Impact Investment

Anchor Institutions

Responsible Endowments Coalition

By educating and empowering individuals on college campuses, the Responsible Endowments Coalition strives to make socially responsible investment the norm at universities. Founded in 2004 by student activists from five colleges and universities, the Coalition expanded to more than 40 schools with combined endowments of more than 102 billion dollars within a few months. To date, the Coalition is working with more than 100 institutions, each campus with its own Committee of Investor Responsibility that oversees the social and environmental impact of that institution's endowment. Read more about Responsible Endowments Coalition...

Impact Investing

As You Sow

As You Sow was founded in 1992 and now comprises two programs that strive to increase corporate accountability. The Environmental Enforcement Program seeks to reduce and remove carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. In 1997, As You Sow launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) to use shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze positive change within public held companies. Read more about As You Sow...

Business for Social Responsibility

Business for Social Responsibility, founded in 1992, is an association of companies that aim to reconcile their commercial and social responsibility goals. Members range from mid-size businesses such as Tom's of Maine to large Fortune 500 firms. Read more about Business for Social Responsibility...

Calvert Social Investment Foundation

The Calvert Social Investment Foundation (Calvert Foundation) works to end poverty through investment. It serves as a facility to place capital on softer terms to finance affordable homes, fund small and micro businesses, and make available essential community services. Calvert Foundation's broader objective is to create "community investment" as a new asset class in the financial services industry. Read more about Calvert Social Investment Foundation...

Ceres

Ceres is a national network of investment funds, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working to advance environmental stewardship on the part of business. For instance, in May 2005 at the United Nations, Ceres brought together representatives of U.S. and international pension funds representing $5 trillion in capital to address the profound investment risks and emerging business opportunities driven by climate change. Read more about Ceres...

Corporation 20/20

Organized by Business Ethics magazine and the Tellus Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit, Corporation 20/20 aims to move beyond calls for corporate social responsibility to develop new "rules of the game" in areas such as director duties, capitalization, liability, and accountability to make corporate social responsibility not just a good thing to do, but a requirement of doing business. Read more about Corporation 20/20...

Council of Institutional Investors

The Council of Institutional Investors is an organization comprised of large public, labor, and corporate pension funds. Founded in 1985, the Council today has over 140 pension fund members whose assets exceed $3 trillion, and more than 130 educational sustainers. Read more about Council of Institutional Investors...

Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF)

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) is a national nonprofit membership association dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of socially responsible investing. US SIF is made up of over 500 financial professionals and institutions. Its website offers a wide range of information, contacts, and resources on socially responsible investing. Read more about Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF)...

Green America

Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Green America has a membership base of over 50,000 consumer activists and 2,500 responsible businesses. Green America publishes the National Green Pages, hosts the Social Investment Forum, and promotes a variety of fair trade and socially responsible investing programs. Green America is working with the Calvert Foundation (also featured on the C-W site) on a campaign to direct a percentage of social investment fund assets to CDFIs. Read more about Green America...

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

For over thirty years the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of 275 faith-based institutional investors, has been a leader in the movement for corporate social responsibility. ICCR and its members pressure companies to be socially and environmentally responsible. Each year ICCR-member religious institutional investors sponsor over 200 shareholder resolutions on major social and environmental issues. The combined portfolio value of ICCR member organizations is estimated to be $100 billion. Read more about Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility...

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals.  The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing. Read more about Mission Investors Exchange...

Net Impact

Net Impact aims to support the growth of a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. With more than 200 student and professional chapters on 4 continents in 75 cities and over 120 graduate schools, a central office in San Francisco, and partnerships with leading for and nonprofit organizations, Net Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers, and communities. Read more about Net Impact...

Social Venture Network

Founded in 1987, Social Venture Network is a nonprofit network committed to building a just and sustainable world through business. Social Venture Network advocates for a “triple bottom line” of economic, social, and environmental returns and maintains a number of resource links on its website. Read more about Social Venture Network...

SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing

The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investment is a forum that brings together leaders in the socially responsible investment industry in the United States. First held in 1990, the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investment provides a venue to meet and learn from passionate, creative people from all corners of the social investment community. Read more about SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing...

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals.  The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing. Read more about Mission Investors Exchange...

Program Related Investments

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals.  The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing. Read more about Mission Investors Exchange...

Abell Foundation

Founded in 1953, the Abell Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life in Maryland, with a focus on Baltimore City.  With assets of more than $350 million, the foundation not only provides grants to achieve its mission, but also makes direct investments in companies that promote social objectives, create jobs, and are located in, or agree to relocate to, Baltimore City.  The foundation is especially interested in supporting early-stage companies that foster promising technologies.  In 2014, Abell’s assets included $8.9 million of investments in such companies. Read more about Abell Foundation...

