LOCUS empowers place-focused foundations to invest their capital locally to build prosperous, vibrant communities.

Foundation leaders who care about place are looking for ways to use more of their assets for mission and impact, and to take on new roles in community and regional economic development. But many are not sure what their best role might be. To help more place-focused foundations move beyond grantmaking alone toward local investing for impact, LOCUS Impact Investing offers a broad team approach drawing on the expertise of two seasoned and effective organizations – Virginia Community Capital, a $255M CDFI bank, and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, a national nonprofit focused on economic development philanthropy. LOCUS offers a continuum of services related to impact investing, starting with philanthropic analytic tools including our Unlock Your Transfer of Wealth™ analysis to help foundations understand economic opportunities, strategy formulation related to economic development philanthropy and continuing with executing, servicing and monitoring impact investments. Learn more about LOCUS services.