The World Is Converging on Impact

Social entrepreneurs are tackling some of the most complex issues of our time. But that path isn’t smooth. They need your help. Join the first investment fund designed to help social entrepreneurs move from impasse to impact. The Impact Fund will disburse up to $100 million in short-term loans to 200 social enterprises in its first five years—keeping $1 billion of impact on track.
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Leveraged Impact

The Impact Fund targets high-impact investments. For each dollar invested, the Impact Fund returns $9 in Impact.
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Open Road Alliance steps in at critical financial junctures in the lifecycle of social organizations and provides the kind of bridge financing that has been ignored by traditional finance and philanthropies, which either aren’t set up to do this type of work or don’t have the sector expertise to serve these types of borrowers.
Dr. Judith Rodin
Advisory Board Member, Open Road Impact Fund
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Impact Fund - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Open Road Impact Fund?

The Impact Fund remains the only impact investing fund focused on providing short-term bridge loans to impact companies. It is also the first Open Road fund that is open to outside investors, allowing them to access high-impact investments across multiple geographies that also provide a financial return.

 

Impact Fund loans range from $100,000 to $1M and are extended to social impact companies located primarily in Africa, the U.S., South America, and South Asia. The Fund is designed to give investors a 2-4% return.

What impact will the Impact Fund provide investors?

Every dollar invested in the Open Road Impact Fund is recycled at least four times. Every recycled dollar we lend returns 10X in additional follow-on financing.

 

Through its leveraged model, the Impact Fund is projected to disburse $65M+ during its five-year term. By the Fund’s maturity in 2025, it will have supported over 200 impact companies. 

What safeguards does Open Road use to ensure that borrowers repay their loans?

We are highly-specialized experts in the niche market of short-term bridge financing. Our first fund, Open Road Ventures, proved both the market need for this type of financing and our ability to successfully identify those organizations with the highest likelihood of repayment. ORV has a low borrower default rate of 0.3%.

 

Our proprietary risk assessment process is specific to the market of bridge financing. Core to Open Road’s repayment success is our customer service credo and focus on impact, which aligns our repayment with the goals of our borrowers. We source most of our pipeline directly from other impact investing organizations, creating a trusted network of referral partners.