Commitment to Action

Next Generation Community Development Finance

Commitment by

The Ford Foundation

In 2013, The Ford Foundation committed to launch its Next Generation Community Development Finance strategy to bridge the divide between socially-conscious investors and impactful community investment opportunities. Over the next five years, the foundation will deploy grants and program-related investments totaling approximately $50 million to build field and market infrastructure necessary to scale current community investing tools and institutions. The foundation's industry-building strategy includes supporting product standardization, servicing platforms, rating systems, deal matching services, risk management mechanisms, as well as efforts to advance policy and regulatory changes to incentivize mainstream investors participation in the community investing market. Over the next five years, the Foundation's investments are expected to leverage an additional $200 million in investment.

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Commitment

Next Generation Community Development Finance

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

4 Years

Estimated Total Value

$50,000,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

The Ford Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Social Investment Forum, Opportunity Finance Network, Global Impact Investing Network, Harvard University