The National Alliance to End Homelessness reported that on a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness—meaning they were sleeping outside, in an emergency shelter or in a transitional housing program. The good news is that since then, 33 states concentrated in the South and Midwest in addition to the District of Columbia (D.C.) reported decreases in overall homelessness.Read More
The flagship impact investing bond strategy at Community Capital Management enables investors to target their impact investments whether in a separate account or a mutual fund (CRA Qualified Investment Fund). In our recent webinar, we dedicated time to discussing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from investors:Read More
In support of Long Term Care Awareness Month, the impact investment pioneers at Community Capital Management (CCM) want to focus this blog on an issue that will become increasingly important in the coming years. While November is the month to shine a spotlight on long term care, at CCM, we address long term care issues in impact investments throughout the year. Of our 17 impact themes, 15% of our targeted investments last quarter were allocated to our impact theme supporting seniors/disabled.Read More
The discussion during a panel titled “Mainstreaming Impact Investing” at this year’s Social Impact Conference sponsored by Wharton’s Social Impact Initiative, focused on millennials and how they are interested in investing with purpose. Christopher Geczy, an adjunct professor of finance at Wharton, noted that he believes we’ve reached a tipping point as more students have enrolled in his impact investing class versus his traditional investment management course.1Read More
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Many of our impact themes at Community Capital Management overlap with the SDGs themes such as human empowerment, environmental sustainability, and education. While it is only by happenstance that there are 17 SDGs and that we, too, offer clients 17 thematic impact initiatives, it is no coincidence that all our themes parallel the missions of the U.N. SDGs. Below, we list in illustrations how our investors can embrace themes to contribute to a sustainable society.Read More
These terms are often used freely, but they aren’t interchangeable. It is essential to understand—and be able to explain—the differences between socially responsible investing and impact investing so investors can make informed decisions.
In their most basic forms, socially responsible investing and impact investing are very similar. They both seek to consider financial return and social good to bring about a social change. Beyond this, though, socially responsible investing and impact investing begin to branch off in different directions.Read More
“Impact investors are those who are conscious of the existence of serious unjust situations, instances of profound social inequality and unacceptable conditions of poverty affecting communities and entire peoples.”
– Pope Francis, “Investing for the Poor” Vatican Symposium on Impact Investing (2014)
Religion and finance are two topics that rarely intertwine in the minds of most investors. They may attend religious services each week and make charitable donations, but then also adjust their portfolios and watch the stock market at other times and for unrelated reasons. With faith-based impact investing, however, investors no longer have to feel like they are living double lives—it is possible to combine your religious values into your investment portfolio and still have the potential to see promising returns.Read More
With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season upon us, we thought it would be a good time to highlight one of CCM’s seventeen impact investment themes: disaster recovery.
Investors who choose disaster recovery as an impact theme are supporting various community development activities in federally-designated disaster areas and disaster-prone areas to enable the recovery, prevention, or continuation of daily life associated with natural or human-induced disasters.
How does CCM invest in bonds that are helping disaster recovery efforts in the U.S.? Let’s look at three examples below.Read More
At CCM, we categorize our investments using seventeen impact themes, one of which is gender lens. We define this theme as follows: benefiting women and girls, primarily those that are low- and moderate-income, such as women-owned businesses, educational programs, health-related services, and affordable homeownership. We support these initiatives promoting gender equality, especially in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, because of their roles in helping young girls and women advance their skills and job opportunities.
Investors are increasingly interested in seeing examples of the types of bonds that incorporate gender lens. We have included two below.Read More
While the U.S. has made tremendous progress in gender equality, a gender gap persists. Whether it is a result of institutional discrimination towards women, their roles as caregivers affecting their salaries, or a combination of both, a gender wage gap is prevalent among many occupations.Read More