Funding Opportunity Network Partnership | Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) today announced that it has selected Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) as its diversity and inclusion partner for MSIM’s charitable contribution related to the new Impact class. The OFN is a leading national network of 370 Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) that ensures that communities underserved by traditional finance have access to affordable and responsible financial products and services.
Impact Classes are share classes available in two of MSIM’s institutional money market funds. They contain a contribution feature in which MSIM, on its own profits from managing impact classes, provides support to organizations that focus on affordable housing, child health and nutrition, and education, among others. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. As part of this new partnership, MSIM will make an annual contribution to the OFN Finance Justice Fund, an OFN initiative that aims to bring $1 billion in capital from businesses and philanthropic partners to communities historically underinvested.
“MSIM chose OFN as a partner because it is uniquely positioned to help money flow to people and places where traditional financing doesn’t reach,” said Navindu Katugampola, Head of Sustainable Investing at MSIM.
“We are deeply grateful for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s support of our Finance Justice Fund,” said Beth Lipson, interim CEO and CFO of Opportunity Finance Network. “His contributions will help us achieve the goal of the Finance Justice Fund, which is to close the racial wealth gap and accelerate the work of our CDFI members who invest in affordable housing, health centers, schools and other anchors of vibrant communities where we all want to live.
Impact categories are available to direct institutional investors in the Morgan Stanley Institutional Liquidity Funds Government (IMPXX) and Prime (IMPTXX) portfolios. They are designed to help institutional liquidity investors achieve their primary investment goals of capital stability, liquidity and income while advancing their DE&I objectives. MSIM will contribute at least 0.02% of annualized net assets under management in Impact category stocks to support DE&I initiatives.
Impact Classes represent the latest addition to the series of innovative share classes and product structures in the Morgan Stanley Institutional Liquidity Funds money market fund family, designed to help environmentally conscious liquidity investors, of society and governance (ESG). Investors interested in the Impact class may also be interested in CastleOak shares which were launched last year in partnership with CastleOak Securities, LP, a leading minority-owned investment bank, whose philanthropy focused on community, professional development and education.
About the Opportunity Funding Network
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is a leading national network of more than 370 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), specialty lenders that provide affordable and responsible financial products and services to low-income rural, urban and Indigenous communities across the country. country. As a trusted intermediary between CDFIs and the public and private sectors, OFN works with its partners – banks, philanthropies, corporations, government agencies and others – to create economic opportunity for all by strengthening and investing in CDFI. Since its founding in 1986 and through 2020, the network has generated $91.2 billion in funding in rural, urban and Indigenous communities, helping to create or sustain more than 2.2 million jobs, start or expand 535,550 businesses and micro-enterprises, and support the development or rehabilitation of more than 2.2 million housing units and more than 13,270 community facility projects.
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