Community Loan Funds and Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs)
Community Loan funds and Community Development Finance Institutions offer endowments cash or fixed income like investments that have a positive impact on the surrounding community. They have a risk/return profile that can make investments suitable for the fixed income or cash portfolio dependent on the tenor of the note or CD. When used as a cash investment, endowments may want to consider laddering investments as the loans made generally have a 1 - 10 year tenor and these investments cannot be sold on the public market.
Many CDFI's are rated by an organization called Aeris which rates both the financial stability and impact of the organization. A few have been rated by Standard & Poors rating agency.
Resources for Learning More
- CDFI Locator - learn more about community development finance institution with and without investible community load funds in your region
- Higher Education’s Anchor Mission: Measuring Place-Based Engagement l Democracy Collaborative, 2017
- Place-Based Investing for Resilient Rural Development | Croatan Institute, 2016
- CDFIs Stepping into the Breach: An Impact Evaluation—Summary Report l Michael E. Swack, University of New Hampshire, 2014
- Place-Based Investing: Creating Sustainable Returns and Strong Communities l Democracy Collaborative
- Expanding the Market for Community Investment In the United States l US SIF, July 2013