GUIDANCE PAPER on Standardized Impact Metrics

by Paige Chapel, President & CEO I am pleased to share version 1.0 of the new impact metric set for CDFIs and other community investments. Click here to download the guidance paper, which introduces the project and describes the process that went into developing this metric set. The paper also contains the alignment between [...]

2018-02-28T09:37:46+00:00 February 28th, 2018|

MUTUAL FUND Impact Management Rating

Aeris has issued its first impact management rating of a publicly-traded, fixed-income mutual fund, Community Capital Management (CCM)'s CRA Qualified Investment Fund. The rating was announced at the 2017 Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) Conference today. “With a ballooning number of funds claiming to have positive environmental and social impacts, CCM was eager to participate in a [...]

2018-02-28T09:39:09+00:00 February 28th, 2018|

Standardized CDFI Impact Data Arrives in the Aeris Cloud

Article originally published on Opportunity Finance Network's CDFI Connect blog. By Paige Chapel, President & CEO, Aeris Just two months into the year, 2018 may be shaping up as the ‘Year of Data’ in the impact investing world, as urgency rises for impact investors to demonstrate concrete and measurable results. Among dozens of examples include: [...]

2018-02-28T09:33:13+00:00 February 28th, 2018|

Helping CDFI Loan Funds Answer the Call to Rebuild in Texas and Florida

Complimentary Aeris Rating Reports now available on Texas and Florida CDFIs U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf Although the combined damage in Texas and Florida cause by the recent hurricanes is expected to total as much as $200 billion, few doubt that these areas will soon be on a [...]

2017-10-11T11:09:04+00:00 September 11th, 2017|

Q&A: Director of Technology & Data Services, Aaron Grzywinski

In April, Aeris welcomed Aaron Grzywinski as Director of Technology and Data Services, a newly-created position at Aeris. Although Aaron is new to the Aeris staff, he is not new to Aeris, as he was involved very early in the conceptualization and development of the Aeris Cloud. Aeris Insights asked Aaron some questions about what [...]

2017-07-27T17:54:40+00:00 June 30th, 2017|

Banks and CDFIs: Partnering for Community Impact (

By Paige Chapel, President & CEO, Aeris Most banks recognize that their enterprises can only thrive if their customers also do. And to thrive, those customers need economically diverse and healthy communities in which to live and work. Partnering with local organizations to promote the health of those communities is often a top priority for [...]

2017-03-10T14:50:22+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

Yale Conference Seeks to Spark a Brighter Future

By Marc Wancer, Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions Analyst, Aeris From left to right: Rachel Reilly Carroll, Enterprise Community Partners; Xau Ying Ly, Boston Impact Initiative; Marc Wancer, Aeris; James McIntyre, Neighborly After spending a great day last weekend at the Spark: Yale Social Impact Conference interacting with the next-generation of leaders and innovators [...]

2017-02-09T20:52:09+00:00 February 9th, 2017|

Guest Post: Ten Ideas to Strengthen CDFI Impact Measurement, Finances

By Ellen Seidman Senior Fellow, the Urban Institute Chair of the Board, Aeris As CDFIs—and all of us who are concerned about increasing economic opportunity and strengthening communities—enter into a new and uncertain era, it is essential that we understand how we can best serve our communities, most effectively attract the investment we need, and [...]

2016-12-14T20:34:02+00:00 December 13th, 2016|

Coming in 2017: A Wall Street-aligned Rating Scale

By Paige Chapel, President & CEO, Aeris In June, we introduced the concept of "Aeris 3.0"—a strategic set of changes coming to Aeris over the next 6-12 months. The Aeris 3.0 initiative is designed to provide even greater value to our clients—both investors and CDFIs—and build on our progress toward opening up CDFIs to new [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:01+00:00 September 7th, 2016|

CDFIs “Seize the Momentum” at the Mission Investors Exchange 2016 National Conference

By Marc Wancer, Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions Analyst Amid the excitement, momentum, and dialogue around the myriad new approaches to impact investing at last week’s Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) 2016 National Conference in Baltimore, there was also frequent mention of the long-standing role of CDFIs as a reliable, fixed-income investment with a track record [...]

2016-10-13T18:16:04+00:00 May 20th, 2016|
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