News and Insights

Donors in the Driver's Seat: Mission Investing With The Seattle Foundation

04/06/2015

Allison Parker, The Seattle Foundation | The Seattle Foundation has been involved with mission investing since 2004. Together, foundation-directed impact investments, made from our discretionary funds and donor-recommended investments, made from DAFs, currently total $7.2 million, with 23 open transactions representing 22 different funds. Here's some of what we've learned along the way. more »

Financing Innovation for Prevention Services in Washington State

04/03/2015

by Melanie Maltry, Washington Department of Early Learning | Despite its rapid growth, fewer than 15 percent of eligible families in Washington are currently able to access home visiting services. The Department of Early Learning, Thrive Washington and the state’s many other home visiting stakeholders are eager to expand these life-changing services to more families — and are exploring an innovative new financing mechanism, Pay for Success, to do so. more »

Uncommon Partnerships for Common Good

02/13/2015

by Nicole Trimble, Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice | As the child of a city manager, I grew up with dinner table conversations that often included such scintillating subjects as “municipal bonds as a method to invest private capital in our shared physical infrastructure.” So it is with geeky interest in public financing that I've been following “Pay For Success,” a new method of investing private capital for social good. more »

Next Steps in Mission Investing

02/09/2015

Melanie Audette, deputy director, Mission Investors Exchange | Because the social and environmental issues we face today are too big for any one sector to tackle alone, it is urgent for impact investors to work together. During a recent discussion at the Ford Foundation’s offices in New York, a group of foundation leaders, private sector investors and others took stock of the field and committed to more collective action around impact investing. more »

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