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Woodstock Institute

Support Financial System Reform With Your Next Real Estate Transaction

The Woodstock Institute is leading efforts to create conditions conducive to economic security and community prosperity for lower wealth people and communities of color. As a member of Investing In Communities®, the Woodstock Institute can receive funding as a result of any real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. Already, $4,830 has been raised through IIC. As more supporters use this free platform, the Woodstock Institute will have more resources to develop and advocate for solutions for more equitable financial systems.

IIC + Woodstock Inst.

Working with financial institutions, policymakers, and philanthropic groups, the Woodstock Institute works on a national level for financial systems reform. The Data Portal is an online source for data on various aspects of the US economy and financial systems, including:

  • Foreclosures in all Chicago Community Areas from 2008-2018;
  • Mortgages for purchase and refinance for Chicago Community Areas;
  • Housing Vacancies and Owner Occupied Buildings;
  • Income Data for the Chicago 6-County Region;
  • Small business lending; and
  • Mapping Tool that allows users to see multiple data sets for community areas or for the State of Illinois.

The Woodstock Institute’s Theory of Change is a strategic roadmap to prosperity. Through direct and specific actions, Woodstock Institute is working toward a just financial system. 

Consulting Services

Woodstock Institute offers many consulting services and has deep and broad experience working with vast and varied data sets. Unique and customized data reports can be produced for the Chicago area, other regions, or nationally. Data is the foundation of Woodstock research and analysis. Woodstock also offers assistance with crafting testimony, making presentations, and training. 

2019 National Community Reinvestment Coalition

In March of 2019, Woodstock Institute was joined by public advocates, community organizers, and policy makers in Washington DC. One of the major themes at the NCRC was to improve the Community Reinvestment Act, the civil rights law that outlines and maintains the rights of low and moderate income borrowers.  

Spotting Patterns and Finding Solutions

Woodstock Institute has helped to highlight and elucidate emerging patterns affecting struggling Americans. Some examples include: 

  • Check-cashing unfairness led to the Check Cashing Fairness Act passed in 2018 which provides more consumer benefits and limits predatory interest rates; 
  • Stopping abusive medical-debt collection practices; and
  • Disparity in small business lending in Illinois

Buying, Selling, Leasing Can Help Support the Woodstock Institute

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about addressing economic disparities can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for the Woodstock Institute. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding, which has a significant impact on Woodstock Institute’s ability to work toward financial-system reform for the people and communities who need it most. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Community Development, Social Justice

Budget: $500k - $1 million

Total IIC Funding:

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Woodstock Institute is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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