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Announcing New SSIR Series on Racial Equity & Impact Investing

Foundations and our partners play a critical role in keeping “impact” at the heart of the growing impact investing movement. But there is one area of “impact” that has received insufficient attention: racial equity.
To address this issue, Mission Investors Exchange has been working with our members and highlighting best practices in philanthropy, including at our National Conference and at SOCAP. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the publication of a new series of 11 essays — How Foundations are Using Impact Investing to Advance Racial Equity — co-presented by Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) and Mission Investors Exchange.
These essays feature the perspectives of leading foundation presidents who have committed to addressing racial equity in their impact investing practices. Please see the complete list of authors below.
The series kicks off today with an essay by me, Impact Investing & Racial Equity: Foundations Leading the Way, and a companion essay by La June Montgomery Tabron of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Expanding Opportunity in the Capital Markets. Together, our pieces outline the moral and economic imperative of addressing racial inequity and provide diverse examples of foundation strategies to achieve meaningful progress. A new essay will be published in SSIR every Monday through April 29th.
We are grateful to all of the series contributors and hope these essays provide inspiration and actionable examples to help you advance your own work. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming essays in the series, new resources on racial equity, and polls to gather your knowledge on this topic. And please reach out directly to me if you have feedback or would like to share insights from your own practices. We are very eager to learn more from you and other experts in the field. Together, we can ensure that the impact investing movement plays a major role in the pursuit of racial equity.

Contributing Authors

  • Matt Onek, Mission Investors Exchange
  • La June Montgomery Tabron, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Justin Maxson, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Dr. Robert Ross and Amy Chung, The California Endowment
  • Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
  • Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Kevin Walker, Northwest Area Foundation   
  • Lata Reddy, Prudential Foundation
  • Lisa Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Don Chen, Surdna Foundation
  • Darren Walker, Ford Foundation

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