CIM partners with responsible lenders to finance small businesses in line with the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights and to effect economic, environmental, and social change. Since fund inception, we have provided financing to 4,200 U.S. small businesses which represent $4 billion in total revenue. These businesses have created 6,000 new jobs from loan proceeds with 45,000 jobs maintained and 131,000 lives affected. CIM also tracks impact metrics that are derivative of the core impact objective: to increase access to capital for underserved demographics and support impact businesses. Across the portfolio, CIM funds 2-3x more women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses than banks and financial institutions with an aggregate figure of 50% of the loan portfolio lent to WMV-owned businesses. CIM has additionally built an Impact Assessment system to identify and report on impact businesses across 8 areas of impact with 79 unique tags. These impact businesses expressly seek to create a positive social, environmental, or economic change in their community. 21% of the CIM portfolio (>800 loans) are lent to impact businesses in 8 categories: community health and safety, education and youth development, social justice, environmental sustainability, financial inclusion, healthy food systems, and clean energy and efficiency.
The mission of Mercy Investment Services is to enhance the financial resources of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through socially responsible investing. Mercy Investment Services engages in collaborative efforts to: Raise our corporate voice to effect systemic change in corporate policies and activities Provide capital to community organizations, and Participate in other investment opportunities consistent with our mission. Mercy Partnership Fund is the global community investing program of Mercy Investment Services. MPF seeks investment opportunities that benefit the poor, especially women and children, concentrating on those undeserved by traditional sources of capital. Current community investments are at work through approximately 60 mission-driven organizations, including community development financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, community development banks and credit unions, microfinance institutions and international funds. Mercy Investment Services recently established an Environmental Solutions Fund, which is focused on mission-related, market-rate investment strategies.