CEI's manages over $247 million of capital raised from private foundations, financial institutions and public entities who have embraced CEI’s holistic community development finance strategies.
CEI’s business model encompasses “the triple bottom line” – economy, equity and ecology. We try to bring these three disciplines to bear on our underwriting methodology so that a social investment in us generates financial, social and environmental returns.
Here are ways you can invest in community development with CEI:
Make a loan: A below-market loan to CEI is pooled with other funds for targeted relending to small businesses, social services and affordable housing projects. Earnings above costs support the fund.
Donations: A gift to CEI to support sustainable economic development initiatives. CEI is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by federal law. Click here for more information on making a donation to CEI.
Equity: CEI currently manages two venture capital subsidiaries and is planning for ongoing equity funds. Information is available on portfolio performance to date and plans for new venture funds. Click here to learn more about CEI's venture capital subsidiaries.
Investment Notes: CEI Investment Notes are a way for you to invest in your community, to help others, and to reap social, environmental and economic benefits. Click here to learn more about CEI Investment Notes, Inc.
New Markets Tax Credit: A federal income tax credit of up to 39% over 7 years is available for qualifying investments in targeted areas. Other state/federal tax credits may be available. Click here for more information on New Markets Tax Credits.
Tax Credit for IDA: Maine taxpayers are eligible for tax credits for contributions to Individual Development Account program (matched savings for low-income families). Click here to learn more about Individual Development Accounts.