New Island’s Communities program targets innovative models that promote local and virtual communities as lever points and laboratories for positive change.

Investment Criteria

We pursue debt and equity investments that help strengthen local economic, food, and energy systems, with a particular focus on local business and the rural landscape. We also target virtual communities (web platforms and crowdsourcing) that are changing the flow of resources, capital and ideas around sustainability issues.


New Island’s Communities program includes community-based alternative energy projects, green affordable housing, local banking systems, and a web-based community that promotes transparency and sustainability in consumer products.