Impact Investing

Leveraging private investment for community benefit

Impact investing is any type of investment structured to generate a financial return and a measurable social or environmental return. This strategy 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.

How it works

Philanthropists with a Community Philanthropy Fund can invest in one of Seattle Foundation’s current offerings, which are generated by our team and designed to support one of our investment priorities. If you have a Family Foundation, you can both participate in our current offerings as well as propose an impact investment in a company or nonprofit organization that you identify (subject to qualifying criteria and minimums, board approval and due diligence). This is a great way to mobilize multiple philanthropists to support a project or organization of common interest. For most impact investments, the minimum per philanthropists’ fund is $25,000. The overall investment must meet a minimum of $100,000 and a term of three years or longer.

Impact investing criteria

  • Advances our Blueprint for Impact
  • Addresses economic and racial equity
  • Generates ample donor interest
  • Located within geographic focus area

For more information or to get started with impact investing, email Kris Hermanns or call 206.388.1653.

Featured Investment

The Evergreen Impact Housing Fund is first-of-its-kind financing that closes a critical gap in affordable housing developments. This increases the production of housing for working families and promotes health, well-being, and equity throughout Washington State.