Benefit Chicago announces first round of funds
Praxis invested $1 million in the program, which will support a variety of projects.
Funding from the program will go to organizations such as Sweet Beginnings, a company with a honey-based product line that provides job training opportunities to community residents who, due to former incarceration or other circumstances, find it difficult to get employment.
“We are inspired by the projects in neighborhoods across the world that strengthen communities,” said Mark Regier, Vice President of Stewardship Investing and Director of Sales for Praxis. “Praxis is proud our fund family can support these projects through our commitment to community development investing.”
Other organizations receiving support include projects that:
- Create jobs for people who sometimes find it difficult to find employment.
- Work with communities to revitalize economically challenged neighborhoods.
- Grow produce and create sustainable jobs in urban neighborhoods.
- Finance nonprofit-sponsored community facilities projects, including a children’s theater, a child care and family services facility and a youth sports and education facility.
- Focus on revitalizing specific neighborhoods and streets.
Benefit Chicago launched in April 2016 as a collaboration among MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust and Calvert Foundation, with a focus on supporting organizations in the Chicago region. Over the course of the year, it raised money from investors interested in deep-impact community development investments.
About Praxis Mutual Funds and Everence
Praxis Mutual Funds is a leading faith-based, socially responsible family of mutual funds designed to help people and groups integrate their finances with their values. Praxis is the mutual fund family of Everence Financial, a comprehensive, faith-based financial services organization helping individuals, organizations and congregations. To learn more, visit praxismutualfunds.com and everence.com, or call (800) 348-7468.
Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. To learn more, visit everence.com or call (800) 348-7468.
About Calvert Foundation
Calvert Foundation enables people to invest for social good. Through its flagship Community Investment Note®, more than 18,000 investors have channeled more than $1.4 billion in investments to hundreds of nonprofits and social enterprises worldwide. Investor dollars empower women, fund construction of affordable housing, provide loans to small-business owners, increase access to health care, and support fair trade and sustainable agriculture. To learn more, visit calvertfoundation.org.