For foundations, an investment with impact, security, fixed-rate return

Why foundations invest in the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

“Beyond 5%”: Foundations see the merit and impact of going beyond their grantmaking allowance to help the community. By investing a portion of their endowment in the Community Loan Fund, they further their mission beyond traditional grantmaking.

Trusted financial intermediary: The Community Loan Fund has been awarded the highest national honor in our field: the NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance. We have consistently received a sterling AAA+2 rating from Aeris, the national rating service for community investing, which measures community impact and financial soundness.

Social impact: Foundations see an investment in the Community Loan Fund as an efficient and meaningful way of helping New Hampshire families with low and moderate incomes by helping to create or preserve housing, jobs and child care.

Your choice of terms: Investors can choose terms as short as one year or as long as 25 years and a fixed-rate annual simple interest return.

1 or 2 years3 or 4 years5 or 6 years7, 8 or 9 years10 years +
Up to 1%Up to 2%Up to 3%Up to 4%Up to 5%

Risk: This is an unsecured investment. It is not insured by the FDIC, nor by any governmental or private entity. Investments with the Community Loan Fund are not liquid assets: They cannot be redeemed or traded before maturity. While the Community Loan Fund has not lost any lender's funds, past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

Benefit: Your funds are added to our approximately $80-million lending pool: The risk is shared, and an investor’s funds will not be dedicated to any single project or sector. Foundations appreciate that the Community Loan Fund has an unblemished record of repayment to investors–through good and bad economic times. Investments in the Community Loan Fund are protected by our significant permanent capital and our excellent history of repayment from borrowers.

Uncorrelated investment: Investments here are straightforward and are uncorrelated to traditional fixed-income instruments. You will earn annual interest and your principal remains whole, regardless of the ups and downs of the bond market.

A tradition of prestigious foundations: Current investors include the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, F. B. Heron Foundation, Calvert Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, HNH Foundation, Putnam Foundation, Endowment for Health, Lantos Foundation, Thomas W. Haas Foundation, and Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation.

In addition, we have investors from all categories, such as religious organizations, financial institutions, government and quasi-government organizations, and individuals.

Fixed maturity date: Your investment will have a fixed maturity date that can be renewed or paid out upon maturity, at your discretion.

Custom reporting: The Community Loan Fund has a more-than-30-year history of working with institutional investors–we report in a way that most effectively meets your requirements.

Next steps: To discuss how your organization can invest in the Community Loan Fund, please contact Ken Kunhardt.

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