There is a terrific workshop on mission and impact investing happening on Sunday, Oct. 2, between 1:00– 4:00 p.m. at the Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre. It is part of the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada (PFC) national conference and the workshop is open to anyone interested in MRI, impact investing and social finance.
Mission-related and impact investing is a growing trend referring to the practice of aligning foundation investment strategies with their mission. In this workshop, we’ll provide the context for the increasing interest in mission-related and impact investing, including the recent recommendation of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance that foundations invest 10% of their assets in impact and mission-related investments by 2020.
We’re bringing a stellar line-up of Canadian and U.S. leaders in mission-related and impact investing right to your doorstep including:
Community Foundations of Canada, together with Philanthropic Foundations Canada, has just released a report, The State of Community/Mission Investment of Canadian Foundations by Coro Strandberg, one of Canada’s true experts in this space.
It’s a good read, telling the stories of and drawing lessons from nine foundations across the country that are using their assets – not just their grants – to directly support economic development domestically and internationally – jobs for the hard-to-employ, affordable housing, conservation, sustainable venture capital, and non-profit capacity building.
Jed has been a proponent of what he calls blended value for years. It is looking at the return on investments as a blend of financial returns and social and/or environmental impact.
It’s not having three bottom lines. And it's less like a soup and more like a salad in which you can still taste the individual ingredients.