#15 Intentional Investing
While there are investors who are committed to working with the community and not perpetuating systemic inequality, they don't have sufficient resources, networks, and knowledge to develop equity without displacing current residents.
Why it matters
The challenges facing intentional investors include a lack of access to capital gains and necessary resources; difficulty figuring out how to generate income without displacing people; being considered outsiders; navigating Baltimore bureaucracy; opportunity zone legislation that doesn't benefit small investors; and having to compete with large investors focused solely on profits. Additionally, these investors have difficulty connecting with each other and finding projects that need their support. What does "good" look like? Investors are better connected with the community they are investing in to ensure equity; intentional investors have the resources they need to find and fund opportunities that align with their values.