Application Guidelines

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive an investment, borrowers must meet the social impact criteria as well as demonstrate the ability to repay the investment in a timely fashion.

Borrowers must be duly incorporated organizations. Ordinarily this would be a non-profit organization with a charitable purpose. The Fund does not lend to individuals.

Social Impact Criteria:

  1. The project will target resources to the economically poor, especially women and children.
  2. The project will demonstrate a stewardship approach to land, water, air and other resources.
  3. The beneficiaries have difficulty obtaining funding through traditional financial sources. [A funding recipient is an intermediary with whom we invest our money. Beneficiaries are the persons or groups to whom the intermediary chooses to give funding.]
  4. The funding recipient is seeking ways to give the beneficiaries an effective voice in the planning and implementation of the project.
  5. The funding recipient seeks ways to address the multi-cultural reality of our society.
  6. The project will create alternative approaches to the production of goods and services (such as cooperatives).
  7. The funding recipient seeks to effect systemic change for social and environmental justice.

Types of Investments

The investments may lack preferred investment characteristics such as market rates of return, or liquidity; however, preservation of principal is important. The types of investments include:

  • Direct Loan: Low interest loan between the Fund and borrower. Examples of borrowers would be other non-profit organizations.
  • Intermediary Loan: A loan between the Fund and a non-profit organization that lends to other non-profit organizations. Examples of intermediaries would be loan funds, credit unions, and development banks.
  • Linked Deposit: Below market rate deposit by the Fund in a community development financial institution that decreases the interest rate and helps the financial institution to make small business and housing loans to revitalize communities.
  • Equity Capital: Investment in stock in a community development bank or other types of alternative economic enterprises.

Allocation Matrix

Goal for the portfolio:

  • 33% in the western region
    (AZ,AL, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY);
  • 33% internationally, and
  • 33% other, either national or international.

Amount, Rates, Terms

  • The minimum term is one year. The maximum term is 5 years.
  • The interest rate is below market rate and is determined using the financial objectives of the Fund and the request of the borrower. The minimum interest rate for any loan will be 1%.
  • Ordinarily the maximum loan amount to any one organization will be 5% of the fund’s assets.
  • Loans made directly to non-profits will be required to pay interest at least quarterly. Semi-annual and annual interest payments for certificates of deposit (linked deposits) and pooled loan funds (intermediaries) are permissible.
  • Borrowers may use the investments to leverage other funding.
  • Collateral is not required, but is desired when available.
  • Current borrowers may request loan renewals. To request a loan renewal, the borrower must be current on the outstanding loan and submit a written proposal for review.
  • For monitoring purposes, an independent audit and a report, which describes the social impacts of the borrower, are required once a year.

To apply, go the Forms page.