IIC can be an entirely new source of funding for your charitable organization.

Now you can raise new, unrestricted funding and promote your mission through everyday real estate transactions – at no cost to your charity or your supporters. IIC is a nonprofit and totally transparent social enterprise.

Here are just a few of the benefits to your charity:

  • Allow any of your corporate or individual supporters to generate funding for your organization- at no cost to them.
  • Setting up the process to receive funding from IIC is fast, free, and easy.
  • IIC helps promote your charity through social media.
  • There are no tax consequences for your individual or corporate supporters who use IIC.
  • This is a unique opportunity to receive unrestricted funding from an entirely new source.
  • Your charity does not pay Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on IIC funding.
  • Earn revenue even when your charity isn’t selected. Learn more.


Waters Today

RECEIVED: $1,766


DETAILS: When Heather Hofman got a new job in Washington D.C., she needed a real estate broker for her home sale in Boise, Idaho. Heather used IIC to find her broker and by doing so, generated $1,766 for Waters Elementary, at no cost to her.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

RECEIVED: $25,000


DETAILS: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law chose a broker through IIC. As a result of their new office lease, they were able to generate $25,000 of unrestricted funds for their own mission.

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

RECEIVED: $6,905


DETAILS: As the result of an office lease renewal in the Central Loop, Eckhart Kolak selected Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Maine, to receive $6,905 through Investing In Communities.



Here are just a few of our Charities

A Home Within

A Home Within is a national organization that provides pro bono mental health services to current and former foster youth. We achieve this by building networks of volunteer mental health professionals who provide direct, pro bono services and professional training. Our work also promotes public awareness and advocates for the emotional needs of foster youth.

Community Shares of Illinois

Community Shares of Illinois represents a diverse group of charities with a common mission, to make our world a better place. Whatever your passion - women's issues, protecting children, helping animals, preserving the environment, promoting health care or curbing poverty and disease - Community Shares members provide options for you to help make positive change in your own community.

Music For Kids

Music For Kids, NFP, aims to provide instrumental music education to children and specifically targets children in the Chicago Public Schools who do not have access to similar educational opportunities.

My Darling Theo Foundation

1. Provide resources to low income pets and their guardians. By assisting in the provision of pet food, pet supplies, pet taxi service, veterinary care, and animal welfare education to guardians of low income pets with the aim of improving the health and welfare of animals, in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2. Establish a national support network of Foster Pet Parents for animal & family shelters. By collaborating with community organizations to recruit and train individuals interested in fostering special needs animals until they are ready for adoption and returned to the shelter or until they can be returned to their owners who may be living in temporary housing or, who may be, incapacitated. 3. Educate the general public about the perennial problem of violence abuse and neglect. By sharing lessons learned, news, volunteer opportunities, community outreach events that engage, influence and challenge people to learn more and be effective advocates for pets (and their guardians).

Essential Partners

Essential Partners's mission is to foster constructive conversation where conflicts are driven by differences in identity, beliefs, and worldview. EP equips individuals and communities with skills for relationship that keep us connected while honoring our differences. We design courageous conversations on the issues that matter most, and yet many people feel ill-equipped to engage. We train facilitators and leaders to apply our model across a range of challenges and settings. We work with our partners in their contexts - a college campus, faith community, or civic group - to build communities that find strength, richness, and new possibilities in their differences.

Childrens Dance Foundation

To provide comprehensive dance education for all, enriching the spirit, enlivening the imagination, and celebrating community.


Art21 introduces broad public audiences to today's visual artists through the production of films, books, Web-based resources and education programs. Over the past 10 years, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent resource on contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning PBS primetime television series Art:21ÑArt in the Twenty-First Century. Art21's straightforward approach of presenting artists at work and in their own words revolutionized the presentation of art on television; its current programs aim to pioneer new perspectives on contemporary art and artists via innovative broadcast, Web, and live programming.

