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The RBC Global Asset Management & Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative

Minnesota philanthropy innovates again: why not invest at home and encourage other foundations and investors to do the same? The foundations who joined together to create the Minnesota Impact Investing Initiative are inspiring others to invest in a competitive financial return and positive social impact across 18 counties.

Aligning investments
both with mission focus
and within the local communities

 

- RBC Impact Team


We have observed an increase in interest from investors looking to collaborate to lift up their local communities through impact investing, driving dollars into investing initiatives designed to deliver both social and financial return.
 

- RBC Impact Team


Providing a coordinated approach for investors to make market-rate investments to impact California with a focus on underserved communities and families.

The Purpose of the RBC Global Asset Management and Philanthropy California Collaborative

The Philanthropy California Collaborative provides mission-driven investors a coordinated approach to support high impact projects through market-rate investments in California that focus on underserved communities and families. These projects support affordable housing, job creation and small business growth, increased access to healthcare and education, and related community development measures for populations too often left behind. Investments also support environmental sustainability, which is critical to the creation of thriving and resilient communities over the long-term.
 

Investing for Impact at RBC Global Asset Management

Through the partnership with RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM), Philanthropy California participants can invest in high quality, liquid fixed income strategies intended to create positive social and environmental impacts while also seeking a competitive financial return. RBC GAM believes that we can help build stronger communities and build portfolios of high quality securities in an effort to meet investors' needs while increase the flow of capital to designated communities.*


*Philanthropy California participants' ability to designate geographies and/or themes is dependent on the amount of their investment and the vehicle through which they invest.

Addressing the Needs of California

 Homeownership

Owning a home has long been a pillar of the American dream. But would-be homeowners in low-and moderate-income communities are overlooked by the banking industry, even with good credit. RBC GAM's impact investing strategies help low- and moderate-income home buyers access mortgages at prime rates and open the door to their own home.

Affordable mortgages for low-to-moderate income families provide stability, and are a major vehicle for building wealth and economic opportunity.

  Rental Housing

Across America, rental housing stock is severely limited and often overpriced. 80% of low-income households pay more than 1/3 of their income for rent, leaving less for food, healthcare and education. RBC GAM's impact investing strategies finance affordable rental units, buying first mortgages of multifamily rental units, helping to support renters with income limits, who are further supported by federal, state and housing authority assistance programs.

 

Would-be small business owners often lack the capital to open businesses that serve the community, like laundry facilities, supermarkets and clinics. RBC GAM's impact investing strategies buy the guaranteed portions of SBA loans to deliver more services to the residents of low- and moderate-income communities and provide more job opportunities within the local economy.

  Education

Access to quality education is a key driver of upward socioeconomic mobility and helps to reduce inequalities often found in higher education and the job force. RBC GAM’s impact investing strategies support equal access to educational opportunities, including preschools and primary schools, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as access to job skills and training programs. These opportunities are vital to students of all ages as they provide preparation for employment and career development.

The Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative supports
 

2,214   affordable rental housing units
            (29 properties)
   517   single family mortgages for
            low-to-moderate income
            families
     85   small businesses
     24   municipal issues supporting
            projects like clean water,
            reducing homelessness,
            neighborhood revitalization
            and school districts

Source:  RBC GAM, as of 3.31.21

As of 3.31.21  Source:  RBC GAM, Tableau 
Size of investment location on map is size of estimate current loan amount. 

 

Impact Summary
 

Geographic Summary

LAGUNA HILLS HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER – Laguna Hills, CA

BUTCHER SHOP – Berkeley, CA

URGENT CARE CLINIC – Los Angeles, CA

Solutions for Making and Measuring Impact

Disciplined Investing with a Community Development Purpose through the Access Capital Community Investing Strategy

  • High quality, liquid fixed income investment strategy that primarily holds investments guaranteed by the US government, its agencies or municipalities
     
  •  23-year track record of delivering social impact and institutional caliber investments; meets Community Reinvestment Act requirements and qualifies as a public welfare investment
     
  • Advances social justice in market-rate investments through the creation of customized securities that support underserved people in the US
     
  • Builds stronger communities by financing affordable housing, job creation, healthcare, education and infrastructure projects that foster sustainable economic development
     
  • Customization available for duration, credit quality, and geographic targeting to underserved individuals and communities, including to BIPOC communities

The intersection of financial returns and social benefits

BIPOC is an acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Targeting options only available in certain vehicles and are subject to investment minimums.

Having an impact where it’s needed

Real world impact
Access Capital has contributed to impact investments3 in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Highlights include:
Impact investments listed above include investments in all vehicle options for the strategy.

Small Business and Job Growth

 Healthcare

Lack of access to comprehensive, quality healthcare services impacts the ability of men, women and children to lead healthy and productive lives. RBC GAM's impact investing strategies invest in a range of healthcare facilities in underserved communities --including nursing homes, community clinics, skilled nursing care and family dentistry --resulting in healthier, more stable and more productive communities.

 

Climate change is a global challenge that will have impacts on economies, markets, and societies worldwide. RBC GAM's impact investing strategies support projects that promote the health of the environment, including renewable energy, clean air and water, land preservation, efficient resource use, and environmental remediation.

Environmental Sustainability

 

Would-be small business owners often lack the capital to open businesses that serve the community, like laundry facilities, supermarkets and clinics. RBC GAM's impact investing strategies buy the guaranteed portions of SBA loans to deliver more services to the residents of low- and moderate-income communities and provide more job opportunities within the local economy.

Community Infrastructure

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  Geographic
Designation
Thematic
Designation
Individual DTR
Report1
Philanthropy
California Impact Investment
Collaborative Report2
Access Capital Community Investing        
     Separate Account (≥ $25 million)   Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes
     Mutual Fund3   At ≥ $100,000   No   At ≥ $1 million   Yes
  Impact Bond         
     Separate Account (≥ $25 million)   Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes
      Mutual Fund3   No1   No   No   Yes
Customized Separate Account
  (≥ $25 million)
  Yes   Yes   Yes   Yes

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1A report detailing the underlying loans in each security in which the participant invests
2A report detailing the underlying loans in each security RBC GAM invests in on behalf of the Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative.
3 For Mutual Fund information, please visit 
intermediaries.rbcgam.com/us/

$107.2M

Webinar Series Overview

Join Philanthropy California and RBC Global Asset Management for a four-part learning series to dive deep into pressing issues for residents across the state. Each session invites speakers - many with statewide and national expertise - for generative conversations on small business support and economic advancement for low-income workers; COVID-19 recovery and public health, prioritizing support for people who experience disparities in health outcomes; investments in green infrastructure as a tool to combat climate change; and emerging initiatives to build affordable housing that is equitable.

Session 1: June 22 | Investing in California’s Economy: Strategies to Support an Equitable Recovery Post-Pandemic
Session 2: August 4 | Investments in COVID-19 Recovery and Public Health.

Session 3: October 6 | Investment strategies to address climate change in California
Session 4: December 8 | How to Build Affordable and Equitable Housing

Investment strategies to address climate change in California

RBC Global Asset Management and Philanthropy CA conducted a webinar discussing how impact investing can help develop public health infrastructure and pave the way for a sustainable and inclusive recovery.

Each year RBC Global Asset Management conducts an annual global Responsible Investment Survey focusing on environmental, social, governance and impact issues and opinions. The survey asks key decision makers in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia for their thoughts on topics trending within the responsible investment universe.

RBC Global Asset Management and Philanthropy CA held a frank discussion on the current state of wildfires in California and what it will take to mitigate this trend through scalable investment in support of vulnerable populations.

Investments in COVID-19 recovery and public health