Recent research by Community Foundations of Canada found that while most of the community foundations in Canada do not currently have an impact investing strategy, one third of those organizations without a plan in place intend to change that in the next 24 months. There is pent up interest in practical steps and steady advice to help foundations manage innovation within their organizations.
With the right energy, tools, and opportunities we can move ahead quickly and at scale. Over the past year, Community Foundations of Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and Purpose Capital have been collaborating on a project to respond to what we see as a need for more dedicated resources rooted in the practical day-to-day realities of foundations and impact investors. This collaboration has resulted in a new Impact Investing Guidebook aimed at Canadian foundations that are ready to begin using their assets differently, learn more about impact investing, and develop strategies to engage with it.
As well, this partnership between our three organizations responds to a gap: the need for more customized support. The most successful foundations in the first wave have been working with experts and advisors to frame their investment strategies.
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As foundations take on impact investing, they are adjusting their staffing and governance, and creating new operational pathways inside their organizations. Many foundations cannot afford customized external support to make these transitions. Together, the three lead Impact Investing Guidebook partners have spent much of the past year conducting surveys, focus groups, and interviews to create a helpful resource for the sector.
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In addition, customized advice will be available through a coaching service at preferential rates for member foundations. This new guidebook will fill an information and action gap for many foundations. We hope that it will be of significant help to the next wave of foundation impact investors in Canada and add to the momentum that we are seeing develop in this field. Other ingredients are also needed, including continued collaboration with product developers and managers to connect supply and demand. This includes cooperation with governments at all levels to help shape the market and align incentives.
As we focus on larger and more complex goals, for example making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to mobilize our resources to the fullest extent possible. Impact investing can become an important tool in our work on environmental and social priorities, in collaboration with other sectors. And finally, in a changing world where charities are increasingly earning revenue and taking on debt, and we see social enterprise and social purpose business taking off, foundations must shift their own cultures, practices, and capacities to align with new opportunities.
For more information visit impactinvesting. Hilary Pearson is the former president of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a pan-Canadian network for organized philanthropy, based in Montreal. When it took off in the summer of , videos of people pouring freezing water on their heads spread like wildfire on social media.
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The association is now funding research in mice to better understand how that defective gene plays out in the progression of ALS. To try to make more such discoveries, the association is pouring money into tracing other genetic variants linked to the disease. Such mutations are believed to be responsible in about 10 percent of ALS cases.
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Part of the ice bucket money is supporting such research. Scientists in St. There are plenty of compounds that have impressed scientists with what they can do in the Petri dish or in mice. Ice bucket money is helping provide that boost.
The goal is to silence genes that sometimes trigger the toxicity involved in ALS. The spectacular success of the ice bucket challenge has made it a case study for other charities. Experts have identified key factors that made it work: the spirit of competition. The perfect timing in the dog days of summer. The interactive nature, ideal for social media and alluring to celebrities.
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