all!"
— Judy S. (Greenfield, MA)
"We need to think globally and act locally in economics. The people need to take controll of the financial systems. This is a step in that direction."
— Nan R. (Wendell, MA)
"I believe in localization and reclaiming the community from global institutions."
— Hannah Brookman (President, Looky Here)
"We need to shift the stability of the economy so that locally we are okay even if/when things go badly with larger systems"
— Stephanie J Kent (Head Wrangler, Learning Lab for Resiliency®)
"I believe in the 'triumph of the commons' !"
— Frank W Maletz MD FACS (Founder / CEO, HEALTHspital Foundation CT)
"We need new economic systems that work for all people and provide freedom to pursue our true life purposes."
— Erika A. (Great Barrington, MA)
"To build local and regional strength and add cooperative values to cash."
— Jonathon R. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"Common Good offers individuals and communities the very real opportunity to wield economic and political power based on local needs and wisdom, undiluted by Big Government and Big Banking."
— Ivan Ussach (Operations Director, Common Good)
"More than ever, Common Good can help participating businesses reduce their costs as they struggle to survive COVID-19."
— Katherine H. (Ann Arbor, MI)
"Keeping our money local is as important as keeping our business local! Using regular credit/debit cards sends 1-3% of our money to banks, when it should stay circulating in our community. Help your community, help your local stores, sign up for and use Common Good!"
— Rachael Katz (Owner, The Greenfield Gallery)
"Be a part! Sign-up and show support for your local farms, businesses, and community organizations."
— Deborah Ann Stratton (Owner, Wool-ology, local fiber shop and makerspace.)
"keeps everyones money in contol of the community"
— Jeffrey Canter (owner, Artisan Beverage Cooperative)
"Commerce has taken over a big part of our lives, and that removes power from our community. If we are to strengthen our community, we need to redirect our transactions into organizations like Common Good. It is not just about local investments a bank would never do. It is about our connection to each other and our empowering ourselves. "
— Gabor L. (Amherst, MA)
"Common Good benefits people and local economies instead of siphoning the benefits to Wall St bankers."
— Tonio E. (Middlesex, VT)
"Common Good seems too good to be true. It helps the community and doesn't cost me anything.."
— Alice S. (Amherst, MA)
"With my Common Good card in hand, I feel that I am a full partner in this powerful community vision."
— Carol G. Letson (board member, Greening Greenfield)
"To create a more beautiful world we know is possible."
— Nicole Thurrell (Director, Institute for Wild Med)
"Join to rebuild our economy for good."
— Karen S. (Shelburne Falls, MA)
"Such a good way to support local businesses as they rebound from Covid closings."
— Maureen F. (Northampton, MA)
"Who controls our money? If we want to create change we have to start here. Join Common Good and come use your card at the new Upinngil Farm Bakery!"
— Sorrel Hatch (Farm Manager, Upinngil)
"By participating in Common Good we are generating money to help our neighbors and creating financial protections for ourselves and our community businesses. We can save our local business thousands of dollars in credit card fees. Those savings stay in the community and allow those business to use that money for other community projects rather than going off to distant credit card companies. It's the same idea as "Buy Local Food" only it's "Use Local Money""
— Gary S. (Hatfield, MA)
"I want you to sign up as practice, stepping toward community wide matters of common good"
— John Stoltzfus (sole practitioner, Touch Matters)
"The existing banking system is riddled with exorbitant fees, racism, and leaves many people unbanked. Using Common Good is democratic and available to anyone who signs up."
— Darrell Duane (Executive Director, Crypto Universal Basic Income)
"Common Good is easy to use, encourages me to spend dollars locally, and supports a vibrant local economy. I also like that it benefits the community through grants instead of having profit as its goal. I like to use my Common Good card to purchase local food, restaurants and cafes, and locally made beverages."
— Sarah B. (Greenfield, MA)
"Triple postive...good for the community, good for the merchants, good for the members."
— Susan Worgaftik (Chair of Forum Committee, Greening Greenfield)
"I like the idea of local control of our money, so that we can spend it in useful ways."
— John Ridgway (Programmer, Common Good)
"A simple shift to paying this way allows each of us to shift an entire dynamic - one that enables us to leverage our daily transactions toward benefits the entire community of life deserve."
— Timothy J. (Madison, WI)
"Common Good’s grants and loans have helped small businesses and organizations grow. By using the Common Good card it makes my trip to the store meaningful. "
— Julie C. (S Deerfield, MA)
"Common Good is playing a vital role in the transformation from our current degenerative economy to a truly regenerative economy!"
— Bill Baue (Senior Director, r3.0)
"i found Common Good when i was looking for a way to utilize solar power without a solar collector on my house! I'm glad i found Common Good."
— Susan T. (Sunderland, MA)
"This is a simple way to benefit local businesses and organizations by just shopping locally!"
— Louise A. (Greenfield, MA 01301, MA)
"This is local economic empowerment, by the people for the people. Local business development must be integral to community stability. By keeping money circulating in a community as long as possible, local businesses are bolstered, and local improvement projects become possible, improving quality of life in the community."
— Brian L. (Monroe Township, NJ)
"We live in a special place. There is great effort to 'buy local' and support our local economy. How special it is to have a local payment system that saves all businesses from bank fees and at the same time is able to provide financial support towards community projects and helping others. I really don't understand why all businesses are not participating. This service is 100% fluid and convertible to cash at any time. It's a no brainer people!"
— Mark A Wisniewski (Biologic Dentist, New England Dental Wellness)
"Using Common Good rather than a credit or debit card benefits our community rather than some huge, international bank."
— Mary T. (Wendell, MA)
"Common Good exemplifies the concept of acting locally while thinking globally. As a member, I know the money I spend at member businesses is supporting an organization who believes in some of the same values as I do."
— Peg Hall (Treasurer, Greening Greenfield)
"Please sign up"
— Pat Spinelli (Waste management, Volunteer at Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield)
"Alternative is exploitative paypal"
— Phillip G. (New York, NY)
"Keeping money local benefits everyone in the community."
— Emily K. (Northfield, MA)
"local money helps local people and businesses"
— Joyce F. (Whately, MA)
"I think it is important to explore all forms of sharing the wealth, of grounding our banking in our communities. Common Good is creative and guided by prioritizing community."
— Jennifer L. (Florence, MA)
"It's a great opportunity to keep funds in the community, and support actual local businesses."
— Casey H. (Madison, WI)
"Supporting alternative local community based economy especially in more than usual uncertain times "
— Deliah Rosel (Owner/practitioner, Deliah Rosel - Healing Therapies)
"The money stays local and there's no bank fee"
— Philip C. (Brattleboro, VT)
"To support local economy "
— Shahar C. (Oregon House, CA)
"Big finance doesn't care about us."
— Angelica E. (Madison, WI)
"It can help transition to a stabler, more circular economy directly focused on the needs of people in the immediate community of the Common Good account holder."
— Brendan C. (Sacramento, CA)
"Common good keeps or money within our community and avoids sending a percentage away to the financial industry"
— Jeremy Barker Plotkin (Co-owner, Simple Gifts Farm)
"save small businesses"
— Judy R. (Leverett, MA)
"You can save money on your energy bills while helping to sustain the environment. "
— Carol T. (Longmeadow, MA)
"I'm glad to be supporting other businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community without spending $$$."
— Suzanne R. Carlson (board member; also trainer of curriculum "Walking in Balance with All My Relations"(VBCIC), Traprock Center for Peace & Justice; Visioning BEAR Circle Intertribal Coalition...)
"Local is robust and humane where the larger dogs, players, politicians come and go with no reliable care for the little woman & man."
— Stefan Topolski (country doctor, Trailside Health)
"Finding community resources you didn’t think were available."
— Evan B. (Ashfield, MA)
"Sign up and participate in a system that keeps money local and empowers us to redistribute wealth to our neighbors."
— Andrew R. (Greenfield, MA)

