Impact Investing

Impact Investments provide debt financing to Calgary and area charitable organizations working in all parts of the community.

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Read the guidelines below for more information about the process and contact Alex Laidlaw, Impact Investment Associate to discuss your investment opportunity.

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Investments to date:

The National Music Centre borrowed $5.0M to help scale its programming and ancillary revenue streams.

Canada Day 2018 – Credit Neil Zeller

Youth Singers of Calgary borrowed $750,000 to help purchase the Performing Arts Youth Centre – a renovated 18,000 square foot warehouse with music and dance studios for youth-focused rehearsals and performances.

Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation borrowed $500,000 for phase one of its Beaver St. Streetscape project – a site-wide renovation initiative that will restore and enhance one of Banff’s most intact contiguous historic streetscapes.

Theatre Calgary borrowed $800,000 to help launch a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Photo credit: Jamie Tognazzini, Stephen Hair in A Christmas Carol, photo by Trudie Lee.

Closer to Home borrowed $2.6M to purchase land from the City of Calgary to build a mixed-use facility with therapeutic programs that promote stable, healthy and safe living environments for children and family unification.

Calgary Reads Society borrowed $800,000 to help purchase the Inglewood property where it operates the Little Red Reading House.

Knox United Church borrowed $1.0M to help restore the façade of its building and launch a community hub in the downtown core that includes a sanctuary café.

The Calgary South West United Soccer Association borrowed $150,000 to help cover improvements to its new indoor soccer facility.

The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre used a $3.0M secured loan to help renovate a former hotel in the community of Greenview into an affordable housing facility called Centre 4800.

The Jack Long Foundation (JLF) used mortgage financing of $150,000 to purchase land from the City of Calgary to build Elderhouse, an affordable seniors living facility.

Inn from the Cold Society (IFTC) used mortgage financing of $1.5M to purchase an 11-unit apartment building to expand its Journey House program. Journey House helps families transition from the organization’s emergency shelter into affordable housing.

Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary (AAFS) borrowed $175,000 to train staff to implement new software to help autistic adults with daily independent living activities.

The Kahanoff Centre for Charitable Activities (KCCA) built a second tower which doubles the amount of space KCCA is able to offer. KCCA approached its shareholder, Calgary Foundation, to guarantee construction ($32.3M) and takeout financing ($37.5M) and to provide a $5.0M loan to aid in the expansion.

cSPACE transforms the 100 year-old sandstone King Edward School into a 21st Century hub for creativity. Impact Investing enabled cSPACE’s purchase of the school and its grounds with mortgage financing of $8.0M.

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Alex Laidlaw - Impact Investment Associate