The growth of impact investing is being driven by family offices, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals. As this cohort of investors navigates this new frontier of investing, many are finding it challenging to engage their key stakeholders—trustees, family members, staff, and more—because of the long-held practice of maintaining a divide between philanthropic giving and investing. Engaging trustees and staff who are philanthropically oriented to consider finance vehicles, or engaging investment staff to consider social or environmental impact, is a significant paradigm shift. However, this by no means is an obstacle for developing a meaningful strategy. Here are a few tips for foundations seeking to explore an impact investing strategy.
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