Big Money, Free Card

A lot of money in the right places can make a big difference for everything you care about in the world. Including helping people who need help the most.

  • Support renewable energy, small business, food systems, social justice, arts, and basic needs every time you use your card – at no cost to you. See our video for details.
  • Save your local businesses thousands (or millions) in credit card fees.
  • You decide as a community what to invest in and what to fund.

"As a growing local business, we feel it’s important to bring camaraderie back, working closely with our customers to create the perfect promotional concepts to represent your business."

Susan Brulotte
All About the Promo (MA)

"I applaud the Common Good founders and staff for their dedication and hard work towards constant improvement and clarification of how and why this alternative system for local transactions makes sense here and most anywhere."

Alden Booth
The People's Pint (MA)

"I am part of a community of like-minded people who share a common vision for strengthening and improving the quality of life at the community level."

member Ivan Usaach

"As an early adopter — We LOVE Common Good!"

Jason and Matthew Dean
Foster's Supermarket (MA)

"We really like being tied in with the community. What makes us successful is Greenfield being what it is — a great mix of people in the community. Common Good supporting that is a hit with us."

Seth Lustig
manager, Greenfield Games (MA)

"It works!"

Gary Schaefer
former owner, Snow's Ice Cream (MA)

"I’m ethically aligned with it and the power it has. What it stands for philosophically is a really good thing."

member Aric Savage

"If every business in our region were to take the leap of faith and commit to staying local as much as possible, everyone would benefit. It's all about diversifying and resiliency. Invest in your neighbors!"

Mik Muller
Montague WebWorks (MA)

"We joined to propel Common Good's mission."

Hannah McDonald
manager, Red Fire North (MA)

"I absolutely love the concept."

member Kirk Westphal

"It’s beyond buying local. It is the goal of a community investment."

member Megan McDonough

"I love the Common Good card. It saves me all the credit card fees."

Bill Baker
Baker Office Supply (MA)

"We believe in strong regional economies that benefit our local communities, co-operative ownership, and democratic decision-making."

Brendan Flannelly-King
Real Pickles (MA)

"Common Good has the potential to fundamentally change the roots of our local economy, building a new economic system, one where we control the money."

Sorrel Hatch
Upinngil Farm (MA)

"We're excited to be involved with Common Good because it benefits the community in such a concrete way. So many people are working to make our community a good place to live, and this is one more way to be a part of that."

Jesse Sensenig
Goshen Brewing Company (IN)

"Common Good is so amazing. It is seamless and reliable. This system has the possibility of anchoring the local economy the way few other things could."

Lynn Benander
Co-op Power (MA)

"Common Good is a great way to be part of the community and help—it’s for a good cause. You can’t go wrong!"

Sonny Magar
Namaste Restaurant (MA)

"We feel grateful to be growing low-bush blueberries for our community and being part of Common Good is just an extension of the volition we have to contribute to our region's local economy."

Meredith Wecker
The Benson Place (MA)

"Thinking about joining? I’d say get on the diving board and jump off."

Myron Bontrager
The Electric Brew (IN)

"It's faster than a chip card! And I feel good every time I use my Common Good card."

member David Nelson
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