Since our beginnings in 2004, Aeris has established risk management standards for private community loan funds (CDFIs) and has helped drive the development of impact measurement and management practices in the CDFI industry—a learning curve now being replicated in the broader impact investment world. In 2013, the Aeris Cloud became the first online platform to help CDFI investors understand the impact and financial performance of their investments. Today, the broader investing field seeks a reliable, high-quality tool to collect, manage, and analyze impact data. Aeris’ unique experience and expertise can help accelerate the pace of impact investing.
The mission of the Argosy Foundation is to support people and programs that make their society a better place to live. The foundation seeks to employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches that help people to help themselves, and become self-sustaining whenever possible. The foundation's intention is to solve systemic problems, build teams and communities, create replicable solutions, and inspire others to contribute in their own ways. Argosy's vision is a world where all people are empowered and inspired to make a positive impact on their communities and our world.
The Stevens and Nichols families share a commitment to education and the arts, together with an enduring appreciation of the inter-relatedness of local community to the international community and to the global environment. It is to this shared vision that the work of the Foundation is dedicated.
Please describe your experience with impact investing.: M&E Advisor to The Rockefeller Foundation IMM Advisor to the GIIN Action Group lead for advancing IMM for World Economic Forum Huddle Group Contributor to Impact Measurement and Management Project (Bridges Fund Management) Researcher and author of publications (Situating Next Generation of Impact Measurement and Evaluation for Impact Investing & Streams of Social Impact Work: Building Bridges in a new evaluation era with market- oriented players at the table, Case Studies under development) Founding member of Social Impact Measurement topical interest group for the American Evaluation Association. Convener and presenter on impact measurement and management at numerous convening and conference (e.g. Rockefeller Foundation side events at SOCAP 2015, 2016, GES Summit 2016, Impact Convergence Conference 2016, GEO 2017, MIE Learning Institute 2017, MIE Impact Measurement Webinar 2017,South Asia Evaluation Concalve 2017, American Evaluation Association 2015-2017, Lili'uokalani Innovation Huddle 2017) Evaluation and IMM Consultant to social enterprises and foundations
The mission of Mercy Investment Services is to enhance the financial resources of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through socially responsible investing. Mercy Investment Services engages in collaborative efforts to: Raise our corporate voice to effect systemic change in corporate policies and activities Provide capital to community organizations, and Participate in other investment opportunities consistent with our mission. Mercy Partnership Fund is the global community investing program of Mercy Investment Services. MPF seeks investment opportunities that benefit the poor, especially women and children, concentrating on those undeserved by traditional sources of capital. Current community investments are at work through approximately 60 mission-driven organizations, including community development financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, community development banks and credit unions, microfinance institutions and international funds. Mercy Investment Services recently established an Environmental Solutions Fund, which is focused on mission-related, market-rate investment strategies.
The Foundation's primary commitment is to improving the overall quality of life for economically and/ or educationally disadvantaged individuals and families who show a genuine desire to help themselves. The Foundation also supports efforts designed to strengthen communities. Priority is given to those charitable organizations and institutions with an established record of increasing economic and educational opportunities in both low-income, inner-city neighborhoods as well as in rural areas. The Foundation provides support in a variety of areas, including: low-income housing, affordable day care, after-school programs, drug rehabilitation clinics, juvenile intervention (pre-incarceration) counseling, job-training, micro-loans to small, family owned businesses in Central and South America, and Africa, rural land/open space preservation, and college scholarship support to exceptional public high school students.
Tideline is a consulting firm that provides tailored advice to organizations developing impact investment strategies, products, and solutions. Our mission is to help clients excel in realizing financial and societal value.
Upstart Co-Lab believes in the power of creative people to solve problems. We are disrupting how creativity is funded by connecting the $12 trillion of socially responsible and impact investing capital in the U.S. to the $804 billion U.S. creative economy.
Since 2016, Upstart Co-Lab has framed the creative economy as an impact investing priority; garnered international attention for impact investing in the creative economy; and connected more than $10 million of impact capital with creative economy opportunities. We have learned that the creative economy offers investors impact value, commercial viability and innovative edge; correlates with diversity, equity, inclusion; and is relevant in both developed and developing markets.
Recognized as the sector leader, Upstart Co-Lab is relentlessly focused on moving $25 million of impact capital to the creative economy in the next three years. We will do this working with investors partners and strategic partners to originate new investment vehicles including a socially-themed ETF, a fund focused on the global handcraft economy, and an Opportunity Zone Fund. Upstart Co-Lab is a project of nonprofit Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.