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Join the 1% in Community Campaign

The 1% in Community Campaign asks people like you to allocate 1% or more of your total portfolio to community investments. Diverting one percent has a minimal impact on your overall returns, but it can make a big difference for communities.

And it’s easy to get started.  Simply open a checking or savings account, money market account, or CD at a community development bank or credit union.  Many of these institutions offer market rate returns and investments are federally insured up to $100,000, just like investments in a conventional banking institution.

Or, invest in a community investment fund that has even higher impact in communities in need.

If all socially responsible investors—people who invest with their values—put 1 percent of their portfolios into community investments, it would triple the dollars put into rebuilding disadvantaged communities, from $5 billion in 2000 to $15 billion. $15 billion to build more day care centers and schools. $15 billion to provide micro-loans to single parents or former welfare recipients wanting to start small businesses. $15 billion to help a low-income family build a home, save for their children’s education, or pay debts.

Learn more about investing in a better world in our
Guide to Socially Responsible Investing

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