Investments with Impact
The World Is Converging on Impact
From Impasse to Impact
The Impact Fund—the first of our funds open to outside investors—invests in fully funded social enterprises that are experiencing an unexpected, externally caused cash crunch. Our bridge loans solve that crunch, keeping impact on track and accelerating toward scale.
A Proven Model
Learn more about our portfolio and investment opportunities with impact-first organizations that also have solid financials.
Impact Fund - Frequently Asked Questions
The Impact Fund is a $40M fund established by Open Road Alliance that provides short-term bridge loans to social impact organizations that run into unexpected obstacles on their path to scale, thereby ensuring that these businesses survive and thrive. The Impact Fund provides investors the opportunity to access high impact investments across multiple geographies that also provide a financial return.
The Impact Fund is the first fund by Open Road that is open to outside investors including family offices, foundations, and impact-first investors. Impact Fund loans range from $100,000 to $1M and are extended to social impact organizations located primarily in Africa, U.S., Latin America, and South Asia. The Impact Fund is designed to provide investors with a return of 2-4%.
All of the investments made by Open Road Ventures are high-impact investments. Open Road estimates that the Impact Fund, over the first five years, will disburse $100M in short-term loans across 200 organizations, keeping up to $1B of impact on track while providing investors with a financial return.
Our estimate is based on our own track record. For each dollar invested, Open Road Ventures returns $9 in impact. This 9x leverage has already resulted in $186M of additional impact across the ORV portfolio, to date.
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.