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Equitable School Revolving Fund is a nonprofit social impact fund created to provide long-term, low-cost facility loans that allow high-performing charter schools to maximize the resources they dedicate to students.
High-performing charter schools promote bright futures for children across America. ESRF believes these schools should borrow under terms comparable to traditional public school districts.
ESRF is an "A" rated pooled fund that offers high-credit, long-term, scalable bond investment opportunities.
This week, I’m pleased to report that Equitable School Revolving Fund has closed its fifth “A” rated bond offering.
This was our largest issuance yet, raising $300 million that will directly support the most affordable facilities loans available to high-performing public charter schools across the country. Portions of this year’s offering were more than 18x oversubscribed, driven by a rocksteady ESRF investor base that now includes over 85 savvy bond investors. Thank you for your resounding support and belief in our schools.
While this latest round represents the steady growth and exceedingly positive investor reception that EFF has earned through ceaseless transparency, rigorous underwriting and unrelenting support of schools, it also represents a rededication to our primary strategy, to ensure that schools have access to the financial resources they need to thrive, even in challenging macro-rate environments.
High interest rates should not take money out of our classrooms.
When the pandemic threw the capital markets into chaos, EFF capped interest rates for our schools so they could continue to grow through uncertainty.
Despite today’s high-interest rate environment, EFF will offer more than $150 million in short-term loans at interest rates lower than 5% in the months to come. These loans will cover 100% of project costs (with zero equity requirement) so all schools can have the homes they deserve without struggling to patch lending gaps with philanthropy or their operating dollars.
For high-potential, early-phase schools, short-term lending offers a path forward during unfavorable market conditions. These loans will bridge schools to long-term affordability - and save them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in the interim. Since 2017, EFF has redirected more than $250 million in interest savings back into the classrooms of 170 schools nationwide.
As of 2022, the charter bond sector has now been active for 25 years, a milestone this community can be proud of. EFF’s philanthropic backing represents the next evolution of this important work, allowing us to raise money at lower rates on behalf of great schools. It ensures that no matter the market conditions, we are going to keep showing up where we are needed most.
CEO, Equitable Facilities Fund
Did you know that as of 2022, the tax-exempt charter school bond sector has been active for 25 years?
A full-fledged municipal bond sector with nearly 2,300 transactions issued to date, there is now a significant track record of repayment performance that we can look to for future guidance. A new report from EFF dives deep into 25 years of trends.
Among the findings:
Read the FULL REPORT
The Arizona Industrial Development Authority as conduit issuer is set to offer a $230 million social bond next week to support a variety of high-performing public charter schools across the United States.
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First-of-its-kind public-private partnership will support 7,500+ new, high-quality public charter seats in the state
When it comes to expanding access to a high-quality education, Nevada public charter schools have a new ace up their sleeve.
Just one year from the launch of EFF's first state-based revolving loan fund in Texas, we are proud to announce the creation of the Nevada Facilities Fund (NVFF), offering high-impact and high-potential public charter schools affordable, low-interest financing for purchasing, building or refinancing facilities.
The $100 million state fund is expected to help the highest-impact Nevada public charter schools add 7,500+ new seats in the coming years. These low-cost loans will save schools around $25 million, directing critical funding back where it belongs - the classroom.
What makes NVFF different? EFF has partnered with Opportunity 180, Governor Joe Lombardo, Treasurer Zach Conine and the Nevada State Infrastructure Bank to create the first public-private partnership that provides a dedicated facility funding resource for public charter schools looking to open or expand in Nevada. EFF will leverage $20 million contributed by the State Infrastructure Bank and local philanthropists with an additional $80 million of low-yield bond proceeds issued to our national investor base - allowing charter schools to borrow at sub-5%* interest rates.
The Nevada Facilities Fund is the public school facilities solution that Nevada families deserve. Together, we’re combining local expertise, a proven national model, and state, federal and philanthropic funding to catalyze something that will make a difference for children for years to come.