SCF Investment Criteria
We invest in a diverse array of financing models which are managed by both for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking to benefit low-income communities. We are flexible in how we structure our investments and seek to create a mutually beneficial structure. In assessing the viability of prospect investees we use the following investment criteria:
Who We Fund
For Profit and Nonprofit companies, Domestic Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), ARS-rated organizations, community venture capital funds or new financing models in their launch stage (new or existing organization sponsors).
Financial models that develop and pursue new, innovative and replicable investment vehicles to address long-term economic, environmental and social issues.
Have a strong track record or demonstrated commitment to producing social and environmental impacts in low-income communities.
Fees charged to clients/end users of products and/or services by our investees should be affordable and reasonable given what is available in the market.
Maintain strong financials and management capacity.
Provide additional financial and/or social support services and assistance to clients in order to promote maximum economic success and enhanced quality of life.
The financing model must have clear and significant impacts on low income communities or individuals. This is a firm requirement.
Support clean and renewable energy technology, resource-efficient technology, improved air and water quality, waste mitigation technologies, sustainable systems and/or eco-business opportunities. These are positive attributes we seek and consider but are not a requirement.
SCF conducts thorough due diligence to ensure that investments are viable and are dedicated to financing models that are well thought out and have strong probability of success.
Debt or equity.
$15,000 – $75,000.
1-3 years (determined on a case-by-case basis).
Provide TA services on a case-by-case basis and tailored to the specific needs of the project and suited to SCF staff and management competency areas.
Provides SCF a rate of return that is at or below market, but sill provide SCF the ability to grow.
SCF strives to be a flexible investor that will structure its investments and related technical assistance to best suit the needs of the project.