What is Impact Investing?

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, clean technology, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.*

*Source: Global Impact Investing Network

Three Reasons To Consider Impact Investing

  1. Direct investment to the impact areas that mean the most to you:

     Affordable Housing
     Education
     Environment
     Healthcare
     Microfinance
     Agriculture
     Seniors
     Small Business
  2. Direct your investments to a particular place, including your own community

  3. Choose from products with a wide variety of risk/return profiles, product types, and investment terms

Resources and Tools

Before you invest, take the time to learn more about impact investing by visiting these websites.

From the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.

From the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) a national network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities across America.

From the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF): USSIF is the leading voice advancing sustainable, responsible, and impact investing across all asset classes.

From the Case Foundation – Driving social change by focusing on three key pillars: revolutionizing philanthropy, unleashing entrepreneurs and igniting civic engagement.

From Mission Investors Exchange, a national network of foundations and mission investing organizations that serves as a learning hub with an extensive library of reports, guides, articles, research, case studies, stories from the field, and investment policy templates.

You might also want to consult with your financial and tax professionals who can help you assess how these investments can fit into your overall portfolio and how they might affect your tax situation. Impact investing is not right for everyone; as with any investment, there are risks. Be sure to read all offering documents carefully before investing.