Partners & Supporters

Supported Organizations

The Center for Economic Democracy

The Center for Economic Democracy is a U.S. social movement-building organization, growing the capacity of grassroots communities to transform American capitalism into a more just, sustainable and democratic economy. CED harnesses the cooperative, creative and productive impulses of our communities to build an economy governed for the people, by the people. CED (through the Commonwealth Foundation) is a supported organization of BII Fund and our partner on the Boston Ujima Project, Solidarity Economy Initiative, and Worker Ownership.

City Life/Vida Urbana

City Life/Vida Urbana fights for Boston residents to stay in their homes. City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power. They promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society. City Life Vida Urbana is a supported organization of BII Fund and is our partner in creating strategies for anti-displacement real estate investing.

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance is a San Francisco–based nonprofit financial services organization dedicated to catalyzing transformation by circulating capital to social enterprises for a more just, regenerative, and compassionate world. RSF works at the intersection of social change and finance, enabling investors and donors to align their money with their values, connecting entrepreneurs with diverse forms of capital, and developing breakthrough ideas in social finance. Since 1984, RSF has issued over $850 million in loans and grants supporting social enterprises in the areas of food and agriculture, education and the arts, climate and the environment, women’s economic empowerment, and racial justice. RSF Social Finance is a supported organization of BII Fund and hosts BII’s donor-advised fund.

Legal Partners

Lawyers for Civil Rights

Lawyers for Civil Rights works with communities of color and immigrants to fight discrimination and foster equity through creative and courageous legal advocacy, education, and economic empowerment. In partnership with law firms and community allies, we provide free, life-changing legal support to individuals, families, and small businesses. BII and LCR partner on small business coaching for entrepreneurs of color. 

Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis is an international law firm with 30 offices in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm provides clients with litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and benefits, and intellectual property services. Morgan Lewis handles all of BII Fund II’s formation and note offering. Additionally, the firm handles debt and equity financing, and BII Fund’s innovative work on impact covenants, binding legal covenants that ensure companies in the BII portfolio are having a positive impact on communities of color. 

Riemer & Braunstein

Riemer & Braunstein is a boutique finance firm with offices in key capital market centers, where its attorneys represent major financial institutions, both domestic and foreign, in real estate finance and commercial finance transactions. Based in Boston, Riemer & Braunstein has an 85-year history representing banks, corporations and businesses. Riemer & Braunstein handles BII Fund’s debt financing.

Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray is a renowned global law firm with more than 150 years of history providing services to the world’s leaders in business and finance. Ropes & Gray provides clients with leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies. Ropes & Gray handles BII Fund’s equity and non-traditional financing as well as charitable loan fund formation.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

WSGR is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. WSGR represents companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial startups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. WSGR handles BII Fund II’s equity investments.

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