Third Sector New England

Third Sector New England provides information and services to build the knowledge, power, and effectiveness of individuals and organizations that engage people in community and public life. We act also to promote wider recognition of community-based organizations as the primary stewards of our core societal values. The ultimate intention of our work is to create a more just and democratic society. TSNE hosts BII’s social impact fund, which allows us to use grant money for unsecured loans.

RSF Social Finance

The mission of RSF Social Finance is to create financial relationships that are direct, transparent, personal and focused on long-term social, economic and ecological benefit. RSF achieves its mission by offering investors and donors dynamic ways to align their money with their values, connecting entrepreneurs with diverse forms of capital, and empowering leaders and advancing innovations in the field of social finance. RSF Social Finance hosts BII’s donor advised fund.

Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray is a renowned global law firm with more than 150 years of history providing services to the world’s leaders in business and finance. Ropes & Gray provides clients with leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies. Ropes & Gray handles all of BII’s equity financing.

Riemer & Braunstein

Riemer & Braunstein is a Boston-based law firm that specializes in meeting the needs of financial institutions, individuals and corporations and businesses of all sizes. With more than 80 years of practice, Riemer & Braunstein’s six core practice areas are Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Corporate, Trusts & Estates. Riemer & Braunstein handles all of BII’s debt financing.

Grameen America

Grameen America is a non-profit micro-finance agency, serving low income women in Greater Boston neighborhoods. Grameen American replicates the circle lending model pioneered by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus in the first Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Grameen America has disbursed over $135 million in small loans since its founding in 2008. The Boston Impact Initiative provided an operating grant and loan to facilitate the opening of a Grameen branch office in Boston. Learn more

Cooperative Fund of New England

The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) is a community development loan fund that facilitates socially responsible investing in cooperatives, community-oriented nonprofits, and worker-owned businesses in New England and adjacent communities in New York. The Boston Impact Initiative is an investor in their Social Investment Fund. Learn more

Tackling the Law, Together

Tackling the Law, Together: A Legal Guide to Worker Cooperatives Generally and in Massachusetts is a report produced by the Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transaction Law Clinic, Boston Center for Community Ownership, Greater Boston Legal Services and Sustainable Economies Law Center that covers legal aspects of worker cooperatives, cooperative conversions, and financing.

Payoff of Investing Locally, The

In The Wall Street Journal’s The Payoff of Investing Locally, Boston Impact Initiative’s founding partner Deborah Frieze and other investors talk about why it matters to invest in their local communities.

Strategies for Financing the Inclusive Economy

Strategies for Financing the Inclusive Economy by The Democracy Collaborative is a report that shares financing strategies and case studies of efforts to create broad-based ownership models for job generation and building community wealth in the areas of employee stock ownership plans, social enterprise, hybrid enterprises, and municipal enterprises.