Program-Related Investments

By providing flexible loans and other financial instruments, known as program-related investments, the Foundation helps nonprofit and social enterprises grow and leverage capital to meet the needs of underserved people and communities. Read our strategy

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Investing for Social Impact

Program-Related Investments Director Debra Schwartz talks about the MacArthur Foundation’s history of impact investing and the role foundations can play in investing for social impact at a recent BMW Foundation event. Read More
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Financing Impact by Design

Program-Related Investments Director Debra Schwartz talks about how to design impact investments by first focusing on the problem an investor or Foundation is trying to address at a recent University of Oxford event. Read More

Congrats @FCLFOrg @NJCLF @RCACOrg -- the 2014 @WellsFargo NEXT Opportunity Awardees: http://t.co/cAUZPp8JHI

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Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance Honor Three Community Development Lenders

The three CDFIs will use the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance to expand their geographic presence and product offerings to bolster local economies and keep housing affordable. Read More
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Wisconsin-based CDFI Wins NEXT Seed Capital Award

Impact Seven, a community development financial institution or CDFI, will use this year’s Wells Fargo NEXT Seed Capital Award to preserve affordable housing in rural Wisconsin. Read More

.@ImpactSevenInc wins @WellsFargo NEXT Seed Capital Award for innovative strategy to preserve #affordablehousing http://t.co/vfKkNbIjrc

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Next Awards for Opportunity Finance Announce 2014 Finalists

Four leading community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are competing for $8.25 million in grants and low-cost, long-term loans. Winners of the NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance must have innovative strategies to expand housing opportunities such ... Read More

Congrats @WellsFargo NEXT Awards finalists for innovative #affordablehousing efforts @FCLFOrg @homehq @NJCLF @RCACorg http://t.co/vqIB0uyWuL

MacArthur's Allison Clark on this year's @WellsFargo NEXT Award finalists -- via @CDFI_Connect: http://t.co/QhV8T7IA4O cc: @OppFinance

  • Mission Investors Exchange

    A place where philanthropic leaders and innovators share ideas, tools, and experiences in order to increase the impact of their capital.

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  • Strength Matters Initiative

    A MacArthur-supported network of nonprofit affordable housing owners and developers supporting the growth, sustainability, and impact of the industry

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  • CARS: the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System

    CARS, a MacArthur grantee, provides comprehensive, third-party assessments of community development financial institutions' impact and financial performance.

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Staff

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Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
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Debra Schwartz

Director, Program-Related Investments
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Allison Clark

Associate Director of Impact Investing
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Urmi Sengupta

Program Officer, Impact Investing

Marion Goldfinger

Program Assistant
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Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
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Louise Powell

Staff Assistant