News and Insights

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 »

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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