Americans for Community Development

Americans for Community Development is a coalition that encourages the use of program related investments through low-profit, limited liability corporations (L3C) to achieve social goals. The group's efforts helped result in a 2008 Vermont law giving legal recognition to such companies. The Vermont law specifies that companies so designated must further the accomplishment of a charitable or educational purpose, and demonstrate that the company would not have been formed but for its relationship to such purposes. Read more about Americans for Community Development...

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Packard Foundation was the nation's leading provider of program-related investments in both 2002 and 2003. As of January 2005, the foundation had made a total of 119 PRIs with a combined value of $375.4 million. Read more about David and Lucile Packard Foundation...

F. B. Heron Foundation

The Heron Foundation focuses on promoting five wealth creation strategies: home ownership, business development, childcare, community development, and access to capital. As of December 2003, it had disbursed $15.5 million in program-related investments. Read more about F. B. Heron Foundation...

George Gund Foundation

This Cleveland-based foundation's first PRI was made in 1984 when $333,000 was lent to support the building of a 183 unit housing development in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. Since then, nearly 25 separate PRI transactions have been completed. Currently, the Foundation has over $8 million invested in 13 active transactions. Read more about George Gund Foundation...

Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of impact investing to tackle social challenges and generate a profit. GIIN’s programmatic strategy focuses on three key areas: Investors’ Council is a group of leading impact investors who broadcast research and best practices. Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) establish a common framework for measuring impact. Finally, outreach seeks to heighten standards, disseminate research, and increase transparency. Read more about Global Impact Investing Network...

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation has traditionally focused its PRI programs to provide capital for community development financial institutions. Since 1983, it has awarded approximately $350 million in program related investments. In 2003, while continuing this past support, MacArthur launched a new $50 million initiative designed to address the growing shortage of affordable rental housing by providing direct capital support to nonprofit leaders in affordable rental housing preservation. Read more about John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation...

Meyers Memorial Trust

This Oregon-based foundation has provided program-related investments since the late 1980s in a number of areas, including environmental protection, historic preservation, microenterprise, social enterprise, and affordable housing. Read more about Meyers Memorial Trust...

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals.  The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing. Read more about Mission Investors Exchange...

PRIMakers Network

This Seattle based foundation is a coalition of foundations and social investing organizations.  PRIMakers Network connects philanthropic groups, funders, and those new to program related investments through networking events, workshops, activity databases, and information sharing. Read more about PRIMakers Network...

Program Related Investments

Abell Foundation

Founded in 1953, the Abell Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life in Maryland, with a focus on Baltimore City.  With assets of more than $350 million, the foundation not only provides grants to achieve its mission, but also makes direct investments in companies that promote social objectives, create jobs, and are located in, or agree to relocate to, Baltimore City.  The foundation is especially interested in supporting early-stage companies that foster promising technologies.  In 2014, Abell’s assets included $8.9 million of investments in such companies. Read more about Abell Foundation...

Americans for Community Development

Americans for Community Development is a coalition that encourages the use of program related investments through low-profit, limited liability corporations (L3C) to achieve social goals. The group's efforts helped result in a 2008 Vermont law giving legal recognition to such companies. The Vermont law specifies that companies so designated must further the accomplishment of a charitable or educational purpose, and demonstrate that the company would not have been formed but for its relationship to such purposes. Read more about Americans for Community Development...

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Packard Foundation was the nation's leading provider of program-related investments in both 2002 and 2003. As of January 2005, the foundation had made a total of 119 PRIs with a combined value of $375.4 million. Read more about David and Lucile Packard Foundation...

F. B. Heron Foundation

The Heron Foundation focuses on promoting five wealth creation strategies: home ownership, business development, childcare, community development, and access to capital. As of December 2003, it had disbursed $15.5 million in program-related investments. Read more about F. B. Heron Foundation...

George Gund Foundation

This Cleveland-based foundation's first PRI was made in 1984 when $333,000 was lent to support the building of a 183 unit housing development in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. Since then, nearly 25 separate PRI transactions have been completed. Currently, the Foundation has over $8 million invested in 13 active transactions. Read more about George Gund Foundation...

Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of impact investing to tackle social challenges and generate a profit. GIIN’s programmatic strategy focuses on three key areas: Investors’ Council is a group of leading impact investors who broadcast research and best practices. Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) establish a common framework for measuring impact. Finally, outreach seeks to heighten standards, disseminate research, and increase transparency. Read more about Global Impact Investing Network...

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation has traditionally focused its PRI programs to provide capital for community development financial institutions. Since 1983, it has awarded approximately $350 million in program related investments. In 2003, while continuing this past support, MacArthur launched a new $50 million initiative designed to address the growing shortage of affordable rental housing by providing direct capital support to nonprofit leaders in affordable rental housing preservation. Read more about John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation...

