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Fast Company Names Ellis Carr of Momentus Capital as One of the Most Creative People in Business

14th annual list honors a wide-ranging group of individuals across an array of industries

August 9, 2022 (Arlington, VA and San Diego, CA) – Ellis Carr, the president and CEO of the Momentus Capital family of companies, has been selected by Fast Company in the business publication’s 14th annual list of the Most Creative People in Business.

The list, announced today, recognizes individuals making a cultural impact via bold achievements that have never been accomplished before in their chosen fields, from entertainment to healthcare to food. Fast Company editors and writers research candidates for the list throughout the year, scouting every business sector, including technology, medicine, engineering, marketing, entertainment, design, and social good, to find those who are leading with creativity during one of the most challenging times in history.

Fast Company highlighted Carr and Momentus Capital — which includes Capital Impact Partners, CDC Small Business Finance, and Ventures Lending Technologies — for creating the Equitable Development Initiative, a national program that helps developers of color overcome systemic issues and lead affordable real estate projects.

A real estate developer works on his laptop during a session of Detroit's Equitable Development Initiative, which seeks to break down racial barriers for real estate developers of color.

Capital Impact Partners Celebrates Aflac Incorporated’s Announcement of a Major Investment and Commitment Toward Helping Disinvested Communities

August 2, 2022 (Arlington, VA) – Capital Impact Partners announced today that Aflac Incorporated has publicly announced a $15 million investment in Capital Impact Investment Notes (“Notes”).

“As a compassionate company that is innately driven by our commitment to the policyholders and communities we serve, we are continually seeking investment opportunities that champion underserved communities,” said Teresa McTague, Chief Investment Officer of Aflac U.S. and Aflac Global Investments’ Global Head of ESG Investment Strategies. “The opportunity presented by Capital Impact Partners aligned very well with the Socioeconomic Advancement and Empowerment category under our Sustainability Bond Framework. We were thrilled to identify and act upon this caliber of investment opportunity through Capital Impact Partners. Our investment and partnership is far more than transactional to us; it embodies our vision of making a direct and measurable difference in the lives of many, which exemplifies core values our company treasures.”

“We are thrilled to join in celebrating Aflac Incorporated’s commitment toward our mission,” said Natalie Gunn, Chief Financial Officer of Capital Impact Partners. “We’ve shown over the past 40 years just how effective impact investing can be. We’re able to deliver a strong financial performance while fulfilling our mission of creating social and economic justice in disinvested communities throughout the United States.”

Gretchen Shoemaker, co-owner of Georgia's restaurant in Anaheim and Long Beach. Her business was turned down by banks, but CDC Small Business Finance helped these entrepreneurs open their new location in Long Beach.

Momentus Capital Commends Biden-Harris Administration for Supporting Economic Opportunity Coalition, Committing to Address Economic Disparities in Communities of Color

The Momentus Capital family of companies is a founding member of the new coalition dedicated to addressing economic disparities and accelerating economic opportunities.

July 28, 2022 (Arlington, VA and San Diego, CA) – Momentus Capital is honored to serve as one of the founding members of newly created Economic Opportunity Coalition (EOC).

Vice President Kamala Harris announced today historic efforts to catalyze and align both public and private investments — including formation of the new EOC — to address economic disparities and accelerate economic opportunity in communities of color and other underserved communities.

The EOC is made up of 23 companies and foundations, including 14 companies ranked in the Fortune 500. Their goal is to focus commitments in a few areas that will move the needle — aligning their major investments in communities of color with investments made by the Biden-Harris Administration.

“Momentus Capital is uniquely positioned to serve a significant role representing mission-driven financial institutions on the Economic Opportunity Coalition,” said Ellis Carr, president and CEO of the Momentus Capital family of companies, which includes Capital Impact Partners, CDC Small Business Finance, and Ventures Lending Technologies. “Our team has extensive experience with small business and community development, and the ability to offer a continuum of capital at every growth stage to support economic mobility and wealth creation.” 

Real estate developer standing in hard hat in front of the word "us" with the Momentus Capital logo in the corner.

Leading Mission-Driven Organizations Launch Momentus Capital to Transform How The Financial Sector Helps Entrepreneurs and Communities Thrive

Capital Impact Partners, CDC Small Business Finance, and Ventures Lending Technologies bring more than 80 years of combined small business and community development experience to the Momentus Capital family of organizations.

JULY 21, 2022 (Arlington, VA/San Diego, CA) – The financial sector can play a greater role in helping build inclusive and equitable communities — by providing people with access to the capital and opportunities they deserve. Opening up these doors is fundamental for local leaders and entrepreneurs to contribute not only to their communities, but to our shared economy.

In a first-of-its-kind announcement, Capital Impact Partners, CDC Small Business Finance, and Ventures Lending Technologies are coming together as Momentus Capital to create the transformational change needed in the financial sector to achieve this vision.

For too long, many people — especially people of color — have been overlooked, ignored, or systematically excluded from the current system. Residents from all walks of life deserve to have equitable access to the things that contribute to their health and wealth: a vibrant local economy with good jobs; high-quality social services; and a voice in what happens in their community.

“Small business owners, developers, and other local leaders are the engines of job creation and economic activity in communities across the country. When these leaders have the opportunity to succeed, their communities, their residents — and our country — thrive,” said Ellis Carr, president and CEO of Momentus Capital. “We need bold thinking and a holistic approach to unleash solutions for underestimated communities. Momentus Capital was created to meet that challenge.”

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Growing Diverse Housing Developers: A New Training Program For Developers of Color

Capital Impact Partners joins forces with LIIF and Reinvestment Fund for a program sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation in support of real estate developers of color and creating more affordable housing

June 29, 2022 (Arlington, VA) – Capital Impact Partners is partnering with Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) and Reinvestment Fund to expand its commitment to helping real estate developers of color grow their businesses in an industry where they have long been underrepresented. 

Through a $30 million grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, the three mission-driven Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will implement Growing Diverse Housing Developers, a new program that will connect housing developers of color with lower-cost, flexible capital, as well as the training, mentorship, and resources needed to grow and scale their businesses. Growing Diverse Housing Developers also seeks to increase the supply of homes that are affordable in several key regions across the country.

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Capital Impact Partners Named to ImpactAssets 50 For Fifth Straight Year

The first publicly available, searchable resource of impact investing fund managers zeroes in on some of the industry’s most impactful managers.

May 18, 2022 (Arlington, VA) – For the fifth straight year, Capital Impact Partners has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 – a free, annual database for impact investors, family offices, corporate and family foundations, and institutional investors that features a diversified listing of private capital fund managers delivering social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.

Capital Impact, a leading mission-driven Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), began offering its Capital Impact Investment Notes in 2017. The Investment Notes allow retail and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the organization’s nationwide efforts to create social impact for disinvested communities. 

For Second Straight Year, Capital Impact Partners Named One of the Best Nonprofits to Work For

The NonProfit Times selects Capital Impact Partners as #8 medium-sized nonprofit, #23 overall

May 18, 2022 (Arlington, VA) – For the second straight year, Capital Impact Partners has been selected as one of the 50 Best Nonprofits To Work For by The NonProfit Times, the leading publication for nonprofit managers. 

In these national rankings, Capital Impact was #8 in the medium-sized category (organizations with 50-249 employees) and #23 overall.