Welcome!

This year we are celebrating Croatan Institute’s 10 year anniversary. We deeply appreciate your support and partnership over the years. Over the past decade, Croatan has been working to transform finance through research and action to build ecological resilience and social equity.

To date, we are proud of

  • authoring +40 applied research publications,
  • supporting +110 projects nationally and internationally,
  • unlocking over $5 million in capital and project finance,
  • convening +30 in-person and online dialogues,
  • and collaborating with +200 sponsors, partners, and land stewards.

Browse our existing initiatives and featured reports, plus exciting new developments and ways to engage with our work. We look forward to continuing the journey towards flourishing economies and communities together with you!

Explore our work

BIPOC Leaders Advancing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (BLAISE)

  • Diversify the sustainable and impact investing industries
  • Match BIPOC high school students with partners for paid, 8-week summer internships

North Carolina Soil Wealth Areas

  • Coordinating financial and nonfinancial technical assistance to agricultural producers and value chain businesses
  • Organizing regional stakeholders to build stronger collaboration and decision-making in place

Financial Health Investment Project

  • Financial health coaching for households, entreprenuers, and farmers in communities of color
  • Workshops and webinars to connect place-based practitioners with technical assistance resources

Explore our research

Finance for Resilience: An Overview of Risk Mitigation in Agricultural Systems for Farms, Lenders, and Governments

This report explores major on-farm, off-farm, and systemic risks that the agricultural industry faces and how finance can increase the resilience of those systems while providing other benefits.

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Soil Wealth

Soil wealth encompasses the constellation of benefits that result when we build healthy soil and community wealth through regenerative and organic agriculture.

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Total Portfolio Activation Tools for Racial Equity Investing

To grow opportunities in black and brown communities, significant long-term investments are necessary.

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We understand not everyone is in a place to financially contribute - but there are still ways to make an impact!