Impact investing is any type of investment structured to generate both a financial return and a measurable social or environmental return. This strategy that achieves both goals is one reason more philanthropists are choosing Seattle Foundation as their philanthropic partner.
Seattle Foundation philanthropists can participate in impact investments through a Community Philanthropy Fund, Family/Personal Foundation, or Corporate Foundation, including loan guarantees, loans to nonprofit organizations or equity investments in a business (subject to qualifying criteria and financial feasibility standards). These investments can be made in for-profit companies working toward positive social and environmental change, and in nonprofit organizations with revenue streams. The principal is generally returned (according to the terms of the specific investment) and the income generated is also returned to the philanthropist's fund, continuing the cycle of social investment.