Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program
This program advances strategies that connect the poor and underemployed to the mainstream economy.
This site explores the intersection of financial, social, and environmental value that is created by investment activity, and identifies ways to maximize these value elements.
Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings’ Policy Program seeks to shape a new generation of urban policies that will help build strong neighborhoods, cities, and metropolitan regions. In partnership with academics, private and public sector leaders, and locally-elected officials, the Program informs the national debate on the impact of government policies, private sector actions, and national trends on cities and their metropolitan areas. By connecting expert knowledge and practical experience to the deliberations of state and federal policymakers, the Program aims to help develop integrated approaches and practical solutions to the challenges confronting these communities.
Calvert Social Investment Foundation
The Calvert Foundation has investment, research, and donation products that support community development organizations nationwide. Through socially responsible investment, the Foundation supports affordable housing, microcredit, and social enterprise programs.
Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA)
CDVCA promotes the field by combining advocacy, education, communications, and best-practice dissemination through conferences and workshops. CDVCA makes its expertise available to CDVC funds by providing consulting services and technical assistance.
Consumer and Economic Development Research and Information Center
CEDRIC’s Research Repository is a searchable database of research papers, articles, and speeches on a variety of topics, including community development, financial education, and immigrant assimilation.
Fannie Mae Foundation
With its commitment to knowledge-sharing and innovation, the Fannie Mae Foundation publishes a variety of journals and periodicals. With subjects ranging from regional and national housing issues to policy and research news, the Foundation offers a wealth of information to individuals in the affordable housing and community development field.
Financial Innovations Roundtable (FIR)
FIR seeks to develop ideas that link conventional and non-traditional lenders, investors and markets to provide increased access to capital in low-income communities. The site includes extensive research and discussion among national experts on access to capital and access to financial services for low-income communities.
The Joint Center for Housing Studies
The Joint Center is Harvard University's clearinghouse for information and research on housing in the United States. The Joint Center analyzes the dynamic relationships between housing markets and economic, demographic, and social trends, providing leaders in government, business, and the non-profit sector with the knowledge needed to develop effective policies and strategies.
The goals of the MixMarket are to facilitate exchanges and investment flows, promote transparency, and improve reporting standards in the global microfinance industry.
More for Mission
The More for Mission Campaign is a proactive commitment to broadly promote mission investing and challenge foundations to take up mission investing practices. The goal of the campaign is to increase mission investment commitments by $12 billion over the next five years. The Campaign aims to help foundations build capacity so that they have the tools to be able to better align their investments with the mission of the organization.
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN)
OFN’s mission is to lead the opportunity finance system to scale through capital formation, policy, and capacity development.
Social Edge is a Skoll Foundation program that provides information and resources to social entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
Social Investment Forum (SIF)
SIF is a national nonprofit membership organization promoting the concept, practice, and growth of socially responsible investing. The site features a Community Investing Guide and a variety of news and research resources.
Wall Street Without Walls (WSWW)
WSWW fills a finance expertise gap in the nonprofit sector. Through its partnership with the Templeton Foundation, WSWW matches senior and retired volunteers who have investment banking and capital markets experience with community development organizations who are seeking creative solutions to financing challenges of $10 million or more.
The Woodstock Institute
Woodstock promotes local and national community reinvestment and economic development in lower-income and minority communities.