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Aeris Issues First International Rating

Aeris has issued its first-ever rating of a CDFI outside the U.S. Social Investment Scotland (SIS), a United Kingdom-based CDFI loan fund received a rating of AAA2, the highest impact rating (AAA) and second-highest financial strength and performance rating (2). Learn more about Aeris ratings. SIS said in a statement that it initiated the rating in [...]

2016-09-26T15:55:59+00:00 March 21st, 2016|

Aeris Elects New Board Members

Leaders in impact investing and banking join rating and information service’s governing board Philadelphia, PA, February 23, 2016—Today at its annual meeting, the Aeris board of directors elected two new directors to the organization’s governing board. David Sand, Chief Investment Strategist and Interim Chief Impact Investment Officer at Community Capital Management, and Kim Leslie Shafer, [...]

2016-03-10T20:41:27+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|

Demystifying CDFIs: How to Invest in a Loan Fund — Locavesting.com

If you’ve spent any time exploring local investing, you’ve probably encountered CDFIs. And it’s not unlikely that you were slightly confused about what, exactly, these organizations are. CDFIs can be befuddling to a new investor, in part due to the many shapes and sizes in which they come. So what kind of investment opportunities do [...]

2016-02-01T16:38:31+00:00 January 12th, 2016|

Reaching New Classes of Investors through External Ratings (Aeris and S&P)

Guest blog post by Don Hinkle-Brown, CEO, The Reinvestment Fund In working to generate greater access to capital in support of our mission, we at The Reinvestment Fund are devoting greater focus to helping new classes of investors understand us and the qualities of our strategy and team. A major tool in furthering that understanding [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:04+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|

Using Aeris Data to Predict CDFI Self Sufficiency

The following guest post was written by Jack Northrup, a Senior Research Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. In the article, Mr. Northrup employs the highly-standardized CDFI performance data in the Aeris Cloud to analyze which key performance metrics are good predictors of a CDFI’s self-sufficiency. Mr. [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:04+00:00 October 21st, 2015|

CDFIs Star in New Guide to Impact Investing for Foundations

Arabella Advisors, Mission Investors Exchange, and Exponent Philanthropy have published a new guide to impact investing for small-staffed foundations, and CDFIs are one of the stars of the show. In the guide, Essentials of Impact Investing, a range of experts and practitioners point to CDFIs as a key tool in foundations’ impact investing toolkit—and to [...]

2015-09-10T13:48:57+00:00 September 10th, 2015|

Community Loan Funds Grow through Earnings and New Investment

By Josh Glickenhaus, Aeris Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) loan funds, community-based organizations that invest capital in pursuit of their social missions, have been growing in size and scope over the past several years. The previous Aeris blog post analyzed asset growth from 2011 through 2014 on the basis of CDFIs' primary lending sectors. The data [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:05+00:00 August 18th, 2015|

Community Loan Funds Grow Rapidly to Support Small Businesses

By Josh Glickenhaus, Aeris Small business entrepreneurs face a perennial challenge in securing credit to start and grow their businesses, often relying on alternative funding sources outside the traditional banking sector. Some turn to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which are community-based organizations (typically loan funds) with dedicated social missions. CDFIs lend to support a [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:05+00:00 August 5th, 2015|

Taking Flight: Aeris Leaves Home

By Ellen Seidman, Board Chair, Aeris This month marks an important milestone for Aeris: the completion of our spin-off from Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). OFN’s vision in 2004 when it created Aeris (known then as CARS) was to increase transparency for CDFI loan fund investors. That vision always included Aeris’ independence from OFN. Although Aeris [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:05+00:00 July 6th, 2015|

What’s In Your Impact Investment? — Financial Advisor Magazine

"Even as impact investing gains credibility among both retail and institutional investors, measuring its actual impact is still kind of an unknown quantity. To rectify that, last month several major players in the space announced a plan to join forces in an effort to define and collect standardized data on the impacts of community loan [...]

2016-07-07T13:49:15+00:00 July 1st, 2015|
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