We are Urbanists
"We view the underserved, not as burdensome mouths to feed, but as future innovators and
We Change Communities, Change Lives and Create Opportunities
Zenviba Venturata Fund Inc. is a pioneer in social transformation with disruptive technologies in the most disadvantaged communities left behind by globalization. The Fund was one of the first to organize as a Benefit Corporation in Florida in 2014. Our unique Fourth Sector business model is a public-private-philanthropic partnership acting collectively as a Social Venture Intermediary, operating for-profit and non-profit subsidiaries to accomplish social missions whose benefits will inure to communities for years to come. This is particularly critical as federal, state and local governments have cut social program funding.
Economic Community Craft
The word Venturata means everyone receiving their pro-rata equity share of the benefits of new economic development ventures. We seek to end gentrification before it starts by engaging at risk communities pre-gentrification. Unfortunately, the vast majority of gentrification has all of the same easily identifiable hallmarks. We seek to reverse disinvestment and devaluation caused by redlining and code violations. We support property owners and stakeholders, while educating elected officials and municipal staff on the long-term benefits of preserving historic communities of color.
We seek justice, equity and opportunity for all, and take a holistic approach to community craft that addresses the total needs of each region. We maintain that when thoughtfully executed, urban renewal can create engines for sustainable economic development and diversification; foster innovation, job creation and workforce development to address skill gaps and environmental stewardship; eliminate slum and blight, gentrification, food deserts, structural inequalities and artificial barriers; and improve quality of life and socio-economic conditions and community asset management.
We provide equity, bridge and gap financing for projects that diligently preserve and restore historical structures, as well as insight and expertise on creative adaptive re-uses that add a new dimension. We provide capacity building equity capital to minority-owned privately-held technology and manufacturing companies with highly disruptive ideas that will challenge the established leaders in those spaces. Helping to build capacity in these overlooked companies with innovative ideas and great growth prospects will also generate thousands of new high paying jobs within our underserved communities.
As income inequality has reached record disparities, demands for new services have risen, community health facilities are facing low reimbursements from federal and state payers resulting in poor care or closures, and lack of highspeed broadband internet access has widened the digital divide. To help meet these and other challenges, we launched the first of their kind Justice Bonds in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment in 2015. Justice Bonds provide desperately needed and innovative low-cost financing for essential social services and infrastructure projects.
Indigenous Dawn Initiative
Sovereignty is the right to self-determination and controlling one's own destiny. Anything short of that is subordination. Citizens of all nations deserve the right to choose their own path and govern as they collectively see fit without the undue control or influence of others. Zenviba is actively seeking engagement to help the First Nation of North America collaborate to build and diversify their economies, produce their own food and energy, care for, educate and train their citizens, safeguard their lands from pollution and become truly self-sufficient sovereign states, thus giving birth to a new day in the First Nations.
We are Multipliers of Prosperity
Zenviba believes that it takes a village to raise a child and thriving communities to build a prosperous nation. Our Venturata Fund builds partnerships with Foundations, Philanthropists, Entrepreneurs, Developers, Municipalities, Community Reinvestment Agencies (CRA), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), Community Development Corporations (CDC) and First Nations. Collaborating with the Fund enables entities to leverage their public-sector funding with foundation Program Related Investments (PRI), Mission Related Investments (MRI) and private equity capital so that no project is too large or complex.
Return on Investment
We create superior Fourth Sector public-private-philanthropic partnerships that meet IRS criteria for PRI’s and MRI’s and we seek virtuous catalytic capital from philanthropists and foundations, who unfortunately, currently only fund 20% of their PRI goals, for a collective $43 billion annual distribution, due to a dearth of quality investment projects that don't jeopardize their charitable foundation status. Our scalable and replicable turn-key projects decrease investment risk and produce multiple bottom line outcomes. As we transform historically blighted areas into vibrant communities, we offer the following benefits to our social venture partners: