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

Accion East

Accion East is a nonprofit organization providing small business loans and financial education to entrepreneurs. Since 1991, Accion East and Online has provided over $132 million in over 20,000 micro-loans, helping to grow small businesses and strengthen the communities they serve. The Boston Impact Initiative has partnered with Accion East to create the New Ownership Fund, a small business loan and technical assistance program that strengthens opportunities for Boston’s urban entrepreneurs. Learn more

City Life Vida Urbana

City Life/Vida Urbana fights for Boston residents to stay in their homes. City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power. We promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society. BII partners with City Life Vida Urbana to explore our role in anti-displacement real estate investing. Learn more

Center for Economic Democracy

The Center for Economic Democracy is a U.S. social movement-building organization, growing the capacity of grassroots communities to transform American capitalism into a more just, sustainable and democratic economy. CED harnesses the cooperative, creative and productive impulses of our communities to build a new economy that is governed for the people, by the people. BII partners with CED on our field-building initiatives including Boston Ujima Project, the Solidarity Economy Initiative, and Worker Ownership. Learn more

BALLE

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) connects and supports a growing movement of local leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and funders who are building local economies that work for all. Working to disrupt “business as usual” in the current systems that are breaking down, BALLE builds on the emergent ecosystem of models and successes. BII participates in BALLE-hosted communities of practices for local economy entrepreneurs and investors. Learn more