Everybody is an Investor
The Ujima Fund
The Nation's first Democratic Investment Fund
The Ujima Fund is a democratic investment vehicle raising capital to finance small businesses, real estate and infrastructure projects in Boston’s working-class Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, as part of the larger Boston Ujima Project. Ujima, named for the Swahili word for collective work and responsibility, uses a participatory budgeting process in combination with traditional underwriting to put economic development decisions in the hands of community members.
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After years of co-creation with community members, businesses, grassroots partners, and supporters...
The Ujima Fund is now closed for investment!
As a non profit fund, the Ujima Fund relies on your support to sustain the team and infrastructure that make this work possible.
An accredited investor is a person or a business entity who is allowed to deal in securities that may not be registered with financial authorities. They are entitled to this access if they satisfy one (or more) requirements regarding income, net worth, asset size, governance status or professional experience. Accredited investors include natural high net worth individuals, banks, insurance companies, brokers and trusts.
As determined by the Securities & Exchange Commission's Regulation D, an accredited investor includes anyone who: has an earned income that exceeded $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year, OR has a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence).
A non-accredited investor is someone who does not meet the net worth requirements for an accredited investor under the Securities & Exchange Commission's Regulation D. A non-accredited individual investor is one who has a net worth of less than $1 million (including spouse) and who earned less than $200,000 annually ($300,000 with spouse) in the last two years.
With our grassroots partner organizations, Ujima hosts neighborhood and city-wide planning assemblies with hundreds of residents, local businesses and employees to set investment priorities and vote on investments that help achieve shared community goals. Local finance professionals and Ujima Members comprise the Fund’s Investment Committee (IC), which conducts due diligence and makes recommendations to members before all investments come and votes.
Normally, higher risk capital is compensated with higher returns, but we think about risk differently. For a working class investor, a $100 may be a greater risk than a wealthy investor investing $10,000. The Ujima Capital Fund will leverage philanthropic dollars to secure the investments of working class
investors and support reasonable returns for other investors seeking radical impact with their investments. Final terms will
be described in a Fund Prospectus and ratified by Ujima’s voting body.
Ujima’s participatory multi-stakeholder model unlocks new ways to mitigate our
investment risks and grow portfolio resilience. Ujima activates its base of community investors, organizers and business professionals to channel consumer dollars to community-oriented businesses,
support those businesses with hands-on technical assistance, secure purchasing contracts with local anchor institutions, and support policy campaigns for a more just economy.
WHAT WE'VE LEARNED
Pilot Investment Day
In August 2016, hundreds of community members gathered in Roxbury for Ujima's Solidarity Summit. Through the Pilot Investment day, 175 people invested $20,000 democratically to 5 Black & immigrant owned businesses with 0% interest loans. Check out a full recap here.
Neighborhood & Citywide Assemblies
SEPTEMBER 2017 - OCTOBER 2018
From September 2017 through October 2018, Ujima partnered with grassroots organizations to hold 2 Citywide Assemblies and 3 Neighborhood Assemblies in Fields Corner, the Blue Hill Corridor, and Dudley Square. These assemblies brought over 550 residents together to collectively determine the values and priorities for the
Help us grow and strengthen a powerful ecosystem.
Ujima is advancing many interconnected strategies including business support, financial education, arts and cultural organizing, and youth engagement.
At the core of Ujima's vision is a future where our communities' have the resources and power to own our own land, our own businesses, and our own culture. Grassroots gifts from our network of supporters are the only way we will get there.
Help resource the development of a model for democratic investment that could transform finance and help create more equitable cities across the country.