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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.--Clara Miller
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A Brookings Institute report examines how facets of poverty tend to cluster, disproportionately effecting blacks and Hispanics, and how de-coupling disadvantage types can lessen poverty’s oppression.

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Racial Inequality in Working America

Photo of the Month: June 2016
This photo of the month shows protesters at the trial of a cop involved in Freddie Gray's murder and highlights the need for racial and economic healing in Baltimore.

Soundbites: A Majority Minority Middle Class
In this podcast, Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink discusses why racial equity is an important component for America's middle class.

Field Notes: Reducing Inequality and Raising Wages By 2032
The Economic Policy Institute finds that people of color will be a majority of the American working class in 2032 and stresses the need to reduce inequality by then.

Field Notes: A Resource for American Health Recovery
Country Health Ranking and Roadmaps report presents collected health data, urging sectors to pursue equal health rights in the United States.

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The Data on Poverty

National and global poverty data reveals falling prosperity for America’s poor. See highlights and key takeaways from U.S. census data on poverty and income inequality, or our summary of the World Bank’s progress report on global poverty.

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In this issue, the Bilderberg discussion on endangered workers, Adam Smith's views on inequality, a newish Paul Ryan poverty plan, and the "appifying of philanthropy".

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The Future of The Middle Class

ICYMI: The Regrexit of the Left Behind
In this issue, why Brexit inequality matters for the United States, middle class politics, private equity's Main St. creep, and the candidates' philanthropy.

Multimedia: 'A Big Leap of Faith' Hiring Organized Farm Labor
After learning to make a living growing organic strawberries, one farmer decided to invest in the economic conditions of his own workers by using a union.

Field Notes: Reducing Inequality and Raising Wages By 2032
The Economic Policy Institute finds that people of color will be a majority of the American working class in 2032 and stresses the need to reduce inequality by then.

Field Notes: Creating 'Good Jobs' Through CDFI Investing
InSight at Pacific Community Ventures supports investment in "good jobs" with a report helping CDFIs define them & track their borrowers' impact on communities.

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Bad jobs contribute to more people living in poverty [and] a bad economy. -Zeynep Ton
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Canerow's Mia Birdsong asks us to take a deeper look at people living in poverty in her TED talk and argues we are listening to the wrong narrative.

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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. Read more here about our approach.

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About Heron

A few key lessons Heron learned as we began the process of transforming our portfolio toward 100 percent impact.

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Employees in Post-Fossil Fuel Economies

Photo of the Month: March 2016
The photo highlights the impact of NAFTA and other trade agreements on U.S. workers, which is a topic of the presidential campaign.

Soundbites: The Trouble in Post-Coal Communities
In this podcast, the Northern Plains Resource Council's Teresa Erikson discusses the declining coal industry's impact on communities once dependent on their success.

Field Notes: The Thorny Complexities of Impact Investing
Two articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Review delve into the difficulties of impact investing and why the traditional investment structure remains an obstacle.

ICYMI: The Thinner Common Good
In this issue, bank and coal bankruptcies, automation-proof jobs, campaigning on poverty, the racial divide, and the inequality discussion at Skoll.

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Heron President Clara Miller makes the case that the modern economy demands a different practice of philanthropy that makes use of all of its resources to actively engage for the public good. It upon her 2011 strategy document "The World Has Changed and So Must We," and explains our new operating model

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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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In this podcast, Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink discusses why racial equity is an important component for America's middle class.

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Soundbites

Americans no longer believe that they will be financially secure & stable.

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Soundbites on Impact Investing

Investing in the Real Economy: Gil Crawford talks about MicroVest, sustainable banking and the real economy.  
The Responsibility of Wealth: Joel Solomon of Renewal Funds discusses his organization's mission, focus on organic food, green technologies and future plans. 
An Atypical Investing Strategy: Ross Baird offers insights into capital inequality and how Village Capital seeks investment opportunities beyond the usual suspects. 
Transcending Impact Tribalism: CAPROCK's Matthew Weatherley-White discusses how the impact investing community can be inclusive while maintaining a high bar as the field moves beyond its earliest stages. 
'Socially Responsible Real Estate' in the UK: Shamez Alibhai of Cheyne Capital discusses their real estate impact fund, which includes low-income housing, and why he wants more competition. 
From Apartheid to Prisons, the Evolution of Impact: Sonia Kowall of Zevin Asset Management talks about the future of the impact space and punishment profiteering among public companies.

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A Demos report takes aim at credit checks for employment and the restrictions they impose on the most vulnerable populations.

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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 Heron, our investment strategy and investees.

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In this issue, Flint's nasty water crisis, the rise in white mortality, Walmart's million-worker pay raise, and why we should stop infantilizing those we fund.

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Ambassador James A. Joseph outlines the post-Katrina reconciliation still required in New Orleans and rest of Louisiana.

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Thinking On

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.  Related concepts include fiduciary duties and social performance.

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Thinking On: The Future of America's Poor

Climate's Impact on America's Poor: Now that the global climate agreement has been signed, let’s work to make the poor in the United States climate change resilient. 
Leaving Behind the ‘Undeserving Poor’: Heron’s Toni Johnson shares what it was like to spend part of childhood in poverty and how welfare reform debates fail to prioritize the future. 

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Thinking On

In this issue, we cover the normalcy of downward mobility and low wages, trade and tax havens on the campaign trail, universal income and a twist on pay for success.
 
Or check out recent issues on the Death of the Trickle-Down Notion, in which Paul Ryan admitted his "takers" mistake, or The Challenges of Poverty and Wealth, featuring a TED talk from economist Dambisa Moyo. 
 
Heron's weekly email includes information and reflections on poverty, employment, impact investing, philanthropy and inequality. Subscribe here.

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This interactive presentation outlines the four basic principles that inform how Heron deploys capital.

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This primer offers a quick guide to the Department of Labor's 2015 clarification on the fiduciary framework for impact investing by retirement funds.

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January’s photo captured San Francisco’s mass displacement of the homeless in order to accommodate Super Bowl City.

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Heron's Holdings

Learn more about the progress we have made in building our portfolio, see the full list of our holdings or check out individual holding profiles. For example, Aperio offers Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indexing strategies for public equity (stock) portfolios. DBL Investors attract private capital into low and moderate-income neighborhoods through “double bottom line” investing.

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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.  As an Enterprise Capital grantee, FII is one of our portfolio holdings.

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Deloitte’s fifth annual Millennial Survey highlights the gap between Millennials and their employers around what values build long-term business success.

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