Calvert Impact Capital (Calvert Foundation) is a non-profit investment firm that works with investors to move capital into communities around the world. People and institutions invest through their Community Investment Note and syndication service. They pool those dollars to make loans to roughly 100 mission-driven organizations worldwide that have a social and/or environmental focus.
The founders of Calvert Investments (Now Calvert Research and Management), founded them in 1988 to offer investors more direct ways to invest in communities. They are a separate entity organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and officially began their portfolio and Note offering 1995. Working with individual investors has always been part of their mission.
They were one of the first “impact investments” available through brokerage accounts. Today anyone living in the U.S. with $20 and a bank account can become an investor. In the same spirit, they aim to make impact investing accessible and relevant to a diverse range of investors.
Research consistently shows that economic growth for women has an important multiplier effect - when women flourish, so do societies. Women around the world invest 90% of their income back into their families and communities, which translates into greater access to nutritious foods, education, healthcare, and increased economic activity. Put simply, investing in women just smart economics.
Since Calvert Impact Capital first launched, investors have continuously expressed their interest in investing to support their local communities. The benefits of investing locally are clear - you can see real, tangible results, and fuel growth and prosperity in the communities you live in and love.
Support for the Aging
Over the next 25 years, the number of Americans over 65 will double. This growing need urges them to invest in the enterprises that provide critical and support services that they all need to age strong.
In 2015 they joined forces with AARP, AARP Foundation, and Capital Impact Partners to launch Age Strong. Together they seek to channel $70 million to organizations across the U.S. that provide critical services for people over 50.
Heritage and Investing
Today the total immigrant population of the U.S. is over 40 million, representing about 14% of the total population. This figure does not include individuals who are second- or third-generation immigrants, who comprise closer to 37% of the total population. Many of these people come to the U.S. in search of greater economic opportunity for themselves and their families. They are taking on jobs, starting businesses, and building up their own wealth.
Investing With Your Faith
For centuries, faith traditions have provided them with values and practices to make the world a better place: prophetic advocacy, sacred community building, stewardship and the pursuit of social justice. Community impact investing is a way to express those values in the world.