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Community Philanthropy Investor Circle

Community foundations have been making local impact investments for decades, but a shared practice is just now emerging. Starting in fall 2020, LOCUS began convening community foundation local impact investors to network, share stories, and strengthen and improve local impact investing practices for the community foundation field.

Below, register for our upcoming Circle conversations and download our resources from past discussions.


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Circle Library

After each Circle conversation, the LOCUS Local Investment Strategy team develops briefs to summarize key takeaways and contribute to the local impact investing field. Feel free to download our findings, and don't hesitate to reach out to the team with any questions.


Work in Progress Resources

We build our circle resources in collaboration with the local impact investing field. Click below to complete our feedback intake survey and download a draft copy of our latest resources. We welcome feedback on the draft tools tools we produce, so please forward any thoughts or comments to travis@locusimpactinvesting.org.

In this resource, we discuss the strategies philanthropies use to calculate and allocate the costs of local impact investing programs before surveying a cohort of community foundations to learn how the practically distribute their.


Past Resources

In this resource, we examine the ways in which local impact investing programs add value for donors, how this nontraditional philanthropic practice can be communicated to them, and how to finally engage donors to build collaborative impact investing initiatives.

We investigate in practical terms how community foundations construct their local impact investing programs and develop a summary decision-making matrix illustrating different design elements.