Across America and around the world,
many communities lack affordable housing, childcare, healthcare
and jobs that pay a living wage.
Community investing is financing that creates
resources and opportunities for economically disadvantaged people
in the U.S. and overseas who are underserved by traditional
You can put your money to work re-building
these communities that have been left behind. From opening a
checking account at a community bank to investing in a mutual
fund that puts assets into communities, there's a whole range
of options at Community Investing Institutions available in
our resource section.
Here's how it works:
When you open an account with a Community
Investing Institution, your money goes towards strengthening
community development. Community Investing Institutions use
your deposits and investments to provide financing to communities
that are overlooked by traditional lenders, creating resources
and opportunities for people who need them most. Community investing
helps provide communities with:
To learn more about how community investing
helps strengthen communities, see community
investing success stories.
Co-op America and the Social Investment Forum Foundation
recommend that you place at least 1%
of your banking and investments into community investing.