I just finished the book Locavesting. It talks about a variety of different ways individuals can invest in their communities instead of sending their money to Wall Street. Sending money to Wall Street can be counterproductive for so many reasons. I want to invest my money locally in firms that pay a living wage, use environmental practices and invest in our local community. I do not want to send my money to a place that destroys our communities and gambles with our money and when they fail, use our tax money for bonuses. When 1% of our GDP one year is from bonuses from those in the financial sector, something is very wrong.
There are so many others who have this same mindset and there is a lot of movement towards investing locally and there are a lot of ways to do it now. North Carolina recently passed a law that opens up more opportunities towards that. You can see details about it here: https://www.locavesting.com/crowdfunding/north-carolina-forges-ahead-with-intrastate-crowdfunding/.
There is also a strong slow money presence in North Carolina. You can find information about that here: https://slowmoneync.org/
I recommend the book. It is a bit dated but they do have a website that stays current and it is a good overview of the locavesting movement. https://www.locavesting.com/