Impact Investing

Finding Our Place in the Regional Impact Investing Ecosystem

07/01/2015

Allison Parker, Seattle Foundation | Like Chambers Bay, our region's impact investing network is a complex course: alluring with breathtaking views, but filled with hidden bumps, tough climbs and other potential hazards. By mapping out this ecosystem, we see that our role is to build on our strengths as a community foundation: sharing place-based knowledge, building relationships and engaging donors. Here's what we learned while developing The Seattle Foundation's Impact Investing "2.0" program over an 18-month period. more »

Philanthropy is... Networks in Action. What We Heard at Local Matters: Montana

06/23/2015

Caitlin Copple, Montana Correspondent | Against the backdrop of Lone Mountain on a patio with a river rock fireplace, nearly 100 philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit staff and government leaders spent a day and a half talking, thinking and planning next steps to advance issues that matter most to Montanans. Here's what we learned at Local Matters: Montana in June. more »

Philanthropy is... Enterpreneurial: What We Heard at Local Matters: Idaho

06/02/2015

Jon Stahl, Communications Director | Last week we were thrilled to welcome a capacity crowd of 70+ philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, government officials, nonprofit leaders and academics to Boise, Idaho for the second event in our 2015 Local Matters series. Here's what we talked about. more »

Community-First Investing: A New Approach to Economic Disparity in the Pacific Northwest

05/04/2015

Lauren Sato, Canopy | We need to see sources of institutional capital connect with communities to bolster regions through a new generation of collaborative economics. There are many historical and deeply embedded barriers to this work, but what is encouraging is that there is a growing field of entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and public officials willing to take this challenge head-on. more »

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