Black and Brown business owners need affordable loans and accessible, free advice. They also need markets to support them at all levels. For centuries, the finance industry has not only been complicit in racist policies like redlining, underinvesting in Black-owned businesses, and profiting off of bad mortgages to Black homeowners, but many fortunes were built out of funding slavery at worst and Black exploitation at best. The impact investing industry can offer a new path, and invest in communities of color to close the wealth gap. PCV has received a significant grant from The Tipping Point Fund to conduct research on promising impact investing policies that address inequality and the wealth gap, and will be shared with each presidential campaign.
The Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing (“TPF”), a donor collaborative vehicle with a mission of scaling the practice of impact investing, today announced its first round of policy-focused grant recipients. The TPF will award $752,000 in grants to eight organizations to help raise the voice of impact investors and encourage leaders in Washington D.C. to consider how U.S. federal policy can catalyze the flow of private capital towards urgent social, economic and environmental challenges.
The TPF was launched in December 2019 with initial funding from organizations including Blue Haven Initiative, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Omidyar Network. As of June 2020, the TPF had raised $14 million in funding and remains open to additional funders who wish to contribute to the work of building the impact investing field.
“Policymakers across the ideological spectrum realize that there is an urgent and growing need for new ideas that can meaningfully address the social, economic and environmental crises that continue to proliferate around the world,” said Fran Seegull, Project Director for the TPF and the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, a nonprofit organization that facilitated the co-design and fundraising of the TPF. “The first eight grantees announced today bring deep experience and expertise in policymaking, impact investing and engagement with key stakeholders, and this funding will catalyze new ideas for how impact investors and policymakers can align and contribute to an equitable and inclusive future.”
“Both the COVID crisis and the movement for racial justice call urgent attention to the need to address profound structural inequality in our economy,” said Chris Jurgens, Chair of the TPF Executive Committee. “We need solutions to ensure capital is deployed to promote opportunity for all, not to further entrench injustice. Policies such as those advanced by these grants offer a critical means to achieve this goal.”
The first round of grant recipients includes the following organizations:
- B Lab will continue to advocate for economic systems change by finalizing and disseminating its white paper on new fiduciary standards that would mandate increased accountability and transparency into the impact on key stakeholders of business operations and institutional investment decisions.
- The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) will host a series of roundtable discussions and develop a comprehensive policy brief with actionable recommendations for lawmakers and officials on how to foster micro, small, and medium enterprises through development finance strategies.
- Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) will develop a new tax policy proposal to incentivize private investment in community development financial institutions (CDFIs).
- Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) will publish a white paper on promising impact investing policy ideas that advance quality jobs and address inequality in the U.S. – helping to build back better from COVID-19.
- PRI Association will develop and advocate for policy recommendations to align financial regulation with greater consideration of impact in investment processes.
- The Sorenson Impact Center, housed at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, will research a range of potential policy priorities—from reform of the Community Reinvestment Act to tax incentives that promote patient capital—to unlock catalytic capital in the impact investing market and refine the most promising solutions into a series of products tailored to policymakers.
- Stockbridge Advisors will develop the initial chapters of a “desktop manual,” a concise guide to help policymakers embed principles of impact across initiatives and understand the “how” and “why” behind the impact they seek.
- The Urban Institute will develop a series of white papers focused on explaining impact investing to policymakers, contextualizing impact investing within current critiques of philanthropy, and positioning impact investing as a component of new wealth strategies.
The selected projects are intended to present a wide array of policy solutions that leverage private capital for public good in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential Election.
About the Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing
The Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing (“TPF”) is a donor collaborative vehicle developed with the mission of creating and supporting public goods that are critical to the continued growth and fidelity of the impact investing market. The TPF was launched in December 2019 and now has over $14 million in philanthropic capital, which will be used to develop the infrastructure that is needed to mobilize private capital for public good. The funding will build on existing field building efforts by prioritizing the areas that are chronically under-funded, are best suited for collective action and that require additional support beyond that provided by individual grantmaking. Learn more at www.tpfii.org.
About the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance
The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (“Alliance”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the impact investing ecosystem by bridging market gaps and addressing shared challenges. The Alliance’s long-term vision is to place measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial return and risk at the center of every investment decision. www.impinvalliance.org.