Restorative Investing Task Force


Restorative Investing

“The system is not broke. The system has an intentional design to keep marginalized communities down and extract from them” Rodney Foxworth, CEO of Common Future

The Restorative Investing Task Force is a group committed to overcome systemic racism through restorative access to capital. It seeks to share knowledge and learning to try to fill the gap between traditional philanthropy and market return seeking impact investing. It is fundamentally a way of deploying capital with and to marginalised communities to address justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), particularly to address the racial wealth gap (i.e. not just capital to BIPOC but that and more). It is inspired by the work of Nwamaka Agbo’s vision of Restorative Economics and builds upon the work and ideas generated by Rodney Foxworth, Common Future, and acknowledges Alfa Demmellash’s contributions to Restorative Investing.

The goal of the Task Force is to create a library of restorative / non-extractive case examples and to fund BIPOC Intermediaries, Funds and Entrepreneurs using restorative Investing practices.

This is meant to be a starting point for gathering and sharing information.  We invite you to share this information with others and share your resources and restorative investing examples with us to include in this webpage; 

 This taskforce has been spearheaded and co-led by 

Laina Greene, Cindy Willard and Babbie Jacobs 

All members of the Taskforce have agreed to the Shared Agreements

Restorative Investing Recordings


Case Example Library

Tanka Bar Case Example Restorative Investment - This case example outlines an equity investment into a Native-owned entity, using restorative terms and incorporating guiding principles that reflect the shared values of the partners. 

It is with much gratitude that we thank Dawn Sherman, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, Tanka Bar, and Aner Ben-Ami, Co-founder of Candide Group, for creating this restorative model of investing and for agreeing to share their wisdom and term sheets for others to learn and emulate. And to Arno Hesse from his work at JEDI Collaborative Investor Task Force; the idea to write up this case study came from him. 

Black Paper: Building Community Wealth/Shifting Power and Capital in Real Estate Finance- Inclusive Capital Collective (ICC) - this example focuses on centering racial equity in capital for real estate and outlines community practices and a capital stack that reflects restorative practices.

Character-Based Lending – Common Future, Community Credit Lab, Native Women Lead, MORTAR and ConnectUp Institute. Using Character-Based Lending practices removes traditional, biased underwriting practices and replaces them with relationship-based lending as determined by community partners. Links here – (please add hyper links for each company.

Navajo Power – How Navajo Power & Candide Group got a deal done at half the cost, with twice the love/ Candide Group

Relationship Based Investing – The traditional 5C system (character, capital, conditions, capacity, and collateral) does not account for systemic oppression and economic exclusion. The 5 Rs of Relationship-based lending can help change that: relational, rooted, restorative, regenerative and revolutionary. 

Transformative Investment Principles – Resource Generation

Restorative Investing Resources

Blogs/ Articles/ Podcasts



Task Force Members, Contributors & Panelists