Knowledge Letter - September 2020 - Why Foundations Should Consider Impact Investing

Adding impact investing as a tool opens new horizons for social good
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September 30, 2020
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Knowledge Letter
Strategies for Social Impact

Beyond the Grant: Foundations as Impact Investors

By Sridhar Prasad, Ben Morley, Alex McCue, Naomi Eisenberg, and Roger Thompson

Philanthropy can become more effective by adopting an impact investing mindset that expands its horizons beyond grantmaking alone. Imagine what more foundations could achieve—from community development, to racial equity, to climate change mitigation—by supplying loans, loan guarantees, and equity investments for social good.

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Webinar: Beyond the Grant

A recent Foundation Source survey found that 88 percent of foundations are interested in impact investing—but few use any impact investing tools, and even fewer take advantage of the full range of impact investing options.

Explore how foundations of all sizes can use impact investing to better achieve social impact at an upcoming no-cost webinar hosted by The Bridgespan Group and The Kresge Foundation.

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the array of impact investing tools and how to evaluate which best suit their organization’s goals
  2. Hear practical advice on how to effectively harness impact investing
  3. Explore how impact investing can play a critical role in addressing structural racism
Date: Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET; 11:30 a.m. PT
Register Today >>
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