Local Efforts to Scale up Impact Investing in Affordable Housing Are Gaining Steam

Local Efforts to Scale up Impact Investing in Affordable Housing Are Gaining Steam

Two top community foundations have recently gotten behind public-private efforts to ease the housing squeeze. And a Seattle nonprofit is crowdfunding affordable housing investments. Can this new wave of local investing move the needle?

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Corporate Funders Flock to This Community Foundation's Housing Investment Fund

Corporate Funders Flock to This Community Foundation's Housing Investment Fund

More community foundations are getting behind impact investing, often with housing on the agenda. Recently, the Foundation for the Carolinas has attracted major corporate backing with a fund designed to boost affordable housing in the region.

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Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in funding for LGBTQ causes by community foundations—a trend that reflects growing donor interest. The Boston Foundation is an example of a local grantmaker that’s been giving more in this space.

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How a Big Community Foundation Embraces Impact Investing in Arizona

How a Big Community Foundation Embraces Impact Investing in Arizona

Along with prominent community funders like the Cleveland Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation, the Arizona Community Foundation is emerging as a national impact investing leader. Here’s how ACF approaches nonprofit loans.

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How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

Texas has more counties—254—than any other state in the U.S. Not every county has its own community foundation, but many do, including Montgomery County. And the Montgomery County Community Foundation is interested in a lot of things going on in this part of Texas.

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Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Community foundations tend to play things safe, given the many stakeholders they must please. So how did the Brooklyn Community Foundation get out front on racial equity, becoming an early philanthropic leader on these issues? Here’s the inside story.

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How the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Has Been Giving Lately

How the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Has Been Giving Lately

In late 2017, this funder decided that 100 percent of grants from its community grants program would go toward unrestricted purposes and that most of these grants would be for multi-year periods. It’s now putting that strategy into action.

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Places to Gather: How a Community Foundation is Growing Public Spaces

Places to Gather: How a Community Foundation is Growing Public Spaces

Investing in public spaces in a thoughtful way is trickier than it looks. The Rhode Island Foundation is yet another funder that’s ramping up giving in this space. Why is it giving more here? And what’s its approach?

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Connecting Dots: Special Initiatives at the Orange County Community Foundation

Connecting Dots: Special Initiatives at the Orange County Community Foundation

In addition to the funder’s standard giving areas that see annual support, OCCF has some separate initiatives that are targeted toward certain population groups in Southern California. Here’s a quick look.

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A Community Foundation That's Moving Grant Money to Local Medical Researchers

A Community Foundation That's Moving Grant Money to Local Medical Researchers

We don't see many community foundations prioritize medical research, which is more typically funded by national foundations and major philanthropists. But the Rhode Island Foundation has been working to catalyze and guide donor activity in this space since 2008.

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