Vermont has often been a trend-setter when it comes to advancing progressive agendas. In the realm of public finance, the state is no different. Since 1996, Vermont has been selling lower denomination Citizen Bonds, available only to Vermont residents, in denominations as low as $1,000. In 2015, Vermont sold $28.52 million in Green Bonds, marking the first time that the state targeted investors with socially responsible investment objectives in order to fund projects that benefit environmental and/or climate initiatives.
Working with Neighborly, the city of Burlington, Vermont joined this state tradition of using lower bond denominations to develop deeper connections between residents and their community’s financing programs.
James McIntyreConnecting Burlington Residents to Local Capital Projects
Perhaps now more than ever, folks across the country are looking for ways to invest in their communities and collaborate to build a better future. Cambridge, Massachusetts is blazing a trail in that direction by using a new way to fund critical local projects like parks, streets and municipal facilities.
In February 2017, the City pioneered the beginning of something truly revolutionary – offering online tradable bonds directly to its constituents.
neighborlyblogHow Cambridge and its Residents Unlocked the Future of Public Finance
Today we're thrilled to announce that Neighborly raised a $25 million Series A round to further our mission of modernizing public finance The investment was led by Joe Lonsdale at 8VC, Laurene Powell Jobs at Emerson Collective, with follow-on participation from Ashton Kutcher at Sound Ventures, Maven Ventures, Bee Partners, and Stanford University We welcome newcomers Govtech Fund, Abstract.vc, and Fintech Collective.
Thank you to all of our investors for joining and mentoring us on our mission You are visionaries who stand with us on our quest to do well financially by doing good for our nation’s communities
Neighborly modernizes access to public finance We connect borrowing communities with investors of every type, allowing cities to more easily issue debt and allowing community members to invest directly in their communities.
The use of minibonds, small denomination municipal bonds, to fund public projects is appealing to government officials since they are believed to broaden local investor access and strengthen the connection between residents and the projects. But how do they compare to traditional, higher denomination municipal bonds in terms of costs?
neighborlyblogRaising Financial and Social Capital with Small Denomination Municipal Bonds
As a venture-backed company on a quest to modernize access to public finance, Neighborly occupies two radically different worlds. In one, we work with venture capitalists to raise money so that we can grow and achieve our strategic objectives. In the other, we are constantly collaborating with public finance professionals and looking for ways that we can empower municipalities and investors alike.
JaseWhat Public Finance Can Learn From Venture Capital
Hi, I’m Erin. I work on Issuer Solutions at Neighborly. I’m looking forward to helping Neighborly reach new issuers and make the municipal bond market work better for them. One of my focus areas is higher education.