Download Our CIV Playbook

Thank you for your interest in Community Investment Vehicles!

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CIVs are one of our passions, aligning well with our long-term vision for a Chicago where all communities are valued and have equitable access to holistic amenities and services—and the capital and capacity that makes those things possible. We believe CIVs are one possible (and exciting) avenue to help get us there, and that’s why we are sharing this free resource far and wide.

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CIVs are just one part of a larger ecosystem of services, products, and innovative ideas that we need to build community wealth and bring community-driven developments to life. I hope you’ll stay in touch with The Desk as we continue this important work – the impacts of which go far beyond dollars and cents. Together, we can create jobs, generate wreath, and improve the quality of life on Chicago’s South and West sides.

Ja’Net Defell
Director, Community Desk Chicago