Through community development, investors designate part of their portfolio for credit unions, non-profit banks, or funds that make loans to start-up enterprises in low-income communities. Such programs provide capital and technical expertise to persons and groups that are often under-served by traditional lenders. Affordable housing and successful minority-owned businesses are other goals of community investing.
The UUA has invested in numerous community development projects through the years. Also, the OpenDoor Housing Fund (formerly the Unitarian Universalist Affordable Housing Corporation) has led the way in providing affordable housing in the DC area, as well as across the nation.
- First Church San Francisco
- Neighborhood Church, Pasadena
- Penobscott Maine Indian Story, by Sassy Sallman, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk, Maine. Giving Winds offers a way for Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith to put their values to work in community-based investment programs.