Historically, the government provided all the funding for public schools. There might have been some small charitable gifts, but this was largely the government's responsibility. Even for capital construction of school buildings, the municipal bond market works very efficiently.
In private schools, alumni and religiously affiliated people made charitable grants.
The growth of charter schools has created a new opportunity for socially motivated investors seeking a fair return to invest in the schools that are having a significant impact in the lives of children, especially those who don't have an option for a quality education.
Here is some news and research about this growing opportunity:
- WSJ provides opinion about impact investing in charter schools
- Financial Advisor magazine identifies impact investing for charter schools
- Impact Entrepreneur prepares paper for charter schools and impact investing
- Bloomberg covers charter school fund's bond offering
There are currently a limited number of structured opportunities for investors. Most of the impact investments to date are one-off transactions to individual schools.
These are some of the existing investing opportunities that support, in part, charter schools. They represent a very small fraction of the total capital available for charter schools. The market may be poised for more structured investment opportunities. These are listed for academic research purposes only and are not solicitations for investments. Please see disclaimer for more information.
- Capital Impact Partners
- Low Income Investment Fund
- Reinvestment Fund
- Calvert Impact Capital
- Equitable Facilities Fund
There is one trading platform for some of these investment opportunities: