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

Illinois Maternal and Child Health

Since 1988, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition has been fighting to improve the health of all women, babies, young people and families in Illinois. As an organization, we bridge the gap between policy makers and those affected by their decisions. Through education, we empower people to make healthy choices that strengthen families and communities.

Urban Sustain

Urban Sustain's mission is to transform the lives of youth by raising social consciousness through education and leadership development on environmental health concerns in violence plagued-communities. Urban Sustain has developed three outreach programs to help sway urban youth to value their environment: the Exposure 101 program, designed to give the next generation the tools to care and spend more time in a healthy indoor or outdoor urban environment; the Art of Interviewing, a program designed to aid employment-eligible students to secure jobs; and Translations, a partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment - Hire The Future program, focused on identifying the skill sets necessary to communicatewith employers and find success in the workplace. Urban Sustain is also dedicated to providing quality programming for youth to guide them to conserve, manage, monitor, advocate and educate others about unknown environmental hazards in their community.

Good Samaritan Ministries

Lasting change happens when we empower people to work their way out of poverty. At Good Samaritan Ministries, we operate a variety of programs that further our mission to end poverty and homelessness in our community.

Designs for Dignity

Designs for Dignity believes that the built environment can have a transformative impact on the experience of those seeking support. Often, those who could benefit the most from good design have the least access to it. Our Mission is to engage the design community and all of its resources to respond to this need.


Styleta is a rapidly expanding nonprofit organization that uses fashion to nurture the next generation of young social entrepreneurs. Styleta creates sponsored student organizations on campuses nationwide that allow students to take on leadership positions and gain hands-on experience in the world of business, while bettering their community. We work to achieve this goal through our efforts to raise both monetary and fashion donations for other nonprofit organizations in our community that provide stylish clothing alternatives to disadvantaged citizens. As a further defined goal, by the year 2020, Styleta hopes to actively impact the lives of at least 100,000 students nationwide by expanding their knowledge of the business world and encouraging confidence in their own ideas, and by providing a safe environment in which they can develop the skills they will need to achieve their personal career goals.

Literacy DuPage

Our mission is to provide accessible and customized tutoring in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English to help adults achieve independence. Established in 1972, Literacy DuPage, formerly known as Literacy Volunteers of DuPage, is a nonprofit, community-based organization. The organization serves over 30 communities in DuPage County. Literacy DuPage trains volunteer tutors to provide customized,learner-centered English language instruction. Tutoring occurs in one-on-one or small group settings at a mutually convenient time and location for both tutors and students. Materials and techniques are provided to allow the tutor to guide the learner towardachievement of personal goals. Tutors incorporate everyday materials such as a newspaper, map, or job application into their lessons.

Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford

Golden Apple Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization that celebrates, inspires and supports educational excellence in Winnebago and Boone Counties of Illinois.


Investours is pioneering a new concept in tourism: microfinance tours. Travelers like you visit and invest in the business ideas of entrepreneurs in poor communities in the developing world. All tour fees go towards funding an interest-free loan for the entrepreneurs that you select. We currently operate programs in Mexico and Tanzania. Sounds interesting?

Illinois Legal Aid Online

To increase access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents through the innovative use of technology to assist and educate the public and to train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys.

International Organization for Adolescents IOFA

The Vision: IOFA envisions a world where adolescents and youth are able to exercise their human rights and to realize their full potential as positive and productive members of society without fear of exploitation, violence, or neglect. The Mission: To improve the lives of young people by addressing critical and emerging issues affecting vulnerable adolescents around the world.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Today, the NMMA stands out as one of the most prominent first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture in the United States. We are home to one of the country's largest Mexican art collections, including more than 7,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present. As the only Latino museum accredited by American Association of Museums, we recognize our unique responsibility to present exhibitions of artistic and cultural value and to deliver high-quality education that demonstrates the breadth and depth of Mexican art, culture and history.

Youth Communication Chicago

Youth Must Be Heard And Understood. We have been working to give youth a voice via the publishing of the teen paper "New Expression."

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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!

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