Community enterprises depend on a variety of capital investments and investors. For participants large and small, investing together leads to new financial rights, roles, and responsibilities. Investing also supports community information sharing, debate, and voting. Investing in community ownership can protect asset-building through checks and balances on individual authority and group abuses of power. Moreover, investors in community-owned entities can decide to distribute their dividends or to invest more for the future. Community enterprises help structure capabilities for people and profit in ways that empower community members and users to protect their legal interests.