Community Development Innovation Review

August 2009

NCIF Social Performance Metrics: Increasing the Flow of Investments in Distressed Neighborhoods through Community Development Banking Institutions


Is it possible to develop a practical methodology that differentiates community development banking institutions from all other banks and thrifts? Can we create a direct correlation between a bank’s community development activities and the level of investor support that it receives, resulting in a “reward” tied to the developmental impact of these institutions? Can we actually measure this social return for investors and stakeholders and combine social return with financial return to generate a total return that is higher than the total return achieved from mainstream investments?

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Other articles in this issue

Mission Insurance: How to Structure a Social Enterprise So Its Social and Environmental Goals Survive into the Future

Exploring the Continuum of Social and Financial Returns: When Does a Nonprofit Become a Social Enterprise?

Using High-Transparency Banks to Reconnect Money and Meaning

Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Problems at Scale

Increasing Access to Capital: Could Better Measurement of Social and Environmental Outcomes Entice More Institutional Investment Capital into Underserved Communities?

Reject the Reset!

Rethink Charity

Local Stock Exchanges and National Stimulus

At the Crossroads Where Economic Development, Job Creation and Workforce Development Intersect


Could “Small Is Beautiful” Replace “Too Big to Fail?”