News and Insights

Canopy Launches The Map: Data Visualization of Our Investment Ecosystem

03/29/2016

Sarah Mahlab, Canopy | As an organization focused on place, it seemed natural for Canopy to build a map for the benefit of regional communities. Over the past six months, we have collected data on regional stakeholders and capital flows to build an investment map for the Pacific Northwest. "The Map" is unique in that it allows users to overlay three distinct layers — stakeholders, capital flows and demographics — and adjust transparency on these layers to better understand how they relate to one another. more »

Pay for Success Opportunities: Call for Proposals

01/06/2016

Pay for Success (PFS) is a form of government contracting in which third-party investors, including foundations, commit to paying the upfront costs for providing evidence-based social services; government agencies repay investors with a modest return if the program achieves the agreed-upon outcomes. For other funders interested in exploring this emerging model of impact investing, Philanthropy Northwest has learned of three new opportunities through the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund and the University of Utah’s Policy Innovation Lab. more »

Capital, Communities and Connectivity

11/20/2015

Craig Muska, Canopy | They say every place is unique, a complex melting pot of people, beliefs, history and politics. I’ve been thinking a lot about this “uniqueness” in recent weeks, especially given that earlier this year I launched Canopy, a new place-based investment collaborative. Today, nearly 30 Pacific Northwest leaders will convene in Roseburg, Oregon at The Ford Family Foundation headquarters for an experiential learning session focused on the rural economic development ecosystem, and how we all might help drive capital to our communities that need it most. I would invite you to tune in to the posts that follow as this work develops to watch what we hope will be a beautiful knitting together of our region. more »

Impact Investing: Three Takeaways from Dept. of Labor ERISA News

11/02/2015

David Wood, Initiative for Responsible Investment | On October 22, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it was withdrawing a guidance memo from 2008 for ERISA plans on Economically Targeted Investments (ETIs), reverting instead to previous guidance issued in 1994. This move had been long sought by responsible investors, who shared the DOL’s concern that the 2008 guidance “unduly discouraged fiduciaries from considering ETIs and ESG factors” when making their investment decisions. This is big news. Here are three things I took from the announcement: more »

Canopy's First Six Months: Building the Northwest's Place-Based Investing Infrastructure

10/05/2015

Lauren Sato, Canopy | Six months ago, Canopy launched in the Pacific Northwest with a grand vision to build the infrastructure necessary to create a thriving ecosystem for place-based impact investing. Half a year later, our commitment to this vision has led to many exciting changes. Based on interest and feedback from the field, Canopy has evolved from its early work of conducting field-building research to include robust technical infrastructure building and educational programming, all aimed at creating equitable prosperity in our region — from northern California to Alaska, from the Pacific Ocean to Wyoming — and ultimately across the United States. more »