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WHAT TAPESTRY DOES

Your greatest asset is your community

If you are a non-profit or co-op, you can take advantage of an innovative social finance tool called a Community Bond to raise financing for a capital project. Community bonds are a mechanism that allow supporters to become investors in projects that are meaningful to them.

Across Canada, social enterprises are tapping into their communities to bring big projects to life.

Your work is important and needs to happen on a greater scale. Let’s engage your community to invest in that change.

We help you elevate your supporters into investors

Tapestry Community Capital is a non-profit co-op that supports other co-ops and non-profits in raising and managing community investment. Since 1998, the Tapestry team has supported some of Canada’s largest social enterprises in successful community financing campaigns.

We believe in the power of community. Our role is to enable and empower local leadership to bring dreams to reality. With our support, you can focus on what you do best and feel confident that you will be able to unlock the capital you need to scale your organization.

We have worked with organizations across multiple sectors, from renewable energy to co-working, in raising and managing $61 million from over 3,900 investors. What do they all share in common? Like us, they are driven by a deep respect and concern for the environment and the communities they live in. Tapestry, and all our clients, strive to leave the world a better place.

We have the experience to help you structure your investment, the people to support your team to raise the needed funds, and we provide the back-office support to ensure your investors are managed reliably and professionally.

Our Values

Commitment

Our word is our bond. We will do whatever it takes to meet our commitments.

Respect

We respect the diversity within each and every community. That is our collective strength.

Trust

Our communities are built on trust. We will always conduct ourselves in a fair, honest and ethical manner to earn that trust.

Community

We believe in the power of community. Our role is to enable and empower local leadership to bring their dreams to reality.

Generosity

We will be generous with our time and our expertise to help instill competence, credibility and confidence in others.

Sustainability

We care deeply about the environment and the communities we live in. We strive to leave the world a better place.

Invite us to be part of your impact team

We’re here to help you create your unique tapestry of community support every step of the way. We bring our financial expertise and experience to weave into your team’s fabric. Meet our team members.

What is a Community Bond?

THE SMART WAY TO SCALE UP COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

Similar to a conventional bond, community bonds are an interest-bearing loan with a face value, fixed term and set interest rate. What makes community bonds different is that they always generate a social or environmental return, in addition to a fair financial return.

Key Information:

  • Community bonds are a proven social finance tool
  • Issued exclusively by non-profits, charities and co-operatives
  • Bonds are issued in the name of the local organization
  • A loan which must be repaid with interest
  • Typically finance 10-40% of total project cost

The true power of Community Bonds lies in their ability to engage community members emotionally, as well as financially, in supporting iconic community projects.

Beyond unlocking private capital, Community Bonds:

  • Keep wealth in the community
  • Promote local economic development and inclusion
  • Allow organizations to to align their financing with their values and mission
  • Build powerful public support and pride in community projects
  • Generate media attention
AN INNOVATIVE FINANCING TOOL FOR

Community Hubs

Sustainable Food Systems

Co-Working Spaces

Sustainable Energy Projects

Inclusive & Affordable Housing

Arts & Culture Hubs

Are community bonds right for your project?

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Tapestry services for every stage of your bond raise

We will help you structure your bond offering to meet the needs of both your project and your community, and ensure that your offering complies with all legal regulations.

Feasibility Analysis
Legal Compliance
Investor Research

We will help you to create your pitch and marketing plan in order to target investors effectively, and support your investor relations efforts. We will ensure that you have access to the capital you need, when you need it.

Sales Strategy
Development of Marketing Collateral
Bond Sales Processing

We will manage your investor efficiently and securely for the term of the bond on our custom-built platform. Community members receive a financial return and feel proud of their contribution to the local community.

Transaction Processing
Investor Correspondence
Data Storage & Security

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Let’s make your community project a reality

If you are interested in using Community Bonds to finance your next project, our Tapestry team can help you. We have the expertise, staff and technology to make your bond campaign a success.