Racial Equity & Impact Investing

A combination of curated, synthesized, and original content, this library of resources is intended to help foundations and investors at different stages of practice begin to explore the many ways they can grow and deepen their commitments to racial equity in their investing practices.
MIE is committed to learning and is grateful for your feedback as we deepen our commitment to racial justice and hold ourselves to account as we aspire to be the change we seek. This page is part of our efforts to share as we learn, feature the knowledge of organizations and individuals who are more advanced in their journey, and evolve in partnership with you. Although all aspects of racial inequity are important, the resources here primarily focus on racial equity as it relates to U.S. society and its legacy of systemic anti-Black violence and oppression. Please reach out to us with your feedback and ideas.
The Latest From Racial Equity & Impact Investing
Getting Started: Understanding Racial Equity and Committing to Change
If you are not certain how systemic racism shapes American society or need resources to help your organization begin to examine its policies, practices, and programs, start here. While we curated these resources with the role of impact investing in mind, many focus on broad personal, organizational, and systemic change, which are necessary ingredients of any specialized areas of practice.
What is Racial Equity?

Learn about what racial equity means, how it differs from related terms, and where to go for deeper training.

How Does Racial Injustice Harm Society?

Racial injustice shapes America's past, present, and future. Learn here why we must mobilize with urgency for personal, institutional & systems change.

How Can We Deepen Commitments?

How does change look in practice? These impact investors are learning from and sharing their own journeys.

Disrupting Unjust Flows of Capital
As capital flows between stakeholders, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) experience racial inequity across all points of exchange. For example, BIPOC are both less likely to have opportunities to make investment decisions and access investment capital. Because of these and other societal factors, the products or services resulting from investments can also lock BIPOC out from opportunity—or cause long-term harm. This section explores how impact investors are seeking to tackle inequity at all points of exchange in our vast capital markets.
Who Shapes Investment Strategy?

These resources can help you examine, influence, and/or change capital allocators, a critical element of advancing racial equity in capital markets.

Who Receives Investment Capital?

Who is receiving your investment capital? Investors can break barriers of access and direct capital to BIPOC-led organizations and banks, as well homeowners, students, and other consumers.

Who is Affected?

Who receives or has access to helpful products and services? Who is most affected by harmful products and services that you may be invested in? As organizations "own what they own" please share learnings to help build these resources.

SOCAP19: Spotlight on sessions and Recordings on Racial Equity
MIE-Curated Series in Stanford Social Innovation Review
These essays explore the journeys of ten leading foundations as they embed racial equity into their organizations and impact investing practices. Their diverse efforts remind us that, along the many different roads to change, there are scores of ways to pursue racial equity.
MIE-Stanford Social Innovation Review Webinar Recap

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