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A database of all social investments made since 2009. We update this listing several times a year as new investments are confirmed.

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Marygrove Conservancy

This guarantee supports a line of credit to be used to complete construction on the Liberal Arts building, which houses the Marygrove middle and high school classes. It also covers costs to begin construction on the Immaculata building, which will house the elementary program. View Website

Amount

$57M guarantee

Year

2021

Location

Detroit, Mich.

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transformative Project/Marygrove

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Michigan Saves

This loan will allow Michigan Saves to carry out a project lending directly to homeowners, small businesses and nonprofits located in low- and moderate-income areas of Detroit for energy retrofitting, building electrification and solar panel installation. The loan will allow Michigan Saves to address a critical market gap, as areas of Detroit and other low-to-moderate income areas of the state do not get their fair share of lending capital for this purpose. View Website

Amount

$2.5M loan

Year

2021

Location

Lansing, MI

Program

Detroit, Environment, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

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BlocPower

This guarantee supports BlocPower’s goals of increasing energy retrofitting and “electrification” (elimination of on-site fossil fuel combustion) in the most disinvested city neighborhoods by supporting its ability to attract significant capital market investment. The guarantee also will support the first “whole-of-city” approach to these issues through BlocPower’s partnership with Ithaca, New York . View Website

Amount

$3M guarantee

Year

2021

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Program

Environment, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

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Seed Commons

A CDFI, Seed Commons specializes in financing worker-owned cooperatives via non-extractive financing. This program-related investment loan will allow them to expand lending capacity. Seed Commons operates akin to a “fund of funds” model wherein it provides capital for mission-aligned loans made by a network of local community organizations. View Website

Amount

$1.5M loan

Year

2021

Location

New York, NY

Program

Health, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Invest Detroit Foundation

Invest Detroit Foundation will partner with Kresge to build a new $11 million fund that will focus on providing minority-led development firms with the balance sheet equity needed to build their development firms. The Fund will also provide technical assistance to accelerate a developer’s ability to scale and create greater economic impact in the City of Detroit. View Website

Amount

$10M equity

Year

2021

Location

Detroit, Michigan

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Pathway Lending

The Memphis Medical District Investment Fund seeks to remedy the appraisal gap in mixed-use commercial real estate in the market by forward-committing permanent financing based on a loan-to-cost ratio paired with a flexible construction loan. The goal is to pull forward what would be15-20 years of development in the district into the next 5-7 years. View Website

Amount

$6M guarantee

Year

2021

Location

Nashville, TN

Program

American Cities, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Place-Based Community Development

United Community Housing Coalition

This guarantee helped to facilitate the flow of rental assistance to qualifying Detroit households to ensure more Detroiters are able to access the Federal COVID-response funding and stay in their homes. View Website

Amount

$4.5M guarantee

Year

2021

Location

Detroit, Michigan

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Invest Detroit Foundation

This guarantee will support, in part, a pooled fund that will provide Detroit CDFIs with liquidity that enables them to initiate new lending. Detroit Small Business Recovery Fund (DSBRF) is a new emergency response loan program designed to support Detroit small businesses and nonprofits as they reopen, stabilize, and grow after COVID-19. The program leverages and combines existing infrastructure, networks, and relationships within Detroit’s CDFI community to build a scalable source of financing for participating partners. View Website

Amount

$6.5M guarantee

Year

2021

Location

Detroit, Michigan

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Detroit

Geography Served: Detroit, Michigan

Project:

The Affordable Housing Leverage Fund (AHLF) is a partnership between the City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization Department,, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to provide affordable housing developers and owners with streamlined access to financial tools that are specifically designed to address housing challenges in Detroit neighborhoods. AHLF is expected to deploy $250 million into the preservation of 10,000 units of existing affordable housing and the development of 2,000 units of new affordable housing. View Website

Amount

Up to $10 million guarantee

Year

2020

Location

Detroit, Michigan

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Equitable Community Development

Marygrove Conservancy

This guarantee backs a loan provided by the Northern Trust company to facilitate a New Markets Tax Credit transaction to finance the construction of an early childhood education center on the Marygrove campus. In addition, Kresge will provide certain guarantees to the New Markets Tax Credit Lenders (Cinnaire, Capital Impact Partners, and McCormick Baron Salazar) to cover construction completion; loan-interest payments; and costs of default. View Website

Amount

$17.7 million guarantee

Year

2020

Location

Detroit, Mich.

