IFF

IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.

About

IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.

Across the Midwest, we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, housing developers, and grocery stores. Our staff of nearly 100 professionals works from our Chicago headquarters, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

IFF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. We are the largest nonprofit CDFI in the Midwest and one of only a five nationally to hold the top-ranked Aeris four-star rating for impact management and AAA rating for financial strength and performance. Since 1988, we have made more than $879 million in loans, leveraging $2.5 billion in community investments.

IFF is also a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and the Opportunity Finance Network, as well as a past recipient of the $5.5 million Wells Fargo NEXT award for Opportunity Finance.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review

Space

  • Lease Review Assistance

Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Technical Services

Space

  • Office Space
  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Site Location

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training

Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
Primary Contact
Victoria Lakes-Battle
Address
333 South Wabash Ave.
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone
(312) 521-7375
Website
iff.org