Community-focused companies looking to grow and scale often face barriers to securing the equity investments they need. This is especially true for companies run by entrepreneurs of color or who serve traditionally disinvested communities. As a result, options tend to be limited to taking on debt or turning to extractive capital that benefits the investor more than the business.
We are changing that paradigm through an investment strategy focused on providing the capital needed to grow at a pace that aligns with the strategy of that company. Our goal is to not only support the company itself but also drive meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities in which they operate.
Together with our sister organization Capital Impact Partners, we have over 80+ years of experience delivering a suite of lending products, impact investments, and programs to serve a diverse set of businesses and communities. This allows us to work with your company at different stages including bringing in our investments team to work with you during those critical growth points.
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With a focus on social impact through scaling community-focused companies, our strategy is to ensure the organizational leaders maintain control of their vision and have the flexibility they need to achieve success. Unlike venture capital approaches that seek to extract returns, our investment approach aims to grow the company, create impact, and ensure wealth remains within the community.
Our investments group utilizes a flexible investment approach that uses the following range of investment instruments to support growth-stage companies:
Types of Businesses We Partner With
Our investments group works to create transformation within underestimated communities long overlooked by traditional capital providers by investing in and growing social enterprises focused on four main areas:
Impact Investing Success Stories
|Investment||$5 million junior venture debt investment||$1 million preferred equity|
|Company Overview||Cultural experience company, led by Abner Mason, focused on partnering with health plans to guide their Medicaid and Medicare Advantage members through personalized wellness journeys that encourage dignity, autonomy, and companionship.||Obran Cooperative is a worker-owned conglomerate that seeks to enhance lives, improve social determinants of health, and build wealth through employee ownership. Obran Health, a subsidiary of Obran Cooperative, is building the first worker-owned, home-based healthcare system, and does this by acquiring and transforming businesses in the home-based and ambulatory settings|
|Meet our Investees||Q&A With SameSky Health CEO Abner Mason||Read more about Obran’s transformative approach to support coops and health equity|
Our diverse and dedicated team brings decades of experience helping to grow mission-aligned companies with expertise in managing a variety of investment instruments.
Head of Capital Deployment
Experience: 20 years of experience in impact investing both domestically and internationally including AHA Social Impact Funds; Calvert Asset Management; Global Innovation Fund; Skoll Foundation
Education: BBA from the University of Miami; JD from Howard University
Experience: 12-year track record in the impact sector with a focus on mezzanine debt and small businesses in disinvested environments
Education: BA from Cornell University; Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University; MBA from Columbia University
Experience: 9-year track record in impact investing with a focus on preferred equity and mezzanine debt across multiple sectors
Education: BA from the Georgia Institute of Technology; MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Senior Director, Capital Deployment Initiatives
Experience: 12-year track record of helping social enterprises scale with a focus on investor relations and fund structures
Education: BA from Harvard University; MBA from the University of Chicago
Analyst, Capital Deployment & Investments
Experience: 8-year track record in asset management with a focus on equity, fixed-income investment, and fund management
Education: BA from Wuhan University; Master’s degree in Finance from EDHEC (France) Business School.
In this video, our Chief Investment Officer and Head of Capital Deployment, Raymond Guthrie, provides an overview of why we make impact investments to support growth-stage businesses and how we can work with companies like yours.