The Barra Foundation began experimenting with impact investing in 2016. Just as we fund organizations that test and learn from novel approaches, we are walking that walk with impact investing.
At Barra, we see impact investing as an opportunity to leverage the other 95 percent. The language and definitions for impact investing are continuing to evolve, but Barra has focused its efforts on these categories:
Barra has committed 15% of our endowment to these three categories (approximately 5% in each). As Barra continues to build our impact investing portfolio, we will be adding information to this section of our website. For now, the work that we share focuses on the mission-aligned component of our portfolio, which is focused in our five-county region and is most closely aligned with our charitable mission.