Steven Godeke

Founder, Godeke Consulting

Through his consulting, writing, and teaching, Steven has worked at the intersection of investment and mission since 2001. His practice
helps families and foundations create impact investing strategies and connects them with the right partners and resources. His clients have included the Rockefeller Foundation, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Voqal, Heron Foundation, KL Felicitas Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The World Economic Forum, American Jewish World Service, and Principles of Responsible Investment as well as investment management firms such as PGIM, Deutsche Bank, and Domini Impact Investments. Steven speaks at industry, philanthropic, and academic gatherings such as Responsible Investor, Bloomberg, and Confluence Philanthropy.

Steven is currently adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he created and now teaches Investing for Environmental and Social Impact and Impact Investing in Family Offices. He has served on the board of the Jessie
Smith Noyes Foundation, a private family foundation that focuses on social justice and has a long history of aligning its investment and
mission goals. Steven served as board chair and led the Investment Committee at Noyes. Steven has been at the forefront of knowledge
building for the impact investing industry through several publications. He is the author of Building a Healthy and Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape; Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation; and Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission-Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Steven worked in corporate and project finance at Deutsche Bank, where he structured debt and equity
products and advised corporate clients in the natural resources, telecommunications, media, and real estate industries. Steven grew up
on a family farm in Southern Indiana and attended Purdue University, where he received a BS in Management and a BA in German. He
studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne and earned an MPA from Harvard University.

Contributions

Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners

Posted on August 31, 2020 by Patrick Briaud, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Steven Godeke

The Handbook comes at a pivotal moment. In the midst of urgent social, economic and environmental challenges including COVID-19, a rapidly changing climate, growing economic inequity, and broader realization of systemic impacts of racism, more investors are seeking to better understand the positive and negative consequences of how they deploy capital. There is a growing realization among those who seek… Read More

Mission-Related Investing: a Guide for Foundation Trustees

Posted on March 7, 2008 by Doug Bauer, Steven Godeke

While a large body of work has evolved around concepts such as program-related investments, proxy voting and shareholder resolutions, socially responsible investing, double/triple bottom line investing, and blended value investing, few resources exist for private foundation trustees and staff who commit to adopt an MRI program and integrate it with the existing policies, processes and workflows of their organizations… Read More

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