Activest is a voice for fiscal justice, which is the justness of a municipal budget, especially related to the equity of outcomes for all municipal stakeholders. We believe that communities that treat their residents justly realize better fiscal outcomes. Our approach blends economic modeling, financial analysis, data science, and social policy research to build resilience in the face of increasing muni-political, fiscal, and social change.
Analyzing municipal budgets for fiscal justice and developing fiscal justice investment strategies for municipal investors.
Activest is partnering with Robasciotti & Philipson to launch a first-of-its-kind municipal investment strategy that invests in racial justice outcomes in Black communities, recently mentioned in The New York Times. Be the first to know when this launches!
Organizing and activating bondholders through issue campaigns.
In September 2019, Activest, in partnership with ACRE Campaigns, launched our first bondholder engagement campaign. The campaign urges municipal investors to pressure the City of Chicago to stop using funds from the City’s general obligation bonds to cover municipal legal settlement costs as a result of police misconduct.
Our Letter to Investors PDF
ACRE's Chicago Case Study PDF
Creating financial products for municipalities to advance fiscal justice, especially those that advance outcomes in communities of color.
With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Activest created a guide for communities to understand the social justice implications of local government infrastructure.