Since our beginnings in 2004, Aeris has established risk management standards for private community loan funds (CDFIs) and has helped drive the development of impact measurement and management practices in the CDFI industry—a learning curve now being replicated in the broader impact investment world. In 2013, the Aeris Cloud became the first online platform to help CDFI investors understand the impact and financial performance of their investments. Today, the broader investing field seeks a reliable, high-quality tool to collect, manage, and analyze impact data. Aeris’ unique experience and expertise can help accelerate the pace of impact investing.
The mission of the Argosy Foundation is to support people and programs that make their society a better place to live. The foundation seeks to employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches that help people to help themselves, and become self-sustaining whenever possible. The foundation's intention is to solve systemic problems, build teams and communities, create replicable solutions, and inspire others to contribute in their own ways. Argosy's vision is a world where all people are empowered and inspired to make a positive impact on their communities and our world.
The Stevens and Nichols families share a commitment to education and the arts, together with an enduring appreciation of the inter-relatedness of local community to the international community and to the global environment. It is to this shared vision that the work of the Foundation is dedicated.
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.
Kapor Capital invests in tech-driven early stage companies committed to closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and/or communities of color in the United States. We are particularly interested in those that address gaps of disproportionate relevance to African-Americans and Latinx communities.
We are open to invest across every sector, including education, work, finance, justice, food and health.
Beginning in 2011, we have invested exclusively in companies that have real potential to produce both significant financial returns and large-scale social impact by:
closing gaps of access to information or goods and services; and/or
expanding economic opportunity in the workplace and the marketplace; and/or
increasing outcomes such as efficiency and competitiveness of market-based solutions to social and economic issues.
We seek entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, especially people of color, women and other groups that have been historically underrepresented. We believe lived experience helps entrepreneurs identify rapidly-scalable, market-based solutions others have overlooked.
Moreover, we believe gap-closing startups have an advantage when their teams reflect the demographics of the markets they serve, as illustrated by our Founders’ Commitment. Centered on four strategic actions, our Founders’ Commitment requires all new portfolio companies to make diversity and inclusion a core part of their business.
So, do you fit our general investment criteria? Yes, if:
your startup is tech-driven, in the early stage, and has potential for large-scale economic success, and
your startup closes a significant gap of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and/or communities of color in the U.S., and
you are committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive company culture as guided by The Founders’ Commitment
Partners for the Common Good (PCG) is a mission based national CDFI loan fund. We participate with other CDFIs across the nation and have funded loans in 36 states through 45 lending partners across the United States that serve low-income communities. In addition, we own and manage the online platform, CapNexus, that connect community development practitioners across the nation to each other for the purpose of connecting capital to mission oriented projects and organizational efforts. Also, we have lines of business in Policy and Advocacy and Social Impact. Our experience with impact investing is connecting with investors or their representatives primarily through CapNexus to assist in finding projects for their portfolio and in our everyday work,and outreach.