About Hope Community Capital

Hope Community Capital raises capital and provides development advisory services to accelerate the work of organizations whose mission it is to expand economic opportunity for underserved people and communities. We are experts in the intricate process of accessing, structuring, and closing financial capital for high-impact community development projects.


Since 2016 Hope Community Capital has assisted clients to access, structure, and close diverse sources of capital needed to facilitate successful community development projects.


Connecting clients to diverse and flexible sources of funding including New Markets Tax Credits, Housing Tax Credits, institutional and venture capital investors, and public and private grant sources.

  • Capital raise and closing services
  • Structure complex financing
  • Evaluate various capitalization scenarios
  • Develop project budgets
  • Build multi-year operating projections for long-term financial sustainability
  • Guide project owner in all aspects of decision-making process related to financing terms and conditions
  • Assist with loan reporting and compliance


Hope Community Capital works with the project Owner to manage all development activities associated with the design, entitlements and construction phases of affordable housing and community facility projects.

  • Comprehensive project management
  • Site selection and management of site due diligence
  • Project budget and schedule
  • Create development proforma
  • Financial underwriting and coordination with investors
  • Evaluate building program and potential for sustainability features
  • Team selection (design, GC, and development team)
  • Entitlement and permit coordination
  • Facilitate and engage project stakeholders in business, foundations, nonprofits, community leadership and all levels of government

New Markets Tax Credits

Working alongside CDFIs, Community Development Entities, Developers, and Project Sponsors, Hope Community Capital advises on the sourcing, structuring, and closing of New Markets Tax Credits.

  • Identify and secure commitments of allocation
  • Identify and secure innovative sources of debt finance (leverage debt)
  • Bring diverse funding partners together in the NMTC structure
  • Provide diligence for Project Sponsors as they evaluate finance sources
  • Structure, negotiate, and close transactions which include NMTC
  • Assist Project Sponsors in understanding their compliance requirements

Community Development Financial Institutions

Supporting CDFIs to scale impact in underserved communities.

  • CDFI Fund Award Application Assistance for the Financial Assistance Award, the Capital Magnet Fund and New Markets Tax Credits
  • Facilitate strategic planning
  • Develop compliance programs
  • Assist community development finance organizations to obtain CDFI certification
  • Develop community impact tracking programs
  • Assist CDFIs in developing new products, policies, and partnerships



Carrie Sanders, Founder & CEO

Since 2006, Carrie has been working to build sustainable, equitable and thriving communities through her work with nonprofits, state and local governments, and the private sector. 

Carrie’s experience includes deploying and structuring New Market Tax Credit allocations for projects in Wisconsin and nationally both as an independent consultant and while working in-house with the City of Kansas City, the financial services firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and Forward Community Investments.

Carrie is passionate about bringing together diverse stakeholders with flexible sources of capital enabling innovative and sustainable projects to succeed.  Her expertise has allowed her to develop financial solutions for diverse development projects such as affordable housing, new community facilities such as clinics, schools, public spaces, locally-based businesses, and mixed-use preservation projects.