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Why and How We Finance Charter Schools

Why and How We Finance Charter Schools

By Emilie Linick, Senior Loan Officer, and Quanic Fullard, Impact Strategy Specialist Capital Impact Partners has long been driven by a mission to help people build communities of opportunity that ...

A Big “IDEA” to Address Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

A Big “IDEA” to Address Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

By Kimberly Dorsett, Human Resources Director The concept of identity politics has had a lot of press of late. How do we, as professionals, as voters, as members of our community, as individuals, ...

COIN: Building economic clout to fight neighborhood poverty

COIN: Building economic clout to fight neighborhood poverty

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO and Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer Note: This Op-Ed originally appeared in the publication Capital Weekly. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s report The ...

Pivoting to Create Opportunity Amidst National Change

Pivoting to Create Opportunity Amidst National Change

Ellis Carr, President and CEO 2016 was marked by change—both for the U.S. and for Capital Impact. Our country witnessed a transition in leadership and with it words and actions that have divided ...

Leading the Way in Mission-driven Lending

Leading the Way in Mission-driven Lending

Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer We have had a strong year in our lending work, where many of our newest initiatives gained momentum and had tremendous impact in the communities we serve. As ...

AA Rating Leads Strong Year of Financial Highlights

AA Rating Leads Strong Year of Financial Highlights

Natalie Gunn, Chief Financial Officer Capital Impact Partners ended 2016 in an extremely strong financial position with unrestricted net assets increasing by $2.4 million. As illustrated in our 2016 ...

Partnering for Impact With The CDFI Fund

Partnering for Impact With The CDFI Fund

By Scott Berman, Director of Policy & Development   As a mission-driven lender, Capital Impact Partners collaborates with a wide range of public, private and philanthropic organizations that ...

Remembering Bradford Frost

Remembering Bradford Frost

On Sunday, January 22, the Capital Impact family lost a dear friend and colleague, Brad Frost. He will be remembered as an individual of integrity, thoughtfulness, sharp wit, and dedication. Brad ...

Capital Impact Earns ‘AA’ S&P Global Rating.  What that means for you.

Capital Impact Earns ‘AA’ S&P Global Rating. What that means for you.

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO I am excited to kick off 2017 with the news that Capital Impact Partners has earned a ‘AA’ issuer credit rating with a stable outlook from S&P Global! S&P ...

Thank You For Inspiring our New Mission & Vision

Thank You For Inspiring our New Mission & Vision

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO As I close out my first year as Capital Impact Partners’ president and CEO, I find myself incredibly humbled and inspired to be part of a movement that is ...

Small Grants Make a Big Impact in Increasing Healthy Food Access

Small Grants Make a Big Impact in Increasing Healthy Food Access

By Olivia Rebanal, Director of Loan Programs California may be an agricultural center of the nation, but more than one million Californians live in neighborhoods without easy access to a full service ...

School Facilities as a Catalyst for Community Development

School Facilities as a Catalyst for Community Development

By Abigail Suarez, Business Development Officer A child’s access to education is the stepping stone to a lifetime of successes. Limited or inadequate access can put a child on a path toward a ...

“Undesign the Redline:” Redefining the History of Redlining and Mortgage Lending

“Undesign the Redline:” Redefining the History of Redlining and Mortgage Lending

By Jason Anderson, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications At Capital Impact Partners, we think about our efforts around affordable housing, healthy communities and inclusive growth in ...

Age-Friendly Health Centers and California: A Proving Ground for Change

Age-Friendly Health Centers and California: A Proving Ground for Change

By Candace Baldwin, Director of Strategy, Aging in Community Wouldn’t we all like to age in our homes and communities, surrounded by what is familiar, supported by a health care team that really ...

New Markets Tax Credits: A Proven Tool for Generating Opportunity in Low-Income Communities

New Markets Tax Credits: A Proven Tool for Generating Opportunity in Low-Income Communities

By Scott Berman, Director, Policy and Development The lack of capital for real estate projects, community facilities, and small businesses in low-income communities is a problem that spawns a host of ...

Why Millennials Should Care About Aging Boomers

Why Millennials Should Care About Aging Boomers

By Kaitlyn Akin, marketing intern at the Calvert Foundation I am willing to admit that, at first glance, investing in seniors doesn’t seem to be the sexiest of financial decisions. In a world where ...

Tri-City Health Center: Financing New Health Care Access for Low-Income Residents

Tri-City Health Center: Financing New Health Care Access for Low-Income Residents

By Katherine Groves & Daniel Ramirez, Loan Originations Team When Tri-City Health Center (TCHC) opened in Fremont, CA in 1970, it was one of just a handful of clinics serving low-income, minority ...

Volunteering and Connection in our Communities

Volunteering and Connection in our Communities

By Tiffany Rogers, Human Resources Director At Capital Impact, we’re committed to building stronger communities. While we do this primarily through financing, we also recognize the importance ...

Expanding and Diversifying our Capital Base

Expanding and Diversifying our Capital Base

By Carolyn Bauer, Chief Risk Officer Driven by another year of strong lending, Capital Impact ended 2015 with a solid financial position. The organization’s overall portfolio increased by $22 ...

Financing that Supports Connections

Financing that Supports Connections

By Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer At Capital Impact Partners we put money to work, focusing our efforts on the best ways to use dollars to achieve powerful outcomes. Our lending work at Capital ...

Introducing our 2020 Vision

Introducing our 2020 Vision

By Ellis Carr, President & CEO As Capital Impact’s new CEO, I am incredibly excited to take this opportunity to both look back at 2015 and to expound on our new five-year vision to 2020. Over ...

A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

By Terry Simonette, outgoing President & CEO As I think about my 32 years with Capital Impact Partners, I am overwhelmed when I consider the thousands of stakeholders that have made contributions ...

Opening Up Possibilities in Co-op Innovation

Opening Up Possibilities in Co-op Innovation

By Clair A. McDevitt, writer Since Benjamin Franklin launched the first mutual fire insurance company in 1752, the cooperative sector has seen waves of success in the United States. Dairy and cheese ...

Putting Down Roots For A Better Future

Putting Down Roots For A Better Future

By Alison Powers, Program Officer More than 10,000 low-and-moderate income homeowners are sleeping better at night thanks to our partner ROC USA. Instead of worrying about rent increases or land ...

What Does it Mean to Age Strong?

What Does it Mean to Age Strong?

By Candace Baldwin, Director of Strategy, Aging in Community Making a community a great place to live and work while also supporting the needs of low-income and vulnerable older adults is difficult. ...

Collaboration for Co-operative Improvement

Collaboration for Co-operative Improvement

By Clair A. McDevitt, writer Picture it: the freezer breaks and you’re scrambling to save all your frozen food. In a home, a big cooler or the generosity of a neighbor may solve your problem – ...

A Holistic Approach to Healthy Food Financing

A Holistic Approach to Healthy Food Financing

  By Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer Healthy food financing isn’t just about health. There is no doubt that improving access to fresh, nutritious foods in low-income communities can help ...

California Health Clinics and Financing to Meet ACA Implementation

California Health Clinics and Financing to Meet ACA Implementation

By Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer The Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets out to provide access to health care for all. The ACA will only be fully implemented in California when all people, including ...

Investing in Detroit’s Comeback: Optimism & Challenges on the Road to Inclusive Growth

Investing in Detroit’s Comeback: Optimism & Challenges on the Road to Inclusive Growth

By Bradford Frost, Director, Detroit Program 2015 was a year of optimism for post-bankruptcy Detroit. We saw significant investments pour in, including the first projects due to the $100 million ...

Finding the Right Partners to Make a Difference in Underserved Neighborhoods

Finding the Right Partners to Make a Difference in Underserved Neighborhoods

By Ian Wiesner, business development manager For many of us, a weekend trip to the grocery store or farmers market to buy fresh produce is such a regular part of our routine that it hardly merits a ...

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