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Scaling the Power of Guarantees

Join Philanthropy California to discuss the use of guarantees in impact investing and learn more about the Community Investment Guarantee Pool (CIGP).

Financial guarantees are an evolving tool for philanthropies looking to back mission-aligned projects normally beyond the scope of traditional finance. How can foundations leverage their balance sheets to accelerate community investments?

The Community Investment Guarantee Pool (CIGP) is a first of its kind platform allowing guarantors to combine resources and expertise by establishing a single, one-stop-shop for intermediary lenders in the climate, affordable housing, and small business sectors. Together, this group is making more and new types of community development transactions feasible by putting more of their assets to work in service of greater community impact.

Join us to explore guarantees as a type of credit-enhancement tool and one way that different types of capital can work together to develop attractive deals and create larger impact.


  • Thomas De Simone, President & CEO, Genesis LA
  • Christine Ryan Manager, Program-Related Investments, The California Endowment
  • David Newsome, Vice President of Strategy initiatives, Virginia Community Capital

Rosa Benitez

Director of Program Investments

Ruby Bolaria-Shifrin

Director, Housing Affordability
Philanthropy California
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