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Racial Equity Capital Fund

$164M+

Exelon donated more than $164M to organizations with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts over the past five years 





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$14M

In 2021, Exelon’s utilities spent more than $14M on workforce development.


$2.9B 

In 2021, Exelon spent $2.9B with diversity-certified suppliers.






$36M

Exelon and the Exelon Foundation created a $36M fund to support minority-owned businesses in the communities it serves





About the fund

Exelon launched a Racial Equity Capital Fund (RECF), in partnership with the Exelon Foundation, to expand access to capital to minority businesses so they can create more jobs, grow their companies, and reinvest in their neighborhoods and communities. The fund builds on Exelon’s longstanding history of supporting the underserved and under-resourced communities and further delivers on Exelon's commitment to drive economic equity and opportunity for Exelon's communities.

The capital fund is part of Exelon’s ongoing, extensive efforts to promote equity and economic opportunity in the diverse communities served by the six Exelon utilities, which include Atlantic City Electric (ACE), BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power (DPL), PECO and Pepco. Exelon and the Exelon Foundation have a rich history of supporting underserved and under-resourced communities.

Interested businesses can access the application and instructions are listed below.




Purpose of the RECF

The Racial Equity Capital Fund was created to strengthen communities and help minority businesses grow by:
  • Providing affordable capital to minority-owned businesses and businesses in underserved and under-resourced communities that may have had challenges accessing and securing funding.
  • Increasing minority business capacity and subsequent employment opportunities for diverse local communities.
  • Utilizing the expertise of the fund manager, RockCreek, a diverse-owned firm with > 75% diverse ownership and management team diversity – to make investment decisions.
  • Developing partnerships with minority community banks, other key local financial or community organizations. RockCreek will grow the capability of the capital fund to provide additional investment and lending opportunities.
The capital fund is expected to invest in numerous businesses throughout Exelon’s service areas over the next three years with estimated loan amounts between $100,000 and $300,000 and equity investments of nearly $1 million.

 

 


Fund Management

How the fund works
Exelon and the Exelon Foundation invested $36 million in a newly established Racial Equity Capital Fund, managed by RockCreek, a leading global investment firm, to support minority-owned businesses. As the fund manager, RockCreek is responsible for selecting the small minority businesses (e.g. $500k - $10M EBITDA) with debt investments up to $300K and equity investments up to$1M that are located in ACE, BGE, ComEd, DPL, PECO and Pepco territories.


Meet RockCreek
Founded in 2003, founder and CEO Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss built an investment-management firm that nurtures a dynamic, diverse team with a global perspective to generate innovative solutions for institutional investors.

RockCreek’s innovative team, manages more than $17 billion and has roots in leading investment, non-profit, academic, and technology firms, bringing a deep understand of global markets to investment decisions.

Investing across all asset classes, RockCreek believes that integrating inclusion and sustainability from the very beginning is the best way to generate long-term value.

RockCreek will manage the originations and underwriting decisions to determine who gets financial investments from the Racial Equity Capital Fund. RockCreek will evaluate potential fund co-investors that are aligned with the purpose of the fund.

 

Funding Criteria
Businesses in ACE, BGE, ComEd, DPL, PECO and Pepco territories will be evaluated primarily on their ability to grow minority business capacity and create jobs, as well as their ability to repay the investment.