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Busy Start to the School Year

Sep 13, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

September is a busy time as summer vacations come to an end, kids go back to school, and new routines are established.  At CCM, these past two weeks have been a particularly exciting time for us, celebrating our 20-year anniversary, releasing a new research report on CDFIs, and distributing our first annual impact/ESG investing survey.

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Honoring Women's Equality Day

Aug 30, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

August 18th marked the 99th year since the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote nationally.  In honor of this hard-fought victory, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated every year on August 26th.  The day not only honors those who fought for equality in the early 1900’s but also celebrates the continued progress of all women’s movements since that time.1

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Demand for Top Talent Increases in Impact/ESG Investing

Aug 23, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Goldman Sachs recently launched a sustainable finance-focused unit that will serve as a centralized resource to guide other divisions of the company regarding knowledge, skills, and input related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing. This unit won’t replace any of Goldman’s current ESG functions or initiatives, but instead will support all groups as they build out their ESG offerings.1

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Investment Managers Turn to Impact/ESG Investing

Aug 09, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Impact investing has grown exponentially in recent years, and it does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.  According to Morningstar, ESG funds in the U.S. have attracted $8.4 billion in just the first half of 2019 – already shattering the previous annual record of $5.4 billion in 20181.  With this shift in investor behavior, more investment managers are looking to implement impact/ESG strategies to join the movement.  But are they all qualified to be doing so?

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Iceland Glacier Draws Attention to Climate Change

Aug 02, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

One hundred years ago, Icelandic glacier, Okjökull, was 50 meters thick and covered almost 6 square miles1.  In 2014, it became the first glacier that Iceland has lost to climate change – but environmentalists are making sure that it will not be forgotten.  Members of the Icelandic Hiking Society and researchers from Rice University are installing a monument to memorialize the glacier which will officially be unveiled next month2 The monument will include the plaque below which is “a letter to the future” in an effort to bring awareness to the time sensitive issue of climate change.

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The Time is Now: Join Impact Investors in Making the World a Better Place

Jul 19, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Today, many of the world’s largest private and public organizations support a mission to work on solving the world’s most prominent problems. This includes helping to fight poverty, advocating for human rights, and protecting the Earth’s climate.  However, the question arises, are these large organizations are doing enough? Are we neglecting an obvious tool for impact? In a world in which economic and financial systems directly shape environmental and social conditions, are our investments helping to advance our mission or are they undercutting it?1

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Key Findings from GIIN’s 2019 Annual Impact Investors Survey

Jul 12, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization that aims to spread awareness and increase effectiveness of impact investing worldwide. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that helps accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.1  Every year, GIIN releases their Annual Impact Investor Survey and creates a report based on the results. This year’s report presents findings from 266 of the world’s top impact investors. This was the most respondents GIIN has ever received making this the most comprehensive and conclusive assessment of the impact investing market.

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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York Launches Educational Workshops for Banks to Invest in Puerto Rico

Jun 28, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is a federal law enacted in 1977 to encourage banks and depository institutions to meet the credit needs of the communities in which they do business, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods. On the investment test, CRA credit typically requires investing in an institution’s nearby assessment area(s), but in areas hit by major disasters, CRA credit can be extended.  Last year, after Hurricane Maria, federal banking officials extended CRA credit to financial institutions anywhere in the United States to include hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.1  Eligibility for CRA credit in Puerto Rico is intended to increase capital flowing into communities as they try to rebuild.  

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The preservation and growth of affordable housing is critical as homelessness in some major U.S. cities is still on the rise

Jun 21, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

In the past year, many major U.S. cities have reported significant progress in housing for their homeless.1  While homelessness has been on the decline nationally, the trend, unfortunately, does not hold true in several major cities.  In Los Angeles, the number of homeless people increased by 12 percent in LA county and 16 percent in the city last year.  According to the county’s Homeless Service Authority, they helped 21,631 people into permanent housing during 2018, yet economic conditions forced thousands more into homelessness due to economic forces and the interlocking systems of foster care, mental health, criminal justice, and the housing market.2

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CCM visits the properties impacted by our investments

Jun 14, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Summertime is usually associated with warm weather, days at the pool – or the golf course – and vacation.  For some of us at CCM, summer can mean travel, especially to conferences throughout the U.S.  This week kicked off the summer conference season with the US SIF conference in Minneapolis and the Catholic Health Assembly in Dallas.  CCM team members attended and networked with many of the attendees, including innovative influencers in the impact/ESG investing space.

Depending on the location of the conference – or in some cases, the destination of our team member’s travel – we ask our team to learn more about the stories behind our investments by conducting local on-site visits.  We always enjoy seeing first-hand the properties or small businesses that our clients’ investments are financing and how they are helping to create positive impact.  At many of our visits, we are able to meet with residents, employees and supportive staff, as well as receive a tour of the property and neighborhood.

Our team thoroughly enjoys visiting the properties as each visit gives us more insight into our direct impact on the community.  We value the opportunity to meet the people behind each of our investments and share details of our visits with our investors in our Annual Impact Report. 

Image: CCM's President & COO, Alyssa Greenspan visits a property in Minneapolis, MN

This summer we already have three scheduled on-site visits throughout the U.S. – one of them being our 2018 Annual CCM Impact Award Winner, the Hawthorne Eco Village Apartments in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To read more about three of our 2018’s on-site visits, our 2018 Annual Impact Report can be found here.

We look forward to reporting back on our upcoming on-site visits and happy summer!

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