Investing Strategy


Our key community building strategies hinge on the three Ps: People, Partnerships, and Projects <p> PEOPLE: We strive to bring people of purpose together for the activity of movement building. PARTNERSHIPS: Using impact investing, grant donations, educational events and community-building convenings, we seek to partner with those individuals, businesses and organizations addressing root causes of injustice, and especially, those organizations whose mission and primary activities are to create solutions needed for people and planet. PROJECTS: Nia seeks to be in the space, supporting non-profits and businesses, to help weave a strong and rich tapestry of infrastructure within our Oakland community. We utilize events and convenings as primary strategies that enable us to initiate collaborations. We may sponsor select gatherings in service to our community-building mission.



When looking for ways to have the maximum impact, the saying goes: Think globally, act locally. We believe in supporting local development because it's the surest way of helping people on the ground. There are tremendous resources available. We suggest you learn about BALLE (link), if you don't know of them already. BALLE (pronounced bolly) stands for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and has been at the forefront supporting local community and local economic development efforts since 2001. Their intention is to nurture and curate the emergence of a new economy – one that will gradually displace our destructive and failing economy with a system that supports the health, prosperity, and happiness for all people and regenerates the vital ecosystems upon which our economy depends.



Be on the lookout for companies whose mission aligns with your own. In evaluating a business or organization, we look at both the organization’s leaders and their goals as well as what foundation tools might be most effective at furthering their mission. For example, a loan guarantee may be one of the most underutilized foundation tools.



The process of due diligence need not be mysterious. It comes down to a series of questions the investor asks of the company or entrepreneurs—as well as of themselves. In assessing an investment opportunity or non-profit company, we look at a scale of impact toward mission and goals. Asking questions such as, how does this business address and impact the issues of : community poverty alleviation empowerment environment racial equity social justice Does this company exist to bring about a more just and peaceful world? Additionally, we have a set of questions we ask our tech companies: * Does this company help other companies be more efficient (like Crowd Tangle or Attentivtive>Ly) * What are their environmental practices? (Is this even on their radar?) * How does this software empower or disempower people? * Does this product or service help promote a better work-life balance? Or will this product have us spend more time on screens?



Are you invested in dirty energy? To find out, the first step is to know what you own. Check here for a list of the 200 worst polluters. We are committed to our endowment being 100% fossil-fuel free. Nia Community is honored to be listed among the first 17 foundations to pledge to divest from fossil fuels (link to press release here) and is proud to be 100% fossil fuel free in addition to being invested in some of the key solutions that will transition us to the next sustainable economy. We are excited about renewable energy—sun, wind and waves-- investing in both the technological innovations as well as the democratization of access to clean energy. We are proud to have partnered with the White House on the Clean Energy Investment Initiative (link to blog post.) Additional resources to investigate. link

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