VISION

 
Transform Finance envisions a world where capital is aligned with social justice values and is accessible to activists and community leaders as a tool for transformative social change.
 
 

WITH COMMUNITIES

We empower activists and community leaders to shape how capital flows affect them – both in terms of holding capital accountable and having a say in its deployment – by demystifying finance and building capacity for community-centered initiatives.

WITH INVESTORS

We support investors committed to deepening their impact investment practice to adopt transformative approaches and demonstrate the viability of the approach via education, concrete tools and strategies, and overall guidance.
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BUILDING A BRIDGE

We foster a new discourse and collaboration between previously disconnected stakeholders – investors and social justice practitioners – by creating connections, breaking down barriers of knowledge and values, and facilitating dialogue.
 
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EMPOWERING COMMUNITY LEADERS

We support those historically excluded from capital decisions to reclaim their seat at the table by demystifying the arcane world of capital, highlighting potential areas of intervention, creating pathways to enter meaningful conversations around finance, amplifying community voices in ways that investors are receptive to, and supporting the creation of financial vehicles that serve the needs of communities – from community-governed loan funds to multi-stakeholder enterprises to conversions of companies to democratic worker ownership.

 
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INFORMING AND SUPPORTING INVESTORS

We address the potential and appetite investors have to adopt an ever deeper social justice approach and address their current constraints. We do this by providing deep analysis for how investments drive social justice outcomes, developing concepts for more transformative alternatives to traditional fund and investment models, delivering technical support and advocacy for the adoption of social justice-aligned investment strategies, and convening the Transform Finance Investor Network.

 

BUILDING A CROSS-STAKEHOLDER MOVEMENT

 
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We undertake our programs with an intention to create a bridge between the separate worlds of finance and social justice. By working with communities, we gain a perspective that in turn supports our work with investors: how those affected view capital flows, what the priorities of communities are, what a vision of a non-extractive finance landscape looks like. By working with investors, we can help social justice leaders find windows of opportunity for their voices to be heard and for them to develop transformative alternatives from the ground up. Working with both groups and creating new spaces for cross-dialogue, we have been successful in fostering new discourse and collaboration between previously disconnected stakeholders.

 
 

SAMPLE ACTIVITIES

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Built and implemented the first Program-Related Investment program for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which represents an endowment of over $1 billion.
 
Held roundtable convenings in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City with the Inter-American Development Bank on Alternative Financing Structures in Latin America. A report on those findings can be found HERE.
 
Helping structure the terms and governance of the Buen Vivir Fund, which is co-designed by the investees and the foundation investors of the fund.
 
Provided a two-day training for the Boston Ujima Project on finance basics for entrepreneurs and investors in the context of building a community-centered investment vehicle.

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

YOUR SUPPORT

 
Our work needs your support! Please join us in making finance a tool for transformative change.

Click the button below to make a tax-deductible contribution to Transform Finance through Common Counsel Foundation. Make sure to select Transform Finance as the designated purpose for your donation.

Thank you!
 

Transform Finance is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) project of Common Counsel Foundation.