The Future of Community Investment
In collaboration with USSIF and the Milken Institute, the IRI is conducting research on the current state and future prospects of community investment in the United States. Its aim is to identify potentially catalytic investments and policies that will achieve more equitable, sustainable communities. The IRI will map the current state of play and roles of investors in enhancing and expanding the field, research potential systemic interventions to help facilitate equitable community investment at scale, and exploring public policy goals to be pursued at the national level to advance community development investment.
Leveraging Policy to Advance Community Development Finance: Summary of a Roundtable (pdf)
As popularity and momentum continues to grow around responsible investment, the moment seems ripe to focus in on what can be done to direct this increased interest into the space of community investment (CI). Looking at CI through a policy lens helps to highlight both major obstacles and potential solutions to growing the community investment space. A roundtable meeting held on September 11, 2012 by the US SIF: the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, Initiative for Responsible Investment and the Milken Institute honed in on this issue of leveraging policy to advance community investment by bringing together actors in this space that can potentially put deals together through collective work in the future.