Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $111 million in 104 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies. Learn more at www.acumen.org and on Twitter @Acumen
Ceniarth is a single-family office, and related private foundation, focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities. Ceniarth primarily engages in rural, marginalized regions in sectors such as agriculture, financial services, energy, and affordable housing. Ceniarth makes full use of its entire portfolio in these efforts and is active in making both mission-related and program-related investments.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. The Foundation works on the issues our founders cared about most, including improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth's natural systems.
NorthStar is a progressive wealth management firm founded in 1990 with a mission to provide the most integrative approach to portfolio management available today. Our approach to wealth management begins with an analysis of the social, ecological, and political problems of our time and with deep conversations with our clients. These steps result in the construction of portfolios that integrate financial goals while upholding a commitment to social change.
On behalf of institutional investors, R4 Capital Funding provides first mortgage capital for affordable multifamily housing properties throughout the US. R4 Capital Funding works directly with developers to source and structure all investments, providing risk-adjusted, market returns and full-service underwriting and asset and fund management to its investors.
The Sierra Club Foundation (SCF) promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. SCF supports climate solutions, conservation, and movement-building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy rooted in equity, justice, and inclusion. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals. We believe our fiduciary duty is not limited solely to the prudent oversight and investment of our assets, but includes a responsibility to manage and deploy those assets in a manner consistent with our mission and values. SCF was one of the initial signers to the Divest-Invest Philanthropy Initiative and has since moved beyond divestment to focus on a low carbon and climate solutions investment strategy. We also aim to utilize impact investing to empower communities with the resources, systems, and technologies needed to implement and scale equitable clean energy solutions, ensure access to clean air and clean water, protect natural resources, and improve resiliency and ability to adapt to climate change.
Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy that forges new paths to promote health and racial equity in partnership with communities, organizations and leaders. We are committed to reducing health disparities through convening, educating and strategic grantmaking.