Art21's programs are designed spark discussion, inspire creativity, and educate:

1) A new generation about contemporary art and art making;

2) teachers about how to engage students with the art of their time; and

3) the public at large about the life of the artistic mind.

Art21's accomplishments include:

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New York Mortgage Coalition

The New York Mortgage Coalition is a unique collaboration of nonprofit housing agencies and major lenders working together to help low and moderate income families become first-time homeowners. Our mission also embraces neighborhood stabilization through foreclosure prevention counseling along with the rehab and resale of REO properties in New York City.

HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One (HC One), formerly Chicago Health Connection, is a nationally recognized nonprofit training and technical assistance agency that uses innovative, community-based approaches to support direct-service providers in promoting the health of mothers, infants, and families.The organization trains community health workers, develops community-based initiatives, and mobilizes diverse stakeholders to build for policies and programs that improve maternal and child health.Since 1986, HC One has trained thousands of parents, community health workers and direct service providers to promote breastfeeding, provide pregnancy and birthing support, and prevent infant mortality, with significant documented results.In addition, HC One assists organizations in developing and implementing innovative, research-based initiatives that directly impact health disparities, including breastfeeding peer counselor and community-based doula programs.

The My Hero Project

The mission of The My Hero Project, Inc. is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world.

The Time Is Now to Help

I have devoted myself to helping those in need. I grew up and out of moments of poverty through perseverance and hard work. Because I have personally experienced what it is like to be in need, I made a vow to God long ago to diligently work to help those who are extremely poverty stricken-focusing on children, elderly, the handicapped, those that cannot fend for themselves. I also help families, widows, single moms, good people who have fallen on hard times. For the past 28 years, I have helped an average of 500 extremely poverty-stricken and good fellow creations per year. We provide food. We have provided thousands of blankets, hundreds of heaters, and thousands of coats, shoes, gloves, and hats. We have provided tens of thousands of diapers and toiletries. We offer housing, rental and utility assistance. We also offer automobile assistance to ensure people have transportation for work and health care.

Common Pantry

The Common Pantry is devoted to providing food and personal care items to qualifying individuals and families in our service area. The Common Pantry offers qualifying clients monthly allotments of groceries, produce, canned goods, frozen foods and personal hygiene items at no cost.

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This is a question for your accountant. We have been advised as follows: There is actually a three part test: (1) the activity constitute a “trade or business”; (2) the activity be “regularly carried on”; and (3) that the activity not be ”substantially related” to an exempt function of the organization. So even if you do need to pay UBIT, your organization would likely still net over $1,000 on the sale of a $300,000 home.

We’ve set up a tracking system that enables Charity ABC to get 5% of the referral fee when a supporter of ABC chooses XYZ to get 70% of the referral fee. For a $300,000 home sale, Charity ABC would get $93.

Charities with loyal supporters are in a great position. Charities with large numbers of supporters can also do well, even if some of their supporters choose a different charity.

If your organization has a “give or get” policy for board members, you could offer to count IIC transactions that either they (or people they’ve referred!) use IIC to find a broker and pick your organization. Our broker referral request form asks how you heard about IIC and there’s a place for name and email address so we can credit people with resulting transactions. Pretty nifty!

It only takes a 3-5 minutes to complete an application. It can take up to 5 days to approve the application, but typically it’s 1 or 2. Then, it’s just a matter of getting the word out to your board, employees, and supporters – and periodically reminding them. Once you get your first success story, you’ll have an even more compelling story to tell!

IIC subtracts $50 from the first check you receive each each year, to help offset our administrative costs. If you don’t get a check, there is no fee. And after your first check each year, there are no fees.

Perhaps, your organization has all the funding it needs to meet its mission? Honestly, the only reason we can think of is that you’re too busy writing grant applications or planning annual campaigns. Signing up is easier than any grant application and having just one supporter a year use IIC to buy or sell a $300,000 home would net your organization $1,320. And, you won’t have to write a grant report!