Resources about investing

General

Community Investing Center
US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
Community-investing definitions, guides, calculators, research and more.

Connecting CDFIs to the Socially Responsible Investor Community
Ford Foundation-sponsored assessment of the connection between socially responsible investment and community development financial institutions like the Community Loan Fund.

Social Funds
Overview, research and tools related to community investing.

Investing by foundations

Mission Investors Exchange|
Tools and resources for investing in social change from an association of grantmakers that use program-related and other investments to accomplish their philanthropic goals.

PRI Conference 2008: Closing Plenary
Video from final session of PRI Makers conference (2008) with observations about community investing by researchers and practitioners

Publications

Equity Advancing Equity
A Blueprint Research & Design Inc. and GPS Capital Partners LLC study (including a section about the Community Loan Fund) on how and why foundations make community investments.

Current Practices in Program-Related Investing
Study by Brody · Weiser · Burns of current practices by leading foundations in program-related investments.

Investing by religious groups

Publications

Seeds of opportunity
UU World Magazine, Spring 2006
The case for community investing by Unitarian Universalist congregations, using Community Loan Fund borrowers as examples of the beneficiaries.

How to get involved in community investing
UU World Magazine, Spring 2006
An explanation of how the Unitarian Universalist Association matches investments by individual congregations, and thoughts about community investing overall.