Community involvement is a core tenant of The Innovate Fund. Whether it is through training and educational workshops, or close partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, or Tennessee, our staff and board members are dedicated to benefiting the communities we serve.
We know that funding can often be a hurdle when meeting community development goals. By working closely with local leaders and economic developers, we ensure they are knowledgeable about all forms of flexible and creative financing in order to find the best way to both meet their goals and benefit the community. We do this by offering New Markets Tax Credit workshops, participating in economic development forums, and continuing to help educate all stakeholders about community development finance. Through our workshops and training sessions, we have provided education and empowerment to thousands of people across the state.
The Innovate Fund is committed to partnering with community and workforce development organizations that are accomplishing amazing things each and every day. We actively engage with these groups to both understand and help them accomplish their mission. We have worked closely with groups, including South Carolina Community Capital Alliance, an organization dedicated to facilitating investment of capital into underserved neighborhoods; and CommunityWorks, Inc., a certified CDFI. Maintaining active involvement in the communities we serve is of the utmost importance to our staff and board members. Our team has assumed leadership roles in over 60 community organizations. Additionally, they have an established advisory board comprised of residents and local stakeholders to represent the interests of those communities.