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transformative Project/Marygrove

Greenprint Partners

The purpose of this convertible note is to enable Greenprint Partners to make certain enterprise-level investments such as hiring its first Chief Financial Officer, completing a strategic planning process, and developing new markets. Greenprint’s mission and focus is to bring the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure to communities that are often overlooked and not prioritized for water infrastructure-related investments. View Website

Amount

$750,000 loan

Year

2020

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Program

Environment, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transforming Key Urban Systems

Bridgeway Capital

This program-related investment loan to Bridgeway Capital will allow the organization to partner with the University of Pittsburgh Medical System (UPMC) to increase the supply of affordable housing in four Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The investment is part of a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Center for Community Investment's Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities program. View Website

Amount

$1.5 million loan

Year

2020

Location

Pittsburgh, PA

Program

Health, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

National Student Clearinghouse

This program-related investment loan will allow National Student Clearinghouse to invest in new systems and technological infrastructure, enabling it to enhance current products, add new offerings, reduce costs and increase earned revenue. The National Student Clearinghouse data follow individuals throughout their academic journeys, making it possible to determine student persistence and graduation as students transfer between colleges or accumulate credits at a variety of institutions. View Website

Amount

$2 million loan

Year

2020

Location

Herndon, Virginia

Program

Education, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Institutional Capacity Building for Student Success, Urban Pathways to College

PosiGen

Geography Served: Louisiana, Connecticut and New Jersey

Project:

The investment will contribute to the continued growth of PosiGen, as the company works to close the clean-energy-affordability gap by making solar and energy efficiency available to all homeowners. View Website

Amount

$5 million loan

Year

2020

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Program

Environment, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transforming Key Urban Systems

Community Reinvestment Fund

Geography Served: Detroit, Michigan

Project: Paycheck Protection Program loans for nonprofits

This program-related investment loan supported Community Reinvestment Fund's efforts to extend Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan application support and oversight to Detroit-area nonprofits. The PPP is a newly created loan guarantee program funded through the 2020 CARES Act. View Website

Amount

$2 million loan

Year

2020

Location

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Coordinated Investments and Technical Assistance

New York City Energy Efficiency Corp.

Geography Served: National

Project: Financing Resilient Power

Financing Resilient Power is a guarantee facility that will increase climate resilience in low-income communities. Backed by this Kresge guarantee, NYCEEC will make investments in solar + storage and stand-alone solar PV projects in multi-family affordable housing, other supportive housing, commercial facilities and mixed-use projects, among others. View Website

Amount

$3 million guarantee

Year

2018

Location

New York, New York

Program

Environment, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transforming Key Urban Systems

City of Baltimore

Geography Served: Baltimore, Maryland

Project: Baltimore Stormwater Environmental Impact Subordinate Revenue Notes

This program-related investment loan supported the purchase of Baltimore Stormwater Environmental Impact Subordinate Revenue Notes from the City of Baltimore. This work is an outgrowth and continuation of grant-funded work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) to advance green infrastructure and innovative financing mechanisms in climate-vulnerable, underserved communities in the Chesapeake Bay Region. The project will include construction of more than 100 green infrastructure sites, which will vastly increase the use of this climate change resiliency measure in Baltimore, where currently there are just a handful of sites. View Website

Amount

Up to $4 million loan

Year

2019

Location

Baltimore, Maryland

Program

Environment, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transforming Key Urban Systems

IFF

Geography Served: Detroit, Michigan

Project:

This 15-month guarantee will permit the Marygrove Conservancy to obtain an unsecured line of credit of up to $3 million from IFF, a community development financial institution working in the Midwest, to serve as a bridge to cover the initial capital payments for construction of a new early childhood center, part of the cradle-to-career campus at Marygrove.   View Website

Amount

Up to $3 million guarantee

Year

2019

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Program

Detroit, Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Transformative Project/Marygrove

LOCUS Impact Investing

Geography Served: National

Project: Community Investment Guarantee Pool

LOCUS Impact Investing is an investment advisory firm and subsidiary of Virginia Community Capital, a community development financial institution. It is the program manager for the Community Investment Guarantee Pool, a first-of-its-kind vehicle to allow organizations to pool unfunded guarantee commitments, allowing them to share risk and achieve greater societal impact. The Pool launched in January 2020 with $33.1 million in guarantee commitments from 11 organizations, including national funders, community foundations, health funders, and family offices. The Pool is expected to leverage five dollars to every dollar of guarantee commitment and will back loans in three sectors – affordable housing, small business and climate. View Website

Amount

$10 million guarantee

Year

2019

Location

Richmond, Virginia

Program

Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

Arctaris Impact Fund

Geography Served: National

Project: Opportunity Zones

The Arctaris Opportunity Zones Fund was created in partnership with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. It was expected to close at more than $500 million and invest via equity investments in operating businesses location in Opportunity Zones. Arctaris seeks to create living wage jobs through capital access, entrepreneur training and working training. View Website

Amount

$15 million guarantee

Year

2019

Location

Chestnut Hill, MA

Program

Social Investment Practice

Focus Area

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