Through impact investing, we aim to channel $70 million to organizations that provide critical services for people 50 and over.
Impact investing is investing in companies, organizations and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Using impact investing, Age Strong brings a new source of funding to address the needs of vulnerable people 50 and over in the U.S. Together, AARP, AARP Foundation, Capital Impact Partners and Calvert Impact Capital have a proven track record of working with and investing in these types of organizations. We carefully select them based on their mission and financial performance.
Each of the partners brings a different set of strengths to address the challenges of aging strong.
Age Strong aligns with AARP Foundation’s work of ending senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. Learn about AARP Foundation’s gift planning options.
Through Age Strong, Capital Impact provides direct financing for projects that enable older adults to age in their communities and that transform the long-term care system. Learn more about Capital Impact’s financing options.
One of my favorite examples: AARP’s new Age Strong program, which lets you buy bonds that are used specifically to improve the lives of older, low-income people, providing them with everything from healthy meals to affordable, accessible housing to job training … With Age Strong, you can invest as little as $20 online (through Calvert Foundation’s Vested.org) or $1,000 and up by check or through a broker to buy fixed-income notes (think short-term corporate bonds) paying from 0.50 percent for a one-year note to 3 percent for a 10-year note.
This is just one example of how funders are successfully using creative grant structures to leverage investments and support market development. Another example is the AARP Foundation, which made a significant grant as well as a debt investment to launch AgeStrong, the country’s first impact investing fund targeting organizations and innovations that support Americans aged 50-plus.
You can go online and invest as little as $20, and become a part of Age Strong. The Community Investment Note, and this targeted Age Strong offering, is a fixed-income investment. You select your term; we offer one-, three-, five-, seven- and 10-year terms, with an interest of one-half a percent through to 3 percent, depending on the tenure that you choose. And it’s part of your investment portfolio.
Using the grant maker’s support as a launching pad, the Calvert Foundation plans to raise up to $60 million from private investors seeking both a financial return and social benefits for the country’s aging population. Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit community-development group, will identify projects designed to help people over 50 secure housing, access to healthy food, and an improved financial situation and to remedy problems associated with isolation..