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Mission-related investment


The European landscape of mission investing

David Imbert and Ivo Knoepfel 19 November 2012

The 2nd European Foundations Meeting on Mission Investing (held 7 November in Zurich, hosted by the EFC, Mistra, SwissFoundations and onValues) is indicative of a growing trend among European foundations to take mission investing seriously …

Investors’ Perspectives – Matching investments with mission

Ise Bosch 1 September 2010

A ‘unified investment strategy’ aligns a fund’s grantmaking programmes and financial investments with its mission to increase its social impact. How does this work for a medium-sized, private funding organization with a mission that is …

Investors’ perspectives – Connecting mission and investment policy

Boudewijn de Blij 1 March 2010

In March 2007, a Dutch TV programme revealed that the Dutch Cancer Foundation had some of its capital invested in cigarette companies and that quite a few pension funds were invested in companies manufacturing landmines …

SASIX offers new opportunities for South African investors

Alliance magazine 1 March 2009

In response to the pressures faced by people and organizations in the developing world, SASIX, GreaterGood South Africa’s Social Investment Exchange, has created a new investment product that offers market-related financial returns on high-impact social …

Symposium urges increase in ‘green’ investments

Alliance magazine 1 March 2009

Despite the market turmoil, there is still over $500 billion in the endowments of US private foundations. In a time of constrained finances, it is important for foundations to leverage resources to achieve what they …

‘First loss’ programme to help NPOs obtain debt finance

Alliance magazine 1 February 2009 For Subscribers

The Lemelson Foundation has introduced a programme to encourage socially minded investors to provide debt financing to non-profits. First Loss Capital injects a ‘cash cushion’ into a financing deal. Under the programme, Lemelson lends money …

CAP to focus on uses of MRI and PRI for non-profit finances

Alliance magazine 1 February 2009 For Subscribers

A new body, the Center for Applied Philanthropy (CAP), has been launched under the auspices of The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) in Boston with the aim of increasing the opportunities for NPOs to access funding for …

Social Capital Markets Conference

Lucy Bernholz 1 December 2008 For Subscribers

Event Social Capital Markets Conference Date 13-15 October Venue San Francisco, USA The first Social Capital Markets Conference brought together more than 600 social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, social investors and foundation executives from several countries …

Italian foundations launch own asset management company

Alliance magazine 1 December 2008

Three Italian foundations have set up their own asset management company tailor-made in order to ‘build an investment platform which fully understands foundations’. Ninety per cent of what we do is for foundations, explains Luca …

Effect looks at impacts of financial crisis on foundations

Alliance magazine 1 December 2008

The forthcoming issue of Effect magazine presents a series of articles looking at the issue of investment from different angles. The relevance of this theme could not be greater at a time when many foundations …