The Real Impact of Impact Investing
So what, exactly, is impact investing? 
Impact investors, like venture capitalists, bring inventiveness to the nonprofit arena. They not only support the nonprofit's socially driven mission, vision and values, but they also provide capital funding with an expectation of a financial and social return on investment.
 
Impact investors are individuals, foundations and corporations. They offer their time and expertise through advisory capacities and nonprofit accelerator programs. They help the nonprofit raise capital through equity investments, sometimes taking an ownership position in the nonprofit organization's for-profit social enterprise arms. Many times, impact investors offer flexible, lower-interest loans. Other times, they may seek only a return of their principal investment.

This month's featured article will explore this powerful emerging giving trend and explain how can executives sitting on nonprofit boards can work to attract such impact investment capital for their organizations.  
 
New Client Profile
  
Charles Darwin Foundation 
 for the Galapagos Islands

This year, The Phoenix Philanthropy Group was honored to be  
engaged by the Charles Darwin Foundation to scale their fundraising efforts to reflect their position as one of the world's preeminent conservation organizations.

Founded in 1959 with the help of the IUCN, UNESCO, and a team of worldwide conservationists, the Charles Darwin Foundation has worked for nearly 60 years to provide unique scientific solutions to protect the Galapagos Islands.

The graphic below illustrates just a few of the successes of this amazing organization.  
  
 

Earlier this month our team made their second journey to the islands, meeting the staff, working with senior leadership, and conducting a series of trainings.
Alumni Relations Summit in Puerto Rico
In February, Richard Tollefson, President of The Phoenix Philanthropy Group, was honored to serve as the keynote speaker for a gathering of alumni relations professionals from around Puerto Rico. Held on the campus of Universidad del Este, a component institution of Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez, the summit was the first of what is hoped to be a regular forum to discuss emerging trends and best practices.  
  
"It was a unique opportunity to share with professionals from other institutions, to see convergence points and to talk about the challenges we face in linking more students to their alma mater," said Alex Claudio, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez (SUAGM).

Giving USA Special Report:
Giving and the Golden Years: The Role of Private
Giving in Aging Services Organizations



The Giving USA Special Report, Giving and the Golden Years: The Role of Private Giving in Aging Services Organizations, provides a first-of-its-kind benchmark of the national aging services landscape. This includes information on state-by-state coverage and how these critical organizations are supported financially. The research within will allow organizations focused on serving aging populations to look at their current financial support and long-term trends to make decisions on how to ensure future financial stability.

As the only full-service member firm of The Giving Institute headquartered in the Southwest, we are able to provide access to industry leading research to help our clients and friends reach their strategic fundraising potential.

Download and Read the Entire Report Here