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
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.
DWS (prior named Deutsche Asset Management) is a global asset manager with a 20 year + history in ESG and impact investments. We believe that responsible investing can improve capital allocation decisions and enhance financial market stability. Our Sustainable Investments business mobilizes public and private capital with the objective of generating a return on investment and positive social and environmental outcomes for society. We work with all business divisions to advance ESG integration in line with client interests, business-specific goals, and tools to enhance risk-adjusted returns. We strive to improve corporate governance across our holdings.
Rasmuson Foundation supports both nonprofit organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for people throughout Alaska. By assisting those who address basic needs, arts and culture, and projects that address special circumstances, Rasmuson Foundation contributes to healthy, enriched and productive lives for Alaskans of all ages.
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.