No true community nonprofit organization – like Community Investment Corporation – can succeed on its own. Our work cannot be done in a vacuum if we hope to make sustained change and impact. And the issues we face – social, economic, and ones of equity of opportunity – are multi-faceted and incredibly complex. There is no silver bullet to the challenges, and no one organization will ever be able to address these issues meaningfully on its own.
This understanding is at the root of Community Investment Corporation’s approach. We actively seek to share our expertise, capacity, and resources with other nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies and entrepreneurs, and government agencies. The goals of our partnerships are to increase the impact of our work, to magnify and multiply it – exponentially if possible – and to help other organizations increase their impact in the same way as well.
Our current program partnerships that are focused on helping small businesses and low-to-moderate income homebuyers include:
- The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Tucson
- The Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima
- The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
- The YWCA of Southern Arizona
- The City of Tucson
- Pima County
- Local First Arizona
- Blax Friday
- Startup Tucson
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
One niche Community Investment Corporation is trying to fill in the community is to support nonprofit organization who see lending as a potential way to expand their services while offsetting some of the costs. It is a “hand up, not a hand out” model of charity that works for clients who are able to pay an organization back for the services they receive. A major obstacle to setting up these types of programs is that nonprofits generally do not have the expertise, infrastructure, or capacity to manage a loan program in-house. That’s where Community Investment Corporation comes in.
We are looking for nonprofit partners who want to:
- Set up revolving loan funds for nonprofits whose clients who may be able to pay for their services over time.
- Increase the sustainability of emergency grant fund pools by having some of the financial assistance being provided via no-interest or low interest loans.
- Provide financing to clients who don’t otherwise have access to capital from traditional financial institutions such as banks and credit unions AND should not have to turn to “predatory” lending vehicles such as auto title loans.
- Support new businesses and social enterprises that have a positive effect on their mission work.
To explore a partnership idea with Community Investment Corporation, please contact Executive Director, Danny Knee at (520) 529-1766 ext. 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Investment Corporation, over the last two-plus decades of working in Southern Arizona, has a built a number of resources to assist:
- Qualifying individuals and families interested in purchasing homes in Tucson or Pima County
- Entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business
- Small business owners and need financing for an existing business, or are looking to improve their business practices through education and training
- Rural small businesses and non-profits
- Nonprofit organizations who need bridge loans or financing to support their work
- Schools that are recipients of tax-exempt bond financing and need help with continuing disclosure obligations
We invite you to explore the pages and links under our Partners and Resources menu at the top of this page