Forward Community Investments (FCI) is an investor, connector, and advisor for organizations and initiatives that reduce social, racial, and economic disparities across Wisconsin. We build stronger, healthier communities by working with other organizations to understand the root causes of social issues and by encouraging and supporting initiatives that make positive change possible.

Since 1994 FCI has supported Wisconsin based projects and programs by providing low-cost financing and financial expertise for: affordable housing, equitable access to information, economic development and basic social services. We have invested over $55 million in more than 100 organizations, making a difference in the lives of more than 330,000 people. Our relationships and flexible structure make us a trusted partner of individuals, nonprofits, financial institutions, foundations and investors wanting to make long-term sustainable change.

We did it!

FCI’s works with organizations that address the growing racial and socioeconomic disparities that exist in communities across Wisconsin. It’s why we’ve been involved with the 2013 Race to Equity project from its genesis; it’s a report that became a movement involving thousands of people in Dane County and beyond. And, it’s why we continue to support their ongoing work. On Tuesday, FCI supported the R2E with our own $1,000 Relay R2E. Not only was our challenge met, it was surpassed . . . so many thanks to people like you!

PS In case you missed it, R2E recently released a follow-up to the original 2013 report.  The Roadmap to Equity: A Two Generation Approach to Reducing Racial Disparities in Dane County is organized around the broad theme of “Supporting More Parents to Succeed in Today’s Economy; Preparing More Young People to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World.” It’s a report worth reading! Onward!


FCI is a community development financial institution (CDFI) and a member of the Opportunity Finance Network.