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Resources for Impact Investing

Barra is an early adopter of impact investing in the region. Our early experiments in this field have enabled Barra to “walk the walk” regarding innovation: experimenting with an emerging tool, learning from it and disseminating lessons learned.

In the spirit of learning from intentional innovation, Barra is working to build the field of impact investors in the region, particularly peer philanthropic institutions. By sharing resources that have informed our journey, we hope to help Philadelphia-area foundations learn about and engage in impact investing.


Research, Articles and Toolkits

Stanford Social Innovation Review impact investing articles

Articles from SSIR focusing on impact investing

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University of Pennsylvania Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Articles and resources from the Center philanthropy and investing strategies

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Georgia Social Impact Collaborative PRI Toolkit

A comprehensive guide and set of resources on impact investing and program-related investments

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Taking a Racial Equity Approach to Endowment Management

Panel discussion about models for advancing mission-alignment, integrating impact investing, and incorporating racial equity in endowment practices

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Philadelphia Impact Investment Landscape Scan

An assessment of the impact investing ecosystem in the Philadelphia area

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Mission-Aligned Investing: A model for maximizing philanthropic impact and equity

A look at Philanthropy Network’s Mission-Aligned Investing Cohort that creates space for leaders to learn, connect and lead change using a racial equity lens

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Where Does Your Cash Sleep at Night?

Advice for investing in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and supporting local social enterprise

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Volume 52: The Power of Catalytic Capital: First Step Staffing

Barra Foundation President Kristina Wahl’s take on using early-stage capital to reimagine change in the Greater Philadelphia region

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Chester Artists Revitalizing Corridor on Their Own Terms

An artist collective in a historically redlined community with unequal access to capital carefully chooses its investors, including The Barra Foundation

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Dark Cloud Over Good Works of Gates Foundation

How the Foundation reaps financial gains from investments that contradict its charitable work

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