Unlocking Capital for
Catalytic Development


To catalyze equitable economic prosperity in communities of color, Community Desk Chicago leverages private market expertise and trusted investor relationships to unlock capital for transformative real estate development.

Learn more about how we support transformative development projects

Capital Providers
Help bridge the funding gap for community-oriented development

Lend your industry expertise to support community projects

Communities of color are challenged with capital access for real estate development and investments in their neighborhoods. Nonprofits have limited financial resources and capacity to tackle complex development transactions. And, Black and Latinx developers and entrepreneurs are often denied equitable access to capital to start or grow their businesses. Community Desk Chicago works to close these gaps by promoting direct catalytic capital to Black and Latinx communities in historically underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

We Believe

Strong talent and commercial development opportunities exist in communities, but face challenges accessing the necessary capital and resources.

Communities deserve holistic development, including commercial projects that create wealth building opportunities and improve quality of life.

Projects in communities of color should have equitable access to capital without fear of racial bias.

Our role is to collaborate, not duplicate — partnering with the existing ecosystem to add capacity and fill gaps.