The community investing industry is comprised of many types of investment institutions and initiatives focused on community development in underserved areas. Community Investment Institutions (CIIs) cater to a variety of investing goals and collectively hold more than $19.6 billion in assets. Below are the types of CIIs this website focuses on. Learn more about the Community Investment Products offered by these CIIs or begin searching for them using our Community Investment Database.
Community Development Banks provide capital to rebuild low-income communities. They are regulated institutions that offer federally insured products and services similar to traditional banks with a focus on community development in underserved areas.
Community Development Credit Unions serve individuals and communities with limited access to financial services. They are also regulated, offer the same products and services as conventional credit unions, and their accounts are federally insured.
Community Development Loan Funds are typically private, nonprofit, unregulated financial intermediaries that finance high-impact community development projects and provide technical assistance to their borrowers in the U.S.
International Community Development Funds are nonprofit, U.S.-based intermediaries that channel investor dollars to locally-based institutions around the world that provide financing and assistance to underserved individuals, small enterprises, and communities around the world.
Community Development Venture Capital Funds are CIIs that offer equity and equity-like investments. Structured as for-profits, non-profits, limited partnerships, or limited liability companies, they make equity and equity-like investments in entrepreneurial new businesses to create jobs and wealth in disadvantage communities.
Social Enterprises are nonprofit-owned and -operated businesses that provide employment and job training in underserved communities while raising money to further the mission of the organization.
Community Development Pooled Funds are intermediaries that spread investor capital over a number of CIIs, thus creating a diversified and less risky investment.
Community Development Bond Funds are mutual funds that invest in fixed income securities supporting community development in low to moderate income areas.
Learn more about the Community Investment Products offered by these CIIs or begin searching for them using our Community Investment Database.
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