WHO WE ARE
The Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy works to overcome disinvestment and improve opportunity so that everyone has a fair chance to lead a healthy and productive life. We help communities set the stage for investments that advance their goals by helping leaders clarify local priorities, enlist institutions that could contribute to success, develop a pipeline of investments to achieve the vision, and change policies and practices to create a more supportive financing environment. We have developed a framework and approach that community partnerships can use to mobilize resources like land, investment capital, and expertise to provide access to affordable housing, jobs, fresh foods, and other social determinants of health and make communities more cohesive, resilient, and environmentally sustainable in the face of climate change.
WHAT WE DO
The Center for Community Investment encourages innovation and shared learning among a broad set of stakeholders, from mission-driven investors, banks and intermediaries to community leaders, policy-makers, local officials, anchor institutions and others with an interest in achieving better outcomes for people living in disadvantaged communities and people of color.
We aim to help communities build powerful and effective investment systems: more deals on faster timelines that make disinvested communities more cohesive, resilient, and vibrant. This involves getting additional partners to the table, creating different ways of doing business, and identifying and changing the policies and relationships that determine what gets financed.
- Helps leaders create a pipeline of projects and opportunities that are ripe for investment and aligned with what the community wants
- Shares what we learn so networks of practitioners and partners - including those who traditionally don’t consider community investment as part of their work - can contribute to achieving important community goals
- Provides the research, leadership development, and coaching that will ultimately help change the policies and practices that shape community and economic development.
At the Lincoln Institute
CCI has found that land use and land policy are an important part of a strategy to strengthen community investment. At the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, CCI is leveraging decades of research on the use, taxation, and stewardship of land to help communities change the land practices and policies that have intentionally and unintentionally disadvantaged people of color and people with low incomes, creating barriers to investment and perpetuating spatial and social inequity.
The Center for Community investment is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.