Meyers Memorial Trust

This Oregon-based foundation has provided program-related investments since the late 1980s in a number of areas, including environmental protection, historic preservation, microenterprise, social enterprise, and affordable housing. Read more about Meyers Memorial Trust...

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals.  The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing. Read more about Mission Investors Exchange...

PRIMakers Network

This Seattle based foundation is a coalition of foundations and social investing organizations.  PRIMakers Network connects philanthropic groups, funders, and those new to program related investments through networking events, workshops, activity databases, and information sharing. Read more about PRIMakers Network...

Impact Investing

As You Sow

As You Sow was founded in 1992 and now comprises two programs that strive to increase corporate accountability. The Environmental Enforcement Program seeks to reduce and remove carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. In 1997, As You Sow launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) to use shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze positive change within public held companies. Read more about As You Sow...

Business for Social Responsibility

Business for Social Responsibility, founded in 1992, is an association of companies that aim to reconcile their commercial and social responsibility goals. Members range from mid-size businesses such as Tom's of Maine to large Fortune 500 firms. Read more about Business for Social Responsibility...

Calvert Social Investment Foundation

The Calvert Social Investment Foundation (Calvert Foundation) works to end poverty through investment. It serves as a facility to place capital on softer terms to finance affordable homes, fund small and micro businesses, and make available essential community services. Calvert Foundation's broader objective is to create "community investment" as a new asset class in the financial services industry. Read more about Calvert Social Investment Foundation...

Ceres

Ceres is a national network of investment funds, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working to advance environmental stewardship on the part of business. For instance, in May 2005 at the United Nations, Ceres brought together representatives of U.S. and international pension funds representing $5 trillion in capital to address the profound investment risks and emerging business opportunities driven by climate change. Read more about Ceres...

Corporation 20/20

Organized by Business Ethics magazine and the Tellus Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit, Corporation 20/20 aims to move beyond calls for corporate social responsibility to develop new "rules of the game" in areas such as director duties, capitalization, liability, and accountability to make corporate social responsibility not just a good thing to do, but a requirement of doing business. Read more about Corporation 20/20...

Council of Institutional Investors

The Council of Institutional Investors is an organization comprised of large public, labor, and corporate pension funds. Founded in 1985, the Council today has over 140 pension fund members whose assets exceed $3 trillion, and more than 130 educational sustainers. Read more about Council of Institutional Investors...

Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF)

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) is a national nonprofit membership association dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of socially responsible investing. US SIF is made up of over 500 financial professionals and institutions. Its website offers a wide range of information, contacts, and resources on socially responsible investing. Read more about Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF)...

Green America

Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Green America has a membership base of over 50,000 consumer activists and 2,500 responsible businesses. Green America publishes the National Green Pages, hosts the Social Investment Forum, and promotes a variety of fair trade and socially responsible investing programs. Green America is working with the Calvert Foundation (also featured on the C-W site) on a campaign to direct a percentage of social investment fund assets to CDFIs. Read more about Green America...

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

For over thirty years the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of 275 faith-based institutional investors, has been a leader in the movement for corporate social responsibility. ICCR and its members pressure companies to be socially and environmentally responsible. Each year ICCR-member religious institutional investors sponsor over 200 shareholder resolutions on major social and environmental issues. The combined portfolio value of ICCR member organizations is estimated to be $100 billion. Read more about Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility...

Mission Investors Exchange

Launched in May 2012, Mission Investors Exchange is the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More for Mission, along with more than 200 Foundations and mission investing organizations that use mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals.  The group offers a variety of tools, workshops, webinars, and a national conference for foundations interested in program related and missions related investing. Read more about Mission Investors Exchange...

Net Impact

Net Impact aims to support the growth of a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. With more than 200 student and professional chapters on 4 continents in 75 cities and over 120 graduate schools, a central office in San Francisco, and partnerships with leading for and nonprofit organizations, Net Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers, and communities. Read more about Net Impact...

Social Venture Network

Founded in 1987, Social Venture Network is a nonprofit network committed to building a just and sustainable world through business. Social Venture Network advocates for a “triple bottom line” of economic, social, and environmental returns and maintains a number of resource links on its website. Read more about Social Venture Network...

SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing

The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investment is a forum that brings together leaders in the socially responsible investment industry in the United States. First held in 1990, the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investment provides a venue to meet and learn from passionate, creative people from all corners of the social investment community. Read more about SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing...

Anchor Institutions

Responsible Endowments Coalition

By educating and empowering individuals on college campuses, the Responsible Endowments Coalition strives to make socially responsible investment the norm at universities. Founded in 2004 by student activists from five colleges and universities, the Coalition expanded to more than 40 schools with combined endowments of more than 102 billion dollars within a few months. To date, the Coalition is working with more than 100 institutions, each campus with its own Committee of Investor Responsibility that oversees the social and environmental impact of that institution's endowment. Read more about Responsible Endowments Coalition...