Benevity examined three years of workplace giving data to see whether the social issues everyone is talking about are the same issues people are taking action on. While the data shows that these topics make up less than 10% of overall giving, they also represent the largest spikes in giving immediately following politically charged events.
by Benjamin Bailey, CFA, Praxis Mutual Funds & Everence Financial
Praxis Mutual Fund shareholders expect us to invest with their values in mind. The Praxis Impact Bond Fund turned 25 this year and through the first half of the fund’s tenure we diligently focused on screening out holdings contrary to those shared values. In 2006, our eyes were opened by a public bond offering that showed us what positive impact bonds (those bonds that make a positive impact on the climate and/or communities) could do.
Last week, a few of my colleagues and I had the pleasure of attending Change Philanthropy’s Unity Summit, a biennial gathering that now brings together more than 1,000 Philanthrofolk—philanthropic equity activists and allies—from across the country.
According to US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Socially Responsible Investing (“SRI”) has reached the $12 trillion asset mark. Unfortunately, the vast majority — 97 percent, to be precise — comprises investments in the traditional capital markets in which decisions are made using Environmental, Social, or Governance (“ESG”) criteria. While I applaud people adding ESG screens to their portfolio, it is imperative that we find ways to support direct, community-level investments.
by Teri Lovelace, President, LOCUS Impact Investing
Place-based impact investing is sparking community development projects that create more just, equitable local economies, and build prosperous, vibrant communities. Place-focused foundations, like community foundations and family foundations are exploring ways to complement their traditional grant-making with local investments that can catalyze positive community change.
by Kristin Hull, PhD Founder and CEO, Nia Impact Advisors
As an impact investor, a financial change agent and entrepreneur, my money story centers around aligning assets with values. At Nia Impact Advisors, we move investment dollars into the companies that matter—those working to create the world in which we want to live. I come by this work having grown up immersed in the belly of our financial markets.
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