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".
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.
A few key lessons Heron learned as we began the process of transforming our portfolio toward 100 percent impact.
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.
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.
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.
Americans no longer believe that they will be financially secure & stable.
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.
A Demos report takes aim at credit checks for employment and the restrictions they impose on the most vulnerable populations.
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.
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.
Ambassador James A. Joseph outlines the post-Katrina reconciliation still required in New Orleans and rest of Louisiana.
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.
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.
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This interactive presentation outlines the four basic principles that inform how Heron deploys capital.
This primer offers a quick guide to the Department of Labor's 2015 clarification on the fiduciary framework for impact investing by retirement funds.
January’s photo captured San Francisco’s mass displacement of the homeless in order to accommodate Super Bowl City.
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.
Deloitte’s fifth annual Millennial Survey highlights the gap between Millennials and their employers around what values build long-term business success.