CFNE has always had strong support from the faith-based community and socially responsible investment sector. Individuals account for nearly one-fourth of the investor mix. Increasingly, cooperatives themselves are becoming CFNE investors as well as borrowers. Read below to hear, in the words of our supporters, why individuals and institutions invest in CFNE.
Coop investors in CFNE include Hunger Mountain Food Co-op, Community Builders, and City Market/Onion River Co-op.
"Our End is to strengthen and support the co-operative movement by working together. When we relocated seven years ago, we desperately needed support and our co-op neighbors generously provided it. We’re grateful to now be in a position to help other coops."
—Clem Nilan, General Manager. City Market/Onion River Co-op
"As one of the older worker cooperatives in New England, we are delighted to be able to invest in the future of the movement by supporting the great work of the Cooperative Fund of New England."
—The worker/owners at Community Builders Cooperative
"CFNE took on the hard part of the market…and succeeded in meeting the needs of borrowers while also providing investors with a reasonable rate of interest and a leveraged social impact. That's pretty exciting!"
—Amy Domini, Domini Social Investments, LLC
"Cooperatives [are] an economic model that promotes value not just externally but internally... So we fund CFNE and they fund the Co-op.”
—Corinne Florek, Mercy Partnership Fund
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