St. Louis has the potential to grow and sustain meaningful impact investing because of:
One of today’s biggest barriers to engagement in impact investing in St. Louis is a lack of awareness. This report provides an overview of current impact investing throughout St. Louis and emerging impact investing structures across the U.S., such as Pay for Success and Opportunity Zones. It also includes St. Louis-based case studies such as:
Intermediaries—such as community development financial institutions (CDFIs), firms engaged in tax credit investing, and non-CDFI loan funds—offer an accessible path for minimizing risk and transaction costs. Sustained collaborative effort is critical in creating simple, accessible pathways for impact. St. Louis is poised to increase impact investing opportunities by continuing to build a system in which impact investing becomes more the norm and less the exception.