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 and impact investing. Organizations early in their journey can scroll to the bottom for resources on what racial equity is and how to engage in broad organizational change—necessary ingredients of lasting commitments in any individual program.
 
MIE is still learning. 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 shared here focus on racial equity as it relates to U.S. society and do not explore global topics. Please reach out to us with your feedback and ideas!
The Latest From Racial Equity & Impact Investing
Activities and Strategies
As capital flows between stakeholders, people of color experience racial inequity across all points of exchange. For example, people of color 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 communities of color 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?

See how investors are evolving their teams and asset managers to reduce bias and consider racial equity in decision-making.

Who Receives Investment Capital?

See how investors are breaking down barriers of access to capital for investees, from entrepreneurs, to homeowners, to students.

Who is Affected By Products & Services?

This section explores how products and services resulting from investments can help—or harm—communities of color. Send us your ideas as we build this resource!

MIE-Stanford Social Innovation Review Webinar Recap
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.
Getting Started: Understanding Racial Equity & Strategies for Change
These resources provide a broad overview of racial equity, exploring how organizations move from awareness to commitments across organizations. While we curated these resources with the role of impact investing in mind, many focus on broad personal, organizational, and cultural change, necessary ingredients of any specialized areas of practice.
What is Racial Equity?

A brief synthesis of what racial equity means, how it differs from related terms, and where to go for deeper training.

How Does Racial Inequity Harm Society?

Research surfacing the great need for change and how racial inequity shapes America's past, present, and future.

How Can We Deepen Commitments?

Lessons from impact investors that are learning from and sharing their own journeys of organizational change.

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