If un-checked, Opportunity Zones could have the biggest potential negative impact on the neighborhoods they intend to help.
CITIES & COMMUNITIES
Without discrete impact requirements being provided by federal regulators, Cities & Communities will need to define impact requirements for Sponsors and their projects.
INVESTORS & LENDERS
To ensure their dollars are being deployed in a socially-conscious way, Investors & Lenders will need to require more transparent, consistent impact management by Developers.
DEVELOPERS & SPONSORS
Developers & Sponsors will need a tool to accommodate Community needs as well as Investor & Lender impact measurement requirements.
How Do Cities & Communities, Investors & Lenders, and Developers & Sponsors Work Towards Collective Impact in Opportunity Zones?
The Shift Impact Appraisal
Real estate appraisals have long been a standard, widely-accepted tool to protect investors and lenders when financing real estate projects. Unfortunately, until now, there has been no standardized way to evaluate (and course-correct) the anticipated impact of a project on a given community.
That is where the Shift Impact Appraisal comes in…Built upon a series of criteria based on global standard frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) IRIS Metrics, and the B Corporation Assessment, the Shift Impact Appraisal evaluates not only the Project, but the Project Sponsor, Community Need, Vendors/Suppliers, and Exit Strategy.
Completed during the project due diligence phase, and updated at project closing and exit, it can help ensure the right policies, controls, and processes are in place to make a positive and lasting impact on the target community, and its residents, while providing multiple opportunities to improve and increase impact throughout the project lifecycle.
Here is an overview of its components:
Project & Community Narrative
Describes the project, its location, sponsor, primary impact themes, community sentiment, and potential negative impacts.
scores the Sponsors, the Project, the Community, the Vendors/Suppliers, and the Exit Strategy based on a series of widely-accepted standard criteria, and provides supporting evidence for each score.
Impact Measurement Framework
Outlines the set of metrics that the Project Sponsor plans to measure and track for this project.
Outlines recommendations to improve the current impact score of the opportunity.
Highlights comparable projects and impacts of those projects.