At the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in San Francisco, there was enormous interest in how foundations can lead together by aligning all of their assets with their missions.
As needs in our communities grow faster than dollars, the Council is joining the conversation about unlocking new capital for social good. For decades, 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.
What is impact investing?
We define impact investing as any investment activity that intends to generate positive social and financial returns.
How is the Council involved?
In 2013, the Council is joining the impact investing conversation happening among foundations and other types of investors. As a connector, the Council is:
- Listening to our members and making connections.
- Organizing provocative conversations among foundations and other partners.
- Aggregating resources to demystify the process.
- Building relationships with thought leaders and intermediaries
- Hosting an ongoing blog series on RE: Philanthropy.
How can you get involved?
This flow chart was designed by the Community Foundation of Louisville to describe the process of evaluating, processing, and making impact investments in their community.
While attending the Council on Foundations annual meeting in San Francisco last week, I learned about exciting new trends in philanthropy. The theme that really stood out was the graying lines of business, investing, and philanthropy.
Helpful article published by Adler & Colvin summarizing the key differences between Mission-Related and Program-Related Investments for Private Foundations.
This guide, published by Confluence Philanthropy, focuses on how a foundation can leverage its assets in service of its mission by investing cash locally through community-based financing.
One of the simplest steps a foundation can take to leverage its assets in service of its mission is to invest cash locally through community-based financing. Community banking increases access to capital for low-income borrowers and businesses.
This learning forum, co-hosted by the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, the Council on Foundations, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will bring together a select group of staff and trustees from family and private foundations, family offices, comm
Council on Foundations Q&A with Ann Sewill, Vice President of Housing & Economic Development, California Community Foundation
The Council on Foundations is excited to partner with Village Capital, an organization that supports entrepreneurs seeking a positive benefit to society, on "Education Impact Day", a day-long series of events in Washington, DC on April 1.