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February 2019 | Philanthropy Northwest

Philanthropy Northwest and RBC Global Asset Management created an impact investing collaboration that supports homeownership, affordable housing and social impact initiatives across communities in the northwest and other designated areas across the U.S. This fact sheet describes the Local Impact Bond Project in more detail and answers FAQ.

Cover image for Local Impact Bond Project FAQ
July 2018 |

Risk is a huge and relevant topic for investors. Rosalie asks, "do we take it too far?" This post is part of a multi-part blog series about innovative foundations and financial advisors working to make impact investments in the (mostly) Pacific Northwest region.

March 2018 |

The first in a series of "Front Row Seat" vignettes on impact investing, I'm pleased to share how Northwest Area Foundation has cracked an important investing nut for foundations—finding market-rate investments in its rural, small-town service areas. They did it, and you can too. 

October 2017 |

Investing in a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is a powerful way to directly engage in the local economy and increase access to capital in minority, underserved communities. This guide was developed with the support of the Satterberg Foundation to help board and staff members in the philanthropic sector examine the basic processes of building a relationship with a CDFI and structuring investments in it.

September 2017 |

Philanthropy Northwest is exploring a bond fund that would give members an easy new way to make investments in the communities they care about. Modeled after a successful effort in Minnesota, we’re excited to explore this opportunity with our members. I’ll be hosting a lunch meeting during the annual conference where members can learn more and share ideas. 

February 2017 | The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest

One hundred million dollars.

That’s how much money Surdna Foundation has now allocated to impact investing, just in time for its 100th anniversary. It’s an exciting decision, and you can read all about the private foundation's decision-making process in Mapping the Journey to Impact Investinga new report researched and drafted by Jan Jaffe, senior partner of The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest's national consulting team.

February 2017 |

As Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project works at the intersection of food, finance, and philanthropy to transform the Pacific Northwest regional food system, we ask the question, “how good is good enough?” With regards to individual investment opportunities, does the investment meet a need expressed by the community? What ripple effects might the investment have? Social impact advisor Katherine Pease of KP Advisors asks this critical question of the impact investing field at large.