Morgan Stanley Investment Management (“MSIM”) and Opportunity Finance Network (“OFN”) today announced the first contribution related to MSIM’s money market funds’ Impact Class shares. The contribution in the amount of $250,000 was made to OFN’s Finance Justice Fund, MSIM’s diversity and inclusion partner for the Impact Class shares.
“We are pleased to join Morgan Stanley Investment Management in this innovative partnership for impact,” said Beth Lipson, Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer of Opportunity Finance Network. “Their support of our Finance Justice Fund will accelerate the work of our member community development financial institutions investing in affordable housing and other anchors of vibrant communities.”
To maximize the impact of MSIM’s contribution, OFN has selected two organizations that advance community development and affordable housing initiatives as grant recipients. These organizations, both certified community development financial institutions, are the Housing Assistance Council and the Midwest Housing Development Fund. The Housing Assistance Council is a national non-profit that supports affordable housing throughout rural America. The Midwest Housing Development Fund is a regional non-profit that focuses on lending to developers of affordable housing properties that serve households at or below 60% of area median income.
“We are thrilled with the initial reception the Impact Class Shares has received among investors as well as with the inaugural contribution,” said Fred McMullen, Co-Head of MSIM’s Global Liquidity Solutions Business. “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a core value of Morgan Stanley, and we are pleased to support the Firm’s commitment with this innovative product offering.”
The Impact Classes represent the latest in the series of product structures across the Morgan Stanley Institutional Liquidity Funds money market fund lineup that are designed for socially conscious liquidity investors. MSIM has committed to contribute, from its own resources, at least 0.02% of the net annualized assets under management in the Impact Class shares to support DE&I initiatives.
About Opportunity Finance Network
Opportunity Finance Network is a leading national network of more than 390 community development financial institutions (CDFIs), specialized lenders that provide affordable, responsible financial products and services in low-income rural, urban, and Native communities nationwide. As a trusted intermediary between CDFIs and the public and private sectors, OFN works with its partners - banks, philanthropies, corporations, government agencies - to create economic opportunity for all by strengthening and investing in CDFIs. Since its founding in 1986 and through 2021, the network has originated $100.4 billion in financing in rural, urban and Native communities, helping to create or maintain more than 2.6 million jobs, start or expand more than 696,000 businesses and microenterprises, and support the development or rehabilitation of more than 2.3 million housing units and more than 13,600 community facility projects.
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