Posts tagged to 'Impact investing and PRIs'

Mission Engagement with the “Other 95 Percent”

Posted by David Farren on February 9, 2017

With help from our advisors and grantees, we will continue to explore how we can maximize strategic deployment of the Foundation’s resources to support healthy ecosystems and sustainable, vibrant communities.

Making Sense of Impact Investing

Posted by Kate Simpson on December 12, 2016

You’ve seen the research: financial returns need not be sacrificed for environmental or social objectives. You recognize the possible benefit of using your foundation’s investment capital to ameliorate the same pressing social and environmental issues currently targeted by your grant strategy. You hear people in the mainstream financial services industry throwing around the term “impact investing,” but wonder how it might apply to your own foundation’s investment portfolio.

Family Foundations and Strategic Philanthropy: The Goradia Family's Process

Posted by Sapphira Goradia on October 21, 2016

Tasked with the responsibility of creating a strategic focus for the foundation, I realized that I had to take a step back and understand how my family’s values and beliefs informed their philanthropy.

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Signed the Divest Invest Pledge; Here's Why

Posted by Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation on October 10, 2016

Recognizing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-wealth people and communities of color in the United States and around the globe, we signed the Divest Invest pledge, a global movement calling for investors "to divest from the fossil fuel industries deepening the climate crisis and invest instead in climate solutions."

It’s Time for Grantmakers to Embrace Failure

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on October 5, 2016

Philanthropy often encourages grantees to take risks, to be innovative, to find new solutions to old problems. Indeed, many refer to philanthropy as “risk capital,” providing funding that can help society create innovative, new models for addressing the world’s most intractable social issues. But risk and innovation often bring an uncomfortable consequence: failure.

Confronting the 4 myths of impact investing

Posted by Jean Case on August 26, 2016

At the Case Foundation, we work hard at being active listeners in order to be better advocates for change. And as we continue efforts to take the impact investing movement into the mainstream, I want to review some of the myths and skeptical perceptions that we’re hearing, which may be posing barriers to taking impact investing to the next level.

PRIs: An underused funding tool for family foundations and social enterprises

Posted by Stacey Faella and Margaret Gifford on August 22, 2016

This underutilized tool has been gaining traction recently for social impact investors and entrepreneurs as a middle ground between charitable grants and for-profit investments that can provide low-cost capital to mission-driven companies while allowing foundations to stretch their limited dollars for maximum impact.

Generations Together: Tools for teaching the next generation to give

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 1, 2016

According to the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s recent 2015 Trends Study, nearly 3 in 5 U.S. family foundations engage younger family members in the foundation — and more than 40% say they expect to add to or increase the number of younger-generation family members on their boards in just the next four years. This is an encouraging trend — especially for those of us who believe that these important institutions can have a much greater impact if they can keep the family productively engaged in their work.

Q & A with Surdna Foundation Board Member John Hawkins on Impact Investing

Posted by John Hawkins on October 19, 2014

John Hawkins, a board member and great-grandson of Surdna’s founder John E. Andrus, discusses the evolution of the Surdna board’s thinking on impact investing. Hawkins describes the contours leading to the board’s eventual embrace of a PRI fund and the how the family’s values informed that decision.

What is mission investing and is it different from impact investing?

Posted by Mission Investors Exchange on October 17, 2014

Mission investments are made by foundations and other mission-based organizations to further their philanthropic goals. Mission investments (like impact investments) are intended and designed to generate both a measurable social or environmental benefit and a financial return.

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