Impact Investing

The Council is participating in the conversation about unlocking new capital for social good. For decades, some foundations have made impact investments that intend to generate financial and social returns to complement grants, partnerships, advocacy, and other tools in the philanthropic toolbox. Increasingly, individuals, foundations, and other institutions are interested in making impact investments that break down the barriers between social and economic value creation.

What is impact investing?

We define impact investing as any investment activity that intends to generate positive social and financial returns. Whether called impact investing, mission investing, social investing, social-impact investing, mission-related investing, program-related investing, or sustainable and responsible investing, the practice focuses on activating new financial resources to solve social and environmental problems.

Visit our Getting Started Resources to learn more about the basics of impact investing.

How is the Council involved?

The Council is working to help our members fulfill their missions by taking part in conversations among foundations and investors about impact investing. As a connector, the Council is:


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