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Poverty Narratives

ICYMI: When It's All About Poverty

In this issue, a TED talk on false poverty narratives, the dust-up over New York's homeless, the Fed's work on unemployment, and Pope Francis' tax statement.

Field Notes: 'An Authentic Human Ecology'

Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change puts forth a vision of an economy that is familiar to the impact investing community.

Soundbites: Deep Flaws in the Financial System

A BBC podcast from 2013 describes how we lose the wisdom of crowds when our financial system loses touch with reality.

In Case You Missed It

Those who call themselves "impact investors" intend to make a positive impact on the world. So what does Heron mean when we say that all investing is impact investing? Learn more in concepts.

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Our strategy focuses on using all of our capital and all the financial tools available to us to invest in enterprises, which is where we believe the most measureable impacts happen.

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In this podcast, Ross Baird offers insights into capital inequality and how Village Capital seeks investment opportunities beyond the usual suspects.

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We've created interactive presentations to guide you through the evolution and performance of our portfolio since inception.

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Changing the Nature of Work

ICYMI: Should Old Capitalism Be Forgot

In this issue, reports on jobs, automation and meritocracy; Uber and employment; capitalism revisited; the wealthy tax dance; and the rise of impact.

Thinking On: Employees Versus Workforce?

Toni Johnson brings up important questions surrounding employment in the wake of a "gig-economy" and use of prison labor.

POTM: November 2015

This month's photo captures the working class protests to increase minimum wage across the country.

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 And so have we.

Our mission is to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty. We are looking for ways to help rebalance the economy so that it ensures opportunity for all, which is a critical responsibility not only of philanthropy & government, but of business & investors. Learn more about how our we are evolving with the times.

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About Heron

In two posts to the field, Heron's President Clara Miller discusses the common myths we see in the social sector, the foundation’s progress on grantmaking and what lies ahead.

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Influencer Series: An Atypical Investment Strategy
Jan 19, 2015

In this podcast, Ross Baird offers insights into capital inequality and how Village Capital seeks investment opportunities beyond the usual suspects.

In Case You Missed It: This State of the Union's for You
Jan 16, 2015

The Pacific Standard highlights some key takeaways from census data on poverty and income inequality in the United States.

Thinking On: Employees Versus Workforce?
January 17, 2016

Toni Johnson brings up important questions surrounding employment in the wake of a "gig-economy" and use of prison labor.

In Case You Missed It: Should Old Capitalism Be Forgot
Jan 9, 2016

In this issue, reports on jobs, automation and meritocracy; Uber and employment; capitalism revisited; the wealthy tax dance; and the rise of impact.

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  • We are a philanthropic institution focused on improving economic opportunity and integration of poor people in the U.S. economy.
  • We are a mission investor that also makes grants to nonprofits.
  • We care about both financial and social performance of our investments.
  • We are enterprise-focused but our investment strategy uses a diverse set of financial tools and embraces a diverse set of sectors to improve U.S. employment.

Learn more about us, our mission and our strategy.

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Short vs Long-Term Thinking

ICYMI: The Omen of Short-Term Thinking 

In this issue, tongue-in-cheek discussion of healing the wealthy, of the psychology of tax evasion, the loss of low income housing, corporate short-termism and the evolution of accounting.

Field Notes: Doing Well While Doing Good? A Good Strategy!

A Wharton study finds that lower returns for impact investments need no longer be the default assumption.

Field Notes: Impact Funds and Financial Returns

Analysis by Cambridge Associates and Global Impact Investing Network shows that impact funds give returns similar to funds that only aim for profits.

 

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In this In Case You Missed It, why the poor don't rise up, robots messing up the future of work, the hullabaloo about trade deals harming the middle class, and philanthropy takes on inequality. Read more issues in the Pulse section.

In Case You Missed It

In this In Case You Missed It, we a look at the role of fairness in successful capitalism, challenges in saving for retirement and lessons for improving philanthropy. Read more issues in the Pulse section.

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In this Influencer video, Family Independence Initiative’s Mauricio Miller introduces a more effective alternative to imposing "solutions" on families in poverty. Also learn more about our holding FII.

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Jailed for Poverty

ICYMI: Poverty All Over This Place

In this issue, recidivism starts with paying your public defender, inner city and rural poverty explored, the coal jobs downturn, and the problem of corporate buy-backs.

Mapping Initiative, Not Need

David Henderson of FII says mapping strength-based data can provide policymakers a window into the incredible initiatives by families to escape poverty.

Soundbites: The New Costs of Incarceration

In this video, the Center for Public Integrity and CNBC show us how prison bankers, vendors, and corrections facilities, profit from inmates’ families.

In Case You Missed It

"Heron is investing for a thriving society."

We are a philanthropic institution that makes mission investments (including grants) focused on improving economic opportunity and integration of poor people in the U.S. economy. Click "show related" to see more on our investment strategy and investees.

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The core business practices of any enterprise have social and financial effects (through its operations, supply chain, and products/services). Learn more in concepts.

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Policymaking on Poverty

ICYMI: What's Eating the Poor

In this issue, policymaking on poverty, food insecurity and poor nutrition, why's it hard for women to get ahead, and the bank teller protests.

Guest Post: Mapping Initiative, Not Need

David Henderson of FII says mapping strength-based data can provide policymakers a window into the incredible initiatives by families to escape poverty.

Field Notes: A Look at the Bottom 40 Percent

The World Bank’s progress report on global poverty reveals falling prosperity for America’s poor.

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In this Field Notes, we highlight a REDF report discussing its mission-driven business investments and assessing their impact on beneficiaries as well as society as a whole.

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In this video, Matthew Welch discusses SASB’s mission to develop and report standardized metrics on environmental, social, and governance factors. See more influencers discuss vital issues.

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Join the Debate

In this issue of In Case You Missed It, discussion of race, poverty and riots, progressive fining and mass incarceration, and why Americans over estimate economic mobility. Read more issues in the Pulse section.

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In this video, Brooke Finn and Maggie Grieve explain how Success Measures helps organizations measure impact to guide improvements.

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Money that is invested into a nonprofit with a business plan that has two primary goals: scaling social impact and building enterprise health, primarily in the form of improved reliable revenue (earned and/or contributed). Learn more in concepts.

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In the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Heron's Clara Miller discusses social-impact bonds and whether or not they really can have an impact.

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We think that strong, positive impacts come from enterprises of all types that are stable, well-managed and well-capitalized.

 

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Aperio offers Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indexing strategies for public equity (stock) portfolios, and manages 20% of Heron's endowment. For more details see here...

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"...Because the world has changed, and so have we"

Poverty in the United States today is no longer marginal: excessive inequality, downward mobility and a lack of opportunity are now structural to the economy. Click "show related" to find out what this means and how Heron has changed in response.

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In this Better Know a Deal, RevolutionCredit’s Zaydoon Munir discusses how to improve a credit rating system that is currently leaving many behind, by enabling any aspiring consumer to be credit worthy.

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Our ultimate goal is not just improving employment but also revitalizing the economic ecosystem so that it provides long-term resilience for poor people allowing them to leave poverty and have a true opportunity for something greater.

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PHI provides training, advocacy, and development support for affiliated cooperative organizations providing direct home health care. Heron’s investment will support PHI to expand its training capacity, develop online training, and strengthen its balance sheet. Read More...

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New thoughts on poverty and the labor market, the “internet of things” and its economic impact, and gloomy news about climate change.

In Case You Missed It

We recognize that we can never fully accomplish our mission alone. Heron works with knowledge partners, co-investors, and our investees & grantees in movement to address poverty today. We hope to work with you to build an economy that let's people thrive.

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In this Better Know a Deal, Nigeria is part of a growing movement to entice expats to invest in their home areas to provide potentially vital new influxes of cash.

Better Know a Deal

In this Better Know Deal, Julie Corbett, founder of packing company Ecologic, discusses their product, practices, and future plans for the company and what is has to with jobs. Read More...or find out about our investment.

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Over the years, our team and board became increasingly convinced that philanthropy should be more than just traditional investing with a grantmaking arm atteched. We began using more and more of our endowment assets in positions where we thought we would have mission benefits.

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DBL Investors, L.P. ("DBL") Fund III uses venture capital to accelerate innovation in a way that positively affects an organization’s social impact as well as its financial success. DBL invests in and helps nurture outstanding entrepreneurs and companies in the cleantech, information technology, health care, and sustainable products and services sectors.

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In a very real sense, all foundations are already doing "impact investing." They just don't know if their impact is positive or negative.
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