Community enterprises depend on 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, learning, debating and voting. Investing in community ownership can protect asset-building with transparency, checks and balances on abuses of power. Community enterprises are real world structures that help members and investors in protecting their legal interests. From year to year, the capital in community-owned entities can lead to distributions to investors or to further investment for institutional growth.