Community Impact Loan Fund

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Community Impact Loan Fund is a new charitable vehicle that works alongside conventional grantmaking toward dual goals: producing measurable social impact and building re-usable resources for the future.

Charitable Capital

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Working in concert with experienced partners and resources, this multi-million dollar pool produces a capital solution more robust than a regular grant can deliver. The Community Impact Loan Fund makes investments in nonprofit community projects—typically in the form of loans, debt, loan guarantees and other familiar market instruments—often at or below market rates. The investments help nonprofits achieve scale and expand successful programs. As loans are repaid, funds become available for use with other projects, creating a continual recycling of charitable capital.

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  • Produces greater leverage and scale by using a small portion of assets as recyclable, low-interest, or market-rate loans across multiple nonprofit sectors.
  • Introducing new and sophisticated financial tools to nonprofits, increasing organizational expertise and ultimately strengthening the nonprofit sector.
  • Provides access to capital that may not be available or affordable to nonprofits through traditional lenders.
  • Expands impact across the broader community.
  • Attracts new donors interested in achieving greater community impact.
  • Applies lessons learned from ACF’s highly successful Affordable Housing Program to other important areas of need in Arizona.

Watch for information coming soon to the online grants center about the process to apply for funding.

Talk with Us

Your contact for the Community Impact Loan Fund:

James Lincoln