In 2010, the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance called for Canada’s public and private foundations to invest at least 10% of their capital in mission-related investments (MRI) by 2020.
Today, many Canadian foundations have begun or are exploring opportunities to invest their capital in ways that bring about positive social and environmental change, more closely aligning their investment portfolios with their visions. Some have made great strides and are national and international leaders in this space.
To continue to support these efforts, Environment Funders, Community Foundations of Canada, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada are working together on the next phase of education programs to help Canadian foundations implement more and better impact and responsible investing strategies across their endowment portfolios.
We are working with Rally Philanthropy and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) to bring our members Foundation Investing 2.0. The project is designed for foundation trustees, CEOs, executive directors and senior finance staff, to support them wherever they might be in their impact investing journey
Over the next year, there will be opportunities to participate in webinars, access practical tools and resources and join in-person workshops and masterclasses on key investment themes and issues including climate change, decent work and reconciliation. All of the activities will utilize hands-on and peer-learning approaches and provide practical steps to embed impact and responsible investing into investment oversight and governance.
Environment Funders members will be kept informed about opportunities through our e-newsletter and special bulletins. If you are not a member, join now to ensure you don’